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Leaked report fuels fraud row involving former CNRS head

Anne Peyroche, the former interim head of the CNRS, appears “partially or completely” responsible for several instances of scientific fraud in papers on which she was first or corresponding author, according to a report leaked to the media.

The report was sent to the CEA, the French public research organisation for energy, defence and technology that commissioned it, in May. But it was not public until a leaked copy was published in full by the newspaper L’Express on 8 October.

Peyroche worked at the CEA when the five papers analysed in the report were written and was an author on all of them. When the CEA announced that it would be investigating allegations of scientific misconduct in January, the CNRS, France’s largest public research organisation, said that she was "unable to fulfill her role" as interim president, without giving further clarification.

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