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Top Scientists Lock Horns in Research Reform Debate

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Science  18 Jun 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5422, pp. 1898
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5422.1898a

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PARIS-- A nationwide debate on the future of French research heated up last week, as some of the country's leading scientists presented often conflicting reform proposals at a daylong hearing held here at France's National Assembly. The 9 June hearing, attended by about 200 researchers, was the penultimate event in a parliamentary inquiry launched last February by Prime Minister Lionel Jospin at the request of research minister Claude Allègre (Science, 5 March, p. 1442). The inquiry will conclude on 26 June with a mass colloquium in Paris, after which the deputies will make their recommendations to Jospin.