Hum, no time to go into details, but you should find out about a few of the many hurts. French academia is roaring in a single voice against the most dramatic attack in decades from any government. The current reform of French research is strikingly disrespectful.
Here, part of the president’s discourse with comments, and English subtitles:
(or in French only if you are fluent:)
Furthermore, you can sign up in protest, following this link (Note that if you like Seeds Aside, you should sign the call, for when I won’t have any chance to work as a scientist in real life, I’ll probably stop blogging as well).
Quoting the call:
The French system of universities is public, with teachings and research of high quality. It has always enjoyed independence, liberty and recognition. But, within the past few months, the government has decided, brutally and without any concertation, to end this system and replace it by some sort of marketplace model of research where arbitrary decisions and instability prevail.
The previous statute of the academics has ended and their teaching duties are now decided on face value.
Permanent positions are being cut dramatically and being replaced by temporary, insecure and dependent positions.
PhD students can now be fired without any justification during the first six months of their PhD, and are now made available to private industries without any recognition of their rights.
The training of teachers is in distress.
Universities are autonomous (but in fact, they compete with each other under a reinforced government control) and without sufficient funding, they will soon have to put in place tuition fees and put themselves under the influence of local funding sources
The CNRS is suppressed and changed into a funding agency managed by technocrats
Academic researches are evaluated by inadequate and inept “quantitative means” rejected by all scholar societies
We, academics and researches from all around the world, assert that these decisions are bureaucratic, financially motivated and dangerous. Similar decisions were or are imposed in other institutions of many countries. As such, we support the French academics in their fight. If, the education and the research of the country of the Encyclopédie, of Voltaire and Rousseau, and of the Declaration of Human Rights, are now reduced to market laws and under the influence of the political powers, then it is the freedom of the whole world that is under threat.
The powers that are imposing this new deal are organizing themselves. To defend our common values, we need to organize ourselves better and in greater number. Therefore, we call for all academics of all political sides, of all beliefs and of all creeds to join to oppose these changes that no humanist scientists of any time ever supported.
Finally, this is just the consequence of the government agenda against state-employment (the crisis also touches teachers, and as the project is running on, will also reach any social fund as well). Working conditions are already worsening for most of the population, to the point we already see this, circulating around the French intertube: