The Lycée Louis-le-Grand (sometimes nicknamed LLG) is a public secondary school located in Paris, widely regarded as one of the most demanding in France. Formerly known as the Collège de Clermont, it was named in king Louis XIV of France's honor after he visited the school and offered his patronage.
It offers both a high-school curriculum (a lycée with 800 pupils), and a college-level curriculum (classes préparatoires with 900 students), preparing students for entrance to the elite Grandes Écoles. Louis-le-Grand is famous for having the highest success rates for École Polytechnique, École Normale Supérieure, École des Hautes Études Commerciales, École Centrale Paris and École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris. Students at the Lycée are called magnoludoviciens.
Louis-le-Grand, founded in 1563, is located in the heart of the Quartier Latin, the traditional student's area of Paris. Rich in history, architecture, culture, this area is home to the oldest and the most prestigious educational establishments in France, the Sorbonne and the Collège de France.
Louis-le-Grand plays a leading role in the education of French elites. Countless former pupils have become statesmen, diplomats, prelates, marshals of France, members of the Académie française, and men and women of letters. "The Jesuit College of Paris", wrote Élie de Beaumont in 1862, "has for a long time been a state nursery, the most fertile in great men". Indeed Molière, Voltaire, Victor Hugo are former students who became famous writers and, Georges Pompidou, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Robespierre, Jacques Chirac, all presidents of the French Fifth Republic, all once spent time on the benches of Louis-le-Grand. Renowned foreign students of the Lycée include King Nicholas I of Montenegro and Léopold Sédar Senghor, the first president of Senegal.
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