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Rationalization warning for French universities

This University World News story suggests that about 900 tenured positions at French universities could soon be replaced with short-term and contractual jobs. Sound familiar?:

Academics and researchers reacted with alarm to an announcement by French Higher Education and Research Minister Valérie Pécresse that their institutions faced significant losses of tenured posts next year. They accused the government of endangering French research by replacing permanent jobs with short-term contracts, and of striking “heavy blows” against scientific employment.

Pécresse had acknowledged in a television interview that next year’s budget for higher education and research would continue to increase in line with the priorities of President Nicolas Sarkozy, but that her ministry would not be exempt from the job cuts affecting all government departments.