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Allègre Loses Job, Research Split Off

Science  31 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5462, pp. 2387
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5462.2387a

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PARIS-- Geochemist Claude Allègre was dumped this week as France's minister of research and education in a Cabinet reshuffle. Allègre, whose 3-year tenure invoked strong reaction from scientists and a series of protests and recent school closings from the powerful teachers' unions, was replaced on 27 March by Roger-Gérard Schwartzenberg, a lawyer and veteran politician.