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Funding drop draws criticism from French academy

The French Academy of Sciences has issued a “cry of alarm” about the state of research funding in the country.

In a statement published on 16 December 2013, the academy said that funding limitations “directly imperil the livelihoods of research teams and labs that have spent time establishing themselves and often perform at the highest international level". It warned that the country could find itself in a situation “where many researchers, engineers and technicians will be receiving a salary but won’t have the means to carry out research activities”.

France’s research budget for 2014 is a decrease in real terms from 2013. It includes a drop of about €80 million—more than 10 per cent—in funding for the ANR, France’s national research agency.

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