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France’s choice

The French election highlights how universities across Europe are grappling with similar issues.

Whichever way the French presidential election vote goes on 7 May, France’s system of higher education and research is at a fork in the road. Europe, including Brexit Britain, should take note.

Pollsters predict victory for Emmanuel Macron, the 39-year-old founder of a social movement that is neither right nor left. He looks a bit like the political son of the 1970s president, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, who left a mark on France and Europe as economically liberal, socially progressive and with a desire to entrench European values.

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