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French research also being stifled by autocracy

April 29, 2010




An opinion by Klaus Scherrer (Institut Jacques Monod, Paris) published in Nature.

[...] "Unfortunately for Europe, French politicians do not seem to have properly understood that research is crucial for an efficient economy. Germany is not the only country to demonstrate that research investment of at least 3% of gross national product (GNP) has positive short-term and medium-term effects on the country’s industrial output, thanks to inventions and start-ups — less populous nations such as Switzerland and Finland have shown the same.

However, in 2006, France spent only about 2.1% of GNP on research and development — a proportion more typical of a developing country."

- Lire la suite de ce billet de K. Scherrer