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Street Protests Keep the Pressure on Allègre

Science  04 Feb 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5454, pp. 781
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5454.781a

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PARIS-- Scientists and technicians took to the streets here last week to protest French research minister Claude Allègre's latest attempts to reform the nation's scientific establishment. The 25 January demonstration, estimated by Science at roughly 1000 participants, was organized by five researchers' unions that oppose a number of recent actions by Allègre, including his new push to shake up the CNRS basic research agency and his decision to abandon the SOLEIL synchrotron project in favor of a joint Anglo-French effort to build a synchrotron facility in the United Kingdom (Science, 6 August 1999, p. 819).