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The Liceo Franco Mexicano A.C. or the Lycée Franco-Mexicain is a private French school with two campuses in Mexico City and one in Morelos. It is one of the largest French Lycées in the world with over 3,000 students in two campuses, Polanco in Miguel Hidalgo, northern Mexico City and Coyoacán in southern Mexico City. There is also another dependency located in the city of Ocotepec, Cuernavaca, Morelos, called École Molière de Cuernavaca (Escuela Molière).
The Lycée was established in 1937 so that the extensive French community in Mexico could give a French education and culture to their family and stay linked to their motherland. Since then the school has evolved a lot and the amount of students has increased considerably. Nowadays the school receives mostly French-Mexican and Mexican students, but also children of many diplomats from all over the world, the children of all the French expatriate workers and many other students from other European countries.
Before the equivalent of high school, the school is divided into a "French" and a "bilingual" section. In the first one, all the courses are given in French (except language courses). In the other section, the classes are taught in Spanish, but they include a French language course. By high school, students of the "bilingual" section are proficient in the language and the two sections are mixed together under the French system and all courses are in French.
The academic level of the school is extremely good and it is recognized as one of the best schools in Mexico, especially recognized for its high level of mathematics (on the same level than the Mexican-Japanese Lyceum and the Colegio Alemán Alexander von Humboldt). The results of the Baccalauréat are especially good, with 97% of students having passed the exam. After graduating, the students follow several paths. The majority are admitted into prestigious Mexican universities, however a good amount also follow superior studies in French universities and the so-called "classes prepa". There is also an increasing amount of students who decide to study in other countries (US, Switzerland, UK, etc.).
Artists, scientists, CEOs, academics and politicians (as former Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jorge Castañeda Gutman and acclaimed German historian Friedrich Katz) all studied at the LFM, among many other distinguished alumni.
- Arielle Dombasle
- Jorge Castañeda Gutman
- Friedrich Katz
- Elena Poniatowska
- Justo Sierra
- Home. Lycée Franco-Mexicain. Retrieved on March 14, 2014. "polanco Homero 1521, Col. Polanco, México, D.F., C.P. 11560" and "coyoacán Calle Xico 24, Col. Oxtopulco Universidad, México, D.F. C.P. 04310" and "cuernavaca Francisco I. Madero 315, Ocotepec, Morelos, C.P. 6220"
- "Cinq questions à... Arielle Dombasle." Canoe.ca. 08-03-2007. Retrieved on March 14, 2014. "Arielle Dombasle passe son enfance au Mexique où elle étudie dans un lycée franco-mexicain."
- Ai Camp, Roderic. Mexico's Mandarins: Crafting a Power Elite for the Twenty-first Century. University of California Press, 2002. ISBN 0520233433, 9780520233430. p. 262. "A younger version of Fuentes is Jorge G. Castañeda[...]Castañeda has spent much of his life outside Mexico,[...]Even when he completed his secondary and preparatory studies in Mexico City in the late 1960s, it was at the French Lycee, subsidized by the French government."
- Haffenstangel, Renata von. México, el exilio bien temperado. National Autonomous University of Mexico, January 1, 1995. ISBN 9683644481, 9789683644480. p. 350. "Aquí Friedrich Katz obtuvo su bachillerato en el Liceo Franco-Mexicano en 1945."
- Schuessler, Michael Karl. Elena Poniatowska: An Intimate Biography. University of Arizona Press, 2007. ISBN 0816525013, 9780816525010. p. 29. "In an interview, Elena provided some curious details regarding her elementary education from the perspective of a newly arrived little girl:[...]Afterwards, I attended the Liceo Franco Mexicano with my sister Kitzia, but she did not like[...]"
- Tenenbaum, Barbara A. "Payno and Mexico's Financial Reform." In: Peloso, Vincent C. and Barbara A. Tenenbaum (editors). Liberals, Politics, and Power: State Formation in Nineteenth-century Latin America. University of Georgia Press, 1996. ISBN 0820318000, 9780820318004. p. 233 "Justo Sierra Méndez, for example, received his education at the Liceo-Franco Mexicano in Mexico City"