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Allègre Sets Tough Targets for Research

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Science  24 Jul 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5376, pp. 498
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5376.498

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PARIS-- In a 15 July closed-doors meeting chaired by Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, French government ministers adopted an ambitious plan drawn up by Research and Education Minister Claude Allègre to double the impact of France's scientific publications, triple its international patents, and create 400 new high-technology companies over the next 4 years. But despite the fanfare surrounding the announcement, some researchers expressed skepticism that these goals are achievable. (Also see Editorial by Allègre on p. 515.)