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Government alert as LPPR debate enters parliament and streets

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Prime minister speaks in favour of controversial bill as French researchers plan to restart protests

French prime minister Jean Castex and minister for education and research Frédérique Vidal defended the government’s plans to reform public funding of research, known as the LPPR, during a visit to Paris-Saclay University last week.

The multi-annual research planning bill, the LPPR (la loi de programmation pluriannuelle de la recherche) has dominated professional discourse among France’s academics for much of 2020.

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