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Commission advisory group risks further depletion

A group of science advisers to the European Commission could lose yet another member, with mathematician Cédric Villani named a candidate for the French parliamentary election.

Villani, the 2010 winner of the prestigious Fields Medal for mathematics research and one of seven members of the high-level advice group, was named as a candidate for French president-elect Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche party yesterday. He has previously appeared in support of Macron at campaign rallies during the presidential election, which Macron won earlier this month. 

It is unclear whether Villani will definitely stand in the June election, as the list of 428 candidates is only preliminary. It is also unclear whether he would step down from the Commission’s advisory group, or from his directorship of the Henri Poincaré Institute in Paris, if elected. 

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