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France news roundup: 4-10 October

The latest headlines in French research policy and funding, covering a law change for rectors, a possible job change for the secretary-general of Sciences Po, and a storm over a treatment for hypothyroidism.

Government changes rules on rectors…

The government has increased the percentage of university rectors who can come from non-academic backgrounds from 20 per cent to 40 per cent. The move is likely to anger the CPU, the French association of university presidents, which previously voiced its opposition to the plan. The CPU said the plan would “contradict the [government’s] policy of giving greater prominence to PhD holders and diversifying the senior civil service”. Rectors are senior civil servants who act as delegates for groups of universities and grandes écoles at the ministry of higher education. At present there are 30 rectors in France.

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