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Julien Absalon's school - Lycée André Malraux, France

World Class 2012 in partnership with the British Council tell the stories of the schools where the dreams begin.

Lycée André Malraux are twinned with The Thomas Audley School, Essex
Lycée André Malraux

The school is in the picturesque mountainous area of the Hautes-Vosges in north eastern France.

Map of France
Students - 1,600, ages 16 to 24
Teachers - 100
Where in the world? Remiremont, France
Languages - French, Turkish, English, German and Spanish

Pupils make good use of the surrounding countryside and popular outdoor pursuits include cycling and skiing.

The 1,600 pupils are aged between 16 and 24 and the majority go on to study at university after graduation.

Many students specialise in woodwork and engineering. Most pupils speak French or Turkish at home and study languages at school including English, German and Spanish.

Sports facilities include a stadium, gym and the school also has its own ampitheatre.

Julien's school days

Julien left the school approximately ten years ago and has since gone on to win two Olympic golds and 17 World Cups.

Julien was a pleasant and well-mannered student with a keen interest in cycling
Benjamine Tazi, English teacher

The cyclist is remembered by his teachers as a well-mannered student, but his interest in, and dedication to, cycling also left an enduring impression.

To the current students at Lycée André Malraux, Julien's achievements are an inspirational example of what can be achieved with hard work and motivation.

school stadium
Lycée André Malraux's stadium is surrounded by the hills of the Hautes-Vosges

World Olympic Dreams

Julien is one of the athletes being tracked as London 2012 approaches and they strive to make their Olympic dreams a reality.

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see also
2012 mountain to climb for Julien Absalon
18 Aug 10 |  World Olympic Dreams
Tom Daley introduces World Class 2012
27 Jul 10 |  World Olympic Dreams

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