Education: Reform in France

When French Education Minister Edgar Faure (TIME, Aug. 23) first presented his plans for reform of the nation's universities to the De Gaulle Cabinet, Foreign Minister Michel Debre listened and remarked: "It is madness." De Gaulle replied: "If the Minister of Education were mad, it would show." Quipped Faure: "According to some, there are disturbing symptoms."

Despite such mock doubts about the Minister's sanity, the National Assembly last week approved his plan, although only after a highly emotional debate. The program adds up to the most sweeping revision of higher education in France...