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New CNRS Chief Gets Marching Orders

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Science  18 Jul 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5324, pp. 308
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5324.308a

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PARIS— Geochemist Claude Allègre, France's new minister for education and research, is hoping this week to kick off his promised campaign to re-energize French science by appointing physicist Catherine Bréchignac as the first woman director-general of France's giant research agency, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Bréchignac, highly respected as both a researcher and an administrator, will be charged by Allègre with slimming down the CNRS's weighty bureaucracy and attracting more young scientists into its ranks, in what many see as the first step in a far-reaching shake-up of French scientific institutions.