Senegal is currently hanging on the lips of French investigators who are actively looking for Senegalese student Diarry Sow who has been missing for more than a week. The reasons for this media coverage and this anguish which shines through in the many messages that fuse everywhere are fully justified. Because beyond being a Senegalese who is going through a difficulty in a foreign country, Diary Sow is a genius who arouses a lot of hope for the country.
Twice in a row, the best student in Senegal, she is following at the Lycée Louis le Grand in the footsteps of great personalities who have marked the world. French public upper secondary school created in 1888, the Lycée Louis le Grand had to welcome three Presidents and 9 Prime Ministers of the 5th French Republic. Indeed, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, Georges Pompidou, Jacques Chirac have all been through this establishment. In addition to them, the establishment has seen Prime Ministers of Marianne’s country as emblematic as Michel Rocard, Alain Juppé, the current president of the French Constitutional Council Laurent Fabius who is until then the youngest head of government of the Fifth Republic (He was 38 when Mitterrand appointed him in 1984 to Matignon).
The Lycée Louis le Grand, ranked in 2018 by the newspaper Le Figaro 3rd best establishment in France, has boarders as distinguished as the writers Charles Baudelaire, Victor Hugo, Denis Diderot, Molière, Voltaire, Jacques Derrida, Romain Rolland and Jean Paul Sartre (the latter two respectively Nobel Prize for Literature in 1915 and 1964), sociologists such as Emile Durkheim and Pierre Bourdieu. Other Nobel Prize winners such as Maurice Allais (Economics 1983) and Henry Becquerel did their humanities in this school which welcomes more than 1,800 boarders.
DIARRY SOW, HEIR OF CESAIRE, SOULEYMANE BACHIR DIAGNE AND ABDOUL MBAYE
With around forty classes, mainly scientific, the Lycée Louis le Grand also welcomed several African personalities in general and Senegalese in particular. The current president of Cameroon Paul Biya, the poet and cantor of Negritude Aimé Césaire also did their humanities in the school of Diarry Sow.
In Senegal, the young novelist has brilliant predecessors to Louis the Great, starting with the first President of Senegal Léopold Sédar Senghor. In addition to the cantor of the “Black Woman”, the French establishment gave Senegal a Prime Minister in the person of Abdoul Mbaye and one of the 50 best thinkers in the world. Indeed, the philosopher and teacher at the University of Colombia, Pr Souleymane Bachir Diagne, prepared there an entrance examination to the Ecole Normale Supérieure. He will also be the first Senegalese to join this prestigious school. Note also that the Lycée Louis le Grand has around forty classes, mainly scientific. There are around 920 students in 25 classes for the second cycle and around 900 students in 21 preparatory classes for the grandes écoles.
Regarding the preparatory classes, the high school hosts the scientific stream, the literary stream (two higher letters – hypokhâgnes – and two upper first – khâgnes – A / L classic) and the economic branch (first and second year).