French researchers' unions are poised to strike on February 2nd in response to a decree that allows university presidents to determine how academics split their time between research and teaching -- moving the French research system closer to the Anglo-Saxon model, according to Science Insider. In a speech French president Nicolas Sarkozy called the current system, which is controlled by the state, "infantilizing and paralyzing." Sarkozy also said, "I don't see at all how a system of weak universities, led by a finicky central government, could be an efficient weapon in the battle for intelligence."
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