10 Questions For Jean-Robert Pitte

Geographer Jean-Robert Pitte, 56, president since 2003 of the University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), rose to notoriety this spring with his criticism of the uprising against the government's abortive law to make it easier to fire — and therefore hire — young people. Pitte's new book, Young People, They're Lying to You: Reconstructing the University, is a stinging critique of French education. He spoke with Time's James Graff in Pitte's office.

How many of the 26,000 students at the Sorbonne are really students? Between 10 and 15% of them are false students who enroll...

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