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Top French Researchers Spar Over Synchrotron

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Science  10 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5459, pp. 1732-1733
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5459.1732b

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PARIS-- A lively and often heated debate broke out last week among some of France's top scientists over plans to scuttle a major French synchrotron radiation facility and instead back a joint venture across the English Channel. But for all their oratorical fireworks, the scientists, who spoke at a parliamentary hearing, were essentially haggling over a possible consolation prize: whether France should build a second, smaller synchrotron facility on its own soil.