The other day, I was talking about Simone de Beauvoir with my students and was trying to explain to them the difficulty she had in academia. In English I would have said "Universities were, and some would say still are, old boys' clubs" and I have no idea how to convey a similar idea in French. The literal translation "un club des anciens élèves" can't possibly be right. "Old boys' club" is an expression used to describe a male-dominate group, in which the men often have ties to similar schools or locations. The idea is they're men who know each other or have some sort of affective ties to each other and work to exclude anyone who is not of their group. Would anyone have any idea of a similar expression in French? I really have no idea. Merci d'avance!