Top French college mourns anti-elitist academic

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Top French college mourns anti-elitist academic

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The French education world is in mourning after the death of one of its most prominent academics.

Richard Descoings, the director of Sciences Po, was found dead in his New York hotel room on Tuesday.

Students at the university have been remembering the 53-year-old.

Descoings led the Paris institution for 16 years.

Police are still awaiting the medical report to establish the likely cause of death.

During his tenure, he strove to improve access for students from poorer backgrounds.

Sciences Po counts high-flyers from the world of politics, diplomacy business and media amongst its alumni.

Former French presidents Jacques Chirac and François Mitterand both studied there, as did this year’s Socialist presidential candidate François Hollande.