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Macron university reforms meet union ‘wall of opposition’

The heads of France’s higher education unions have vowed to fight presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron’s plans to allow universities to recruit tenured researchers as they see fit.

In an article published in the newspaper Les Echos on 5 April, Stéphane Leymarie, general secretary of the Unsa Sup’Recherche union, said that Macron’s proposals aimed at boosting university autonomy would meet a “wall of opposition” from research and higher education unions.

Hervé Christofol, general secretary of the Snesup-FSU union, said that his union was also “formally opposed” to Macron’s plans, which would see the CNU, the government’s national council of universities, stripped of its powers to decide which academics are eligible for tenured positions within universities.

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