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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 number of students has increased considerably. The school building was designed by Vladimir Kaspé. 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 number of students who decide to study in other countries (US, Switzerland, UK, etc.).
The National Institute of Fine Arts (Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, INBA) declared that the original building has artistic value. The Secretariat for Housing and Urban Development of the Government of Mexico City (Secretaría de Desarrollo Urbano y Vivienda del Gobierno del Distrito Federal; SEDUVI) declared that the original building has heritage value.
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.
- Jorge Castañeda Gutman
- Justo Sierra
- Friedrich Katz
- Elena Poniatowska
- Daniel SanMateo
- Nicole Reich de Polignac
- Jorge Volpi
- Juan Manuel Gómez Robledo
- Anna Fusoni
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- Haffenstangel, Renata von. México, el exilio bien temperado. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1 de enero de 1995. ISBN 9683644481, 9789683644480. p. 350. "Aquí Friedrich Katz obtuvo su bachillerato en el Liceo Franco-Mexicano en 1945."
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