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March for Science makes stand against cuts

The French organising committee of the March for Science has urged president Emmanuel Macron to reverse plans to reduce the science budget by €330 million this year.

The committee published an open letter to Macron in the newspaper Le Monde on 26 July. It said that Macron had been supportive of the March for Science, which took place on 22 April, during the presidential campaign.

“At that time, you promised to protect the research budget and ‘defend the knowledge, progress and values of the Enlightenment’. Then, last week we learned that your government has decided to cut €330m in research and university funding,” it said.

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