News of the WeekFRENCH RESEARCH

Support Builds for Allègre's Reforms

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Science  30 Jul 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5428, pp. 647-648
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5428.647a

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PARIS-- After more than 3 months of hearings, debates, lab visits, and electronic forums, two parliamentary deputies have delivered their diagnosis of France's ailing research effort and a lengthy prescription for reviving it. Their 140-page report, presented personally to French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin on 22 July, broadly echoes controversial reforms previously suggested by France's research minister, Claude Allègre. Like Allègre, the deputies urge that France break down the barriers between universities and public research organizations, as well as boost both the number of young scientists and their research opportunities.