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Sarkozy's Foe Would Soften Reforms, Overturn Stem Cell Law

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Science  27 Apr 2012:
Vol. 336, Issue 6080, pp. 403
DOI: 10.1126/science.336.6080.403

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Socialist François Hollande, who won the first round of France's presidential elections on Sunday and will now face President Nicolas Sarkozy in a 6 May runoff, hasn't made science a top campaign issue. But from a speech he gave on 5 March and interviews with advisers, it's clear that should he win—polls give him a clear advantage—Hollande would soften the impact of some of the higher education and research reforms started by Sarkozy and his predecessor Jacques Chirac, and would try to repeal France's ban on embryonic stem cell research.

  • * Barbara Casassus is a writer in Paris.