Truth or happiness? French students must choose

12th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 12, 2006 (AFP) - Hundreds of thousands of French school students crammed into exam halls Monday for the start of the feared 'baccalauréat', with as every year the philosophy paper offering the first stomach-churning challenge.

PARIS, June 12, 2006 (AFP) - Hundreds of thousands of French school students crammed into exam halls Monday for the start of the feared 'baccalauréat', with as every year the philosophy paper offering the first stomach-churning challenge.

Among questions open to the 330,000 sitting the "general" baccalauréat were: "Should one prefer happiness to truth?"; "Can experience prove anything?"; "Can one judge objectively the value of a culture?"; and "Does it make sense to wish to escape time?"

Overall more than 640,000 school-leavers are sitting the exam, which also has "technology" and "professional" versions and qualifies for going on to university. This is a small increase on 2005.

Preparation for the 'bac' was disrupted in April by the nationwide student protests against the French government's proposed new jobs contract for under 26 year-olds, which was eventually abandoned.

Some 140,000 baccalauréat examiners are required to correct the four million papers which are produced, at a cost of EUR 40 million.

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