French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Thursday an injection of € 5 billion for the next ten years in the research budget, which he wants to strengthen after the coronavirus outbreak.
“The COVID-19 crisis reminds us of the vital nature of scientific research and the need to invest massively in the long term,” he wrote on Twitter.
Macron pointed out that these additional 5 billion will suppose “an unprecedented effort since the postwar period” for the investigation.
The president visited the Pasteur Institute in Paris on Thursday, one of the centers that is working on the development of a vaccine against COVID-19 and that initially centralized the disease detection tests in the country.
The announced injection will add to the 15,000 million euros that the French government had already planned before the coronavirus crisis to strengthen research and attract scientists to the country, sources from the Elysee told Efe.
In this way, the Macron government intends that science “rearm its capabilities” after years of cuts, both with the attraction of leading projects and with the simplification of bureaucratic procedures suffered by foreign researchers.
The French presidency considered that the current crisis shows the importance of having an investigation that allows facing emergencies, but also assumes the great scientific challenges.
According to the latest count by the Ministry of Health, in France there were as of Wednesday 9,134 declared cases of coronavirus and 264 deaths.