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The assumption that modern youth is truculent and lacking in respect for “elders and betters” rarely survives a visit to a college or, in my most recent experience, a lyc?e. The wary modernisation of French education has not, yet, led to banishing philosophy from the curriculum in terminal (the last year before the bac), even if the Gallic notion of the subject rarely embraces such jejune ideas as respect for the truth; but it has made room for film-making as an ancillary “discipline.” Seduced from my Perigordine desk on a Wednesday morning in order to “redonner un peu ?  la…

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