France Brings Space Goals Down to Earth

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Science  28 Nov 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5343, pp. 1555
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5343.1555

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France has long been at the vanguard of Europe's space effort, and in the late 1980s and early '90s, the French space agency (CNES) saw annual budget increases of 20%. But now the new Socialist government is saying that space policy must fit in with its broader objectives, such as reducing unemployment, monitoring and understanding environmental changes, and improving industrial competitiveness, and a new CNES director-general has been appointed to carry out this mission.