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Former Paris-Saclay head appointed as research minister

Image: Université Paris-Saclay [CC BY 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Physicist Sylvie Retailleau replaces Frédérique Vidal in post-election reshuffle

In a cabinet reshuffle on 20 May marking the beginning of his second term in power, French president Emmanuel Macron appointed Sylvie Retailleau, a physicist who was previously president of the powerful University of Paris-Saclay, as higher education and research minister.

Retailleau replaces Frédérique Vidal, who had held the role since 2017. A well-known figure in French higher education, Retailleau was formerly head of Paris-Sud University, the largest institution among the universities and research institutes that would merge to form Paris-Saclay University in 2020.

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