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Fillon cries foul as universities are stung by €100m bill

Five months behind schedule and without any official announcement, the French government has released its universities budget for the 2015 calendar year. The budget shows which universities will contribute to a €100-million levy to be redistributed to other institutions.

The universities budget was voted through parliament on 24 April and passed on to the CNESER, France’s national council for higher education and research, three days later. Despite the overall budget increasing by €200m to €12.8 billion, the CNESER rejected it, although this will not stop its implementation.

A total of 47 institutes will have to contribute to the levy from their working capital. Artois University in Arras, northern France, has been ordered to pay €24m, which is over €9m more than Lille 2 University, the next-largest contributor.

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