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PM omits research cuts in TV interview

Édouard Philippe, the French prime minister, has kept researchers in the dark over the size of future budget cuts.

In an interview on BFMTV on 24 August, Philippe laid out the government’s plans for the next parliamentary session, which is due to start on 12 September, but did not mention the cuts.

On 13 July, the government confirmed it would reduce the higher education and research ministry’s budget by €180 million for 2017. However, leaked plans for bigger cuts that would take the overall science budget reduction to €331m were published by the news website EducPros and the Le Monde newspaper on the same day. The wider cuts have not yet been confirmed by the government.

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