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Valls pledges annual €1bn boost for universities

Prime minister Manuel Valls has delivered a speech outlining his vision for France in which higher education and research take centre stage.

Speaking at the Cergy-Pontoise University on 16 November, Valls said that within the next 10 years, France should create “10 international campuses that will compete with the best universities in the world”. To allow this to happen, a “massive investment” was needed, he said, amounting to an extra €1 billion allocated to higher education and research every year for a decade.

The speech focused on Valls’s vision of France as a preeminent “nation of education”, and has been widely interpreted as setting out his stall as the Socialist Party candidate in the 2017 presidential election.

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