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France losing ground in science, Nobel winners tell Macron

Several of France’s most senior researchers and intellectuals used an audience with president Emmanuel Macron to criticise what they believe to be the country’s lack of investment in science and its decline as a global scientific power.

Macron met with 65 prominent intellectuals, among them many academics, on 18 March as part of his “big national debate” initiative.

The 11 physical and biological scientists present expressed near-universal concern about the level of French investment in science. In reply, Macron promised that “decisions would be taken towards the end of the year” to address the issues raised.

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