Sunday evening February 14, the effect of surprise is total when the Minister of Higher Education, Frédérique Vidal, announces on CNews that she asks ” investigation in particular at the CNRS “ sure “Islamo-leftism” who “Gangrene” university. This survey will target “All of the research currents on these subjects, so that we can distinguish what is academic research and what is activism and opinion”, specifies Ms. Vidal.
When the controversy over ” devastations “ of “Islamo-leftism” at the university, at the end of October 2020, the Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, is in the process. Frédérique Vidal, she then stands aside. Belatedly, she replies througha tribune in L’Opinion what “The university is not a place of encouragement or expression of fanaticism” most “On the contrary, the place where doubt and moderation are learned”.
How to explain such a turnaround three months later? “The principle of the university is peer review, so let’s go, she again launched on CNews. You have to be extremely firm, for the university to wake up. ” And to continue: “What we can observe is that there are people who can use their titles and the aura they have. They are in the minority and some do so to promote radical or militant ideas. Always looking at everything through the prism of their will to divide, to fracture, to point out the enemy. ” Without citing a specific example, the Minister also assured that“Each time an incident occurs, it is sanctioned”.
“Specify the Minister’s expectations”
When questioned, the Ministry of Higher Education specifies that this ” scientific studies “ will be led by the Athena alliance, which brings together the main players in French public research. Information that Jean-François Balaudé, president of the Condorcet Campus, at the head of this alliance was not yet aware of for another month – pending the handover of power with Antoine Petit, president of the CNRS. “As president of the Athena alliance, I have not received any request, reports Mr. Balaudé. It is not, moreover, its vocation to carry out investigations in the manner of a general inspection. ”
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Laconic, the CNRS for its part indicates that it is “Discuss with the cabinet to clarify the minister’s expectations”. “The objectives will be defined in the coming days. It will be a question of defining what exists as current studies in France, on different themes ”, we continue at the ministry, without further details.
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