Thousands of French scientists stopped work last week, joining millions of other civil servants in France who were protesting over salaries and job cuts in the public sector.

Trade unions urged researchers and students across the country to take strike action after the government unveiled a radical shake-up of the science system that unions say fails to address the problems of poor pay and conditions.

Jacques Fossey, secretary general of the National Union of Scientific Researchers (SNCS), said in a statement that the government had not "breathed one word about re-evaluating salaries and pensions" in a draft paper for legislation to overhaul the science system in France.

Fossey criticized the government for failing to deliver on promises to make science a more attractive career again by halting a steady erosion in the salaries and permanent positions for scientists. "This 88-page document does not respond to the needs of the scientific...

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