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France: Cancer Charity Falls Afoul of Audit Court

Science  12 Jan 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5246, pp. 140
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5246.140


Paris—A leaked report on the finances of the Cancer Research Association (ARC), one of France's best known charities and a major funder of cancer research, has thrown the future of the organization into doubt. The report, by the Cour des Comptes, a state auditing agency, is said to conclude that ARC spends less than one third of its income on research, and that there may have been financial mismanagement. ARC has said the real figure is 45%. ARC's board has reduced the power of the charity's influential president, Jacques Crozemarie, and has appointed a commission to run ARC while it prepares a response to the charges. Crozemarie has said that ARC may wind up as an independent charity.