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> French companies, especially large ones, have a really strong bias towards applicants from well known and somewhat elitist public schools,

Not only French companies, but also banks, hedge funds, companies like Google and so on...

I was saying that in an other comment, but recently Google Paris organized a programming contest. All teams in the top ten came from top schools (mainly ENS, but also ECP and X) whereas 42 performed extremely poorly.

There's a reason why employers are biased towards elite schools.

42 performed poorly because it's only been in existence for a year so they have no graduates yet. Only people who've been learning for a year. Time will tell if this school will produce great coders.

The people participating in the Google hashcode contest for any school do not have graduated from that school yet.

That's good to know, and I welcome the data point, but I'm fairly doubtful of the relevance of this Google contest. Way too many factors enter in consideration (did the best programmers of x and y school enter? did they prepare the same way? did they take it seriously? ...).

Does this provide real proof that the model on which 42 is based is wrong? Moreover, how well does a score in this programming contest correlates to real world performance?

From experience, the strengths of school networks is a much stronger reason why employers are biased towards elite schools. Please note that I'm not saying elite schools aren't good (it's a pool I hired and will hire from), I'm just welcoming the initiative and wondering how it will pan out.

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