French scientists urged to vote Royal

Science activist group says presidential front-runner Nicolas Sarkozy will not ease the current crisis in the French research system

Clementine Wallace
Apr 30, 2007
A French science group is exhorting researchers and the public to vote for Ségolène Royal during this week's Presidential election. They argue her opponent, Nicolas Sarkozy -- who leads Royal in the polls -- will draw funds away from basic research, turning the system into a tool to reach the country's short-term economic objectives."Sarkozy's plan will divert science from its fundamental goal, which is the disinterested improvement of wide-scale knowledge. We are afraid his system will sacrifice entire disciplines that are not considered useful," mathematician Bertrand Monthubert, president of the association Save the Research (SLR), told a press conference yesterday (April 30). "On Sunday, researchers will have to use their ballot papers to save our research system." This week, French citizens will vote in the second round of elections, between the two most popular candidates. Sarkozy dominated the first round with more than 30 percent of the votes, leading...

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