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Study confirms boom in French student numbers

Statistics published by the French government have confirmed the sharp rise in the student population in 2015-16 that led universities to complain of being “full to bursting”.

The figures, published on 30 August, show that 2.55 million students were enrolled in higher education in France in 2015-16, an increase of 3.2 per cent.

This figure includes compulsory dual enrolments to preparatory classes for students on some courses offered by France’s elite grandes écoles. When these are removed, the increase in student numbers is pegged at 2.5 per cent, or 61,000 more students than in 2014-15.

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