French President Emmanuel Macron introduced on Thursday a plan to shut the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA), the elite postgraduate college that for many years has churned out the nation’s high civil servants.
Macron has mentioned he desires to make sure essentially the most senior echelons of presidency higher mirror the range of recent society.
He now plans to switch the ENA with a brand new “institute of public service” that will be extra open, extra various and fewer bureaucratic.
ENA has educated most of France’s presidents, cupboard ministers and senior civil servants since 1945, together with President Macron himself.
Nevertheless it’s been criticised for producing out-of-touch elites, and Macron first signalled his intention to reform it following the social unrest of the Yellow Vest motion in 2018.
As a result of the ENA entrance examination is so tough, it’s de facto reserved for privileged college students who’ve studied at France’s finest faculties.
Most ENA college students come from upper-class backgrounds – round 70 per cent in recent years, in comparison with about 45 per cent within the 1950s.
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