CNRS leadership to be reformed

February 10, 2006

The dual leadership system of France's National Scientific Research Centre (CNRS) will be changed to avoid potential conflict between the president and the director-general of the kind that led to a crisis at the centre.

The present system resulted in the resignation last month of the centre's president, Bernard Meunier, and the dismissal of director-general Bernard Larrouturou.

Junior Research Minister Francois Goulard said the Government would "put an end to this anomaly that leads to deadlock in the event of disagreement", and that a decree would be introduced "in the next few months".

The new director-general of the centre is Arnold Migus, a senior CNRS researcher and director-general of the Institut d'Optique.

Dr Migus is a specialist in lasers and their application in optics, physics, chemistry and astronomy. His appointment follows that of the centre's president, nuclear physicist Catherine Brechignac, who was CNRS director-general for three years in the late 1990s.

Meanwhile, examination of the research reform Bill by the National Assembly has been delayed until the end of February.

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