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France news roundup: 25-31 October

The latest headlines in French research policy and funding, covering austerity at the University of Rennes 1, a prestigious appointment in higher education for a Macron ally and the launch of the first Chinese-French satellite.

Rennes 1 braces for staff cuts

The government has imposed a programme of cuts on the University of Rennes 1, according to the EducPros news service. The government was moved to act after the university ran a budget deficit of €5.8 million in 2017 and projected a deficit of €2.8m this year, according to the report. The university said the plan would involve shrinking the staff headcount—which stands at about 3,200—by 82 in the next three years. However, unions dispute this and say the plans would necessitate 120 fewer staff in three years, of which 28 would probably be researchers.

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