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A top mathematician joins the Macron revolution

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Science  23 Jun 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6344, pp. 1223
DOI: 10.1126/science.356.6344.1223

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The new centrist party of French President Emmanuel Macron, La République En Marche!, won 308 of the 577 seats in the National Assembly on 18 June, giving Macron a broad mandate to carry out his agenda. What this upset will mean for French science is not yet clear. Most French scientists were relieved that Macron defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen last month, but reforms in science and higher education are likely to meet resistance from leftist groups. Science talked to one of En Marche!'s new National Assembly members, mathematician and Fields medalist Cédric Villani, about his reasons to become a politician and the "unique and extraordinary" chance he sees to reform the country.