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France news roundup: 11-17 October

The latest headlines in French research policy and funding, covering the state of the University of Orléans, France’s Health Data Hub and the ongoing row involving researcher Olivier Voinnet.

University of Orléans hits back at union claims

The University of Orléans has sharply disputed claims from the FSU education union about its staffing and finances. In a 12 October statement the FSU said that a rise in the number of undergraduates combined with a decline in government funding had left the university in a state of “financial suffocation” and that 50 research positions vacant by the end of 2018-19 would not be filled. In an email sent to Research Europe, Ary Bruand, the university president, said that his institution’s overall budget for 2018, which partially depended on research grants still to be decided, was likely to be higher than in 2017. He also said that the FSU’s statement about research positions being frozen was “totally incorrect as it fails to take into account other job openings” at the university.

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