| Lycée Louis-le-Grand |
The Lycée Louis-le-Grand is a prestigious secondary school located in Paris. Founded in 1563 by the Jesuits as the Collège de Clermont, it was renamed in King Louis XIV of France's honor after he extended his direct patronage to it in 1682. It offers both a sixth-form college curriculum (as a lycée or high school with 800 pupils), and a post-secondary-level curriculum (classes préparatoires with 900 students), preparing students for entrance to the elite Grandes écoles for research, such as the École normale supérieure (Paris), for engineering, such as the École Polytechnique, or for business, such as HEC Paris.
The lycée is situated opposite the Sorbonne and adjacent to the Collège de France. Its southern side opens onto the place du Panthéon, which is the location of its historical rival, the Lycée Henri-IV. These two lycées are home to the oldest preparatory classes in France, which are commonly viewed as the most selective in the country.
Because of this, Louis-le-Grand is considered to play an important role in the education of French elites. Many of its former pupils have become influential scientists, statesmen, diplomats, prelates, intellectuals and writers. "The Jesuit College of Paris", wrote Élie de Beaumont in 1862, "has for a long time been a state nursery, the most fertile in great men". Indeed, former students have included writers Molière, Victor Hugo and Charles Baudelaire, revolutionaries Maximilien Robespierre and Camille Desmoulins, as well as seven former presidents of the French Republic and countless other ministers and prime ministers, philosophers such as Voltaire, the Marquis de Sade, Denis Diderot, Emile Durkheim, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean Cavaillès and Jacques Derrida, scientists Évariste Galois, Henri Poincaré and Laurent Schwartz, and artists Eugène Delacroix, Edgar Degas and Georges Méliès. Renowned foreign students of the lycée include King Nicholas I of Montenegro, Léopold Sédar Senghor, and Saint Francis de Sales.
Alumni on Wikispooks
|Jacques Chirac||29 November 1932||France||Politician|
|Laurent Fabius||20 August 1946||France||Politician||French politician who attended the 1994 and 2016 Bilderbergs|
|Pierre Mendès France||11 January 1907||18 October 1982||France||Politician||Prime Minister of France in the 1950s, Bilderberg 1968, Le Siecle|
|Fabrice Fries||10 March 1960||France||Businessperson||French CEO of Agence France-Presse.|
|Bernard-Henri Lévy||5 November 1948||France||Propagandist||A French 'philosopher' who has created an intellectual alibi for every US/NATO intervention since the 1980s. Lévy is also a militant supporter and apologist for Zionism and the Israeli state.|
|Frédéric Oudéa||3 July 1963||France||Financier||French financier|
|Georges Pompidou||5 July 1911||2 April 1974||France||Politician||President of France from 1969 until his death in 1974 from a rare form of cancer. 1960 Bilderberg|
|Jean-Paul Sartre||21 June 1905||15 April 1980||Philosopher|
|Louis-Charles Viossat||22 March 1964||France||Civil servant|
|Revolving door Big Pharma lobbyist who was responsible for French Covid vaccine rollout. Replaced in January 2021 because he was perceived as too slow.|