The school, simply named 42, requires no high school diploma and no money to apply. It's turning French education on its head, but it may also solve some of the country's most pressing problems.
School Director Nicolas Sadirac is sure that graduates of 42 will have the real life IT skills to get a job, even though the school's methods are a complete departure from France's highly centralized education system. There are no teachers. Students learn by solving problems.
"We don't want to teach them stuff," he says. "We want them to find solutions on problems, because we don't know the problem in the future. So we are creating students able to learn by themselves."