Macron Wooing US Scientists to "Make Our Planet Great Again" From Franc

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Following up on an unprecedented press release by the Élysée Presidential palace, this week's announcement by French President Emmanuel Macron of a new website may seem like a taunt toward United States President Donald Trump and a flaunt in the face to French researchers feeling short on public funding for a long time.

Open arms and tempting welcome mats are waiting for United States researchers and optionally, their family, willing to relocate to France to focus on its contribution to the Paris climate agreement signed in 2015. Makeourplanetgreatagain.fr published a list of different types of campuses where work will be available to US scientists.

Benefits advertised included availability of million-plus-dollar grants, financial assistance relocating, no restrictions on working in their second homeland, free public schools and lower-than-U.S. tuition at some of France's best universities. Frustrated senior and junior university faculty members, researchers, and PhD candidates are rooted on to come work on energy transition projects, earth system science and climate change.

The in effect proselytizing of a country's best and brightest scientists, researchers and faculty is nothing new. That French President Marcon is extending his impassioned invitation with increasing fervor in the wake of President Trump's withdrawal of his country's commitment to cut carbon emissions in the United States is hardly unnoticeable despite the silence from French researcher communities.

Macron, himself a newly-elected president, is quoted in the June 1, 2017, announcement as saying--directly to entrepreneurs and researchers frustrated by Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement but without addressing fellow newly-elected President Trump directly, "I wish to tell the United States, France believes in you, the world believes in you." Macron said, "They will find in France a second homeland," calling on them to come work with the French.

Although no numbers were given for how many positions are open, attaching a single-page project proposal to one's professional resume for uploading to the makeourplanetgreatagain.fr site could land some lucky ducks across the big pond soon. Regardless of motives, Macron's ongoing appeal since February 10 for the scientists' migration may not be long in leading the French President and U.S. researchers into celebratory woot-wooting making our planet great again together.

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