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French Baccalauréat has started with first exam, philosophy

media Students started their Bac with philosophy Reuters/Stephane Mahé

After weeks of preparation, the Baccalauréat exams have begun in France. More than 684,000 students took their seats Wednesday morning to face the first test - philosophy.

Pupils aged between 13 and 93 are taking the ‘Bac’, as it is called in France, between June 17 and June 24. More than half of the candidates (51%) are taking the bac général, 29% the bac professionnel and 19.7% the bac technologique.

Most candidates began with philosophy, at 8am Wednesday morning. They had to face questions such as “Respect for all human beings - is it a moral duty?” or “Is one’s conscience the reflection of the society it belongs to?”...

Those studying the bac professionnel began with French, followed by history and geography on Wednesday afternoon.

On top of the 4,242 examination centres in France, there are a further 141 open in 85 different countries around the world for the 16,485 students overseas. Calendars vary depending on geographic zones: in North America, for example, the exams are already over. But in South America, they will take place between November 16 and November 25.

Successful candidates will receive diplomas identical to those given in France.

The average cost of a bac is €81.40, which covers organisation, transport and invigilators.

To mark the exams costs a further €5 per copy. This year’s students expected to produce four million copies for 170,000 correctors.

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