While Apple may have some problems with the French legislature, its operations in the country continue to shine with a new educational deal that carries an iPod at its core.

Business Week reports a new two-year collaboration deal between Apple and leading French University, HEC.

Under the deal, HEC and Apple will work together to integrate iPods and "other digital technology into classrooms".

It's very like existing deals with Duke and Stanford universities in the US. Every incoming student from next autumn will be given an iPod video with a school logo on the back.

Around half of all lectures will be filmed and made available for download to iTunes and the iPod as podcasts one hour later. A slew of tools, information and language courses will be preloaded in the media players.

Apple vice president and general manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Pascal Cagni, is a former HEC student.