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University leaders concerned by Fioraso departure

France's higher education leaders have expressed their dismay at the government’s delay in appointing a state secretary for higher education and research after the previous incumbent, Geneviève Fioraso, resigned a month ago.

“Going from having a secretary of state to having nothing is symbolic,” Hervé Christofol, the head of Snesup, the university lecturers’ union, told the online magazine EducPros. “It demonstrates the government’s distinct lack of interest in higher education and research.”

Philippe Jamet, the head of the CGE, the representative body for France’s elite grandes écoles, added: “We can’t understand why there’s a secretary of state for tourism but not higher eduction.”

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