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Villani under fire as researchers brace for cuts

Cédric Villani, the prominent mathematician, science campaigner and MP for president Emmanuel Macron’s party, has defended government plans to reduce the science budget by €331 million in 2017.

Villani, who is not in Macron’s cabinet, said “no research programmes nor human resources would be affected” by the government plans in an interview on the BFMTV news channel on 16 July.

The interview came after the government announced on 13 July that it would cut the science budget by €180m. However, leaked plans for bigger cuts that would take the science budget reduction to €331m were published by news website EducPros and newspaper Le Monde on the same day. The wider cuts have not yet been confirmed by the government.

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