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Why the French excel in masters of finance courses

French business schools offered MiF degrees long before schools in the UK or US, says Jacques Olivier, dean of faculty and research at HEC Paris, in an interview for the Financial Times. 

The mix of heritage and industry links is well demonstrated at HEC Paris. Prof Olivier says the MiF course was launched at the school in response to the French financial sector’s demand for expertise in new products such as options and derivatives.