The French Senate has published a report detailing Chinese, Russian and Turkish foreign influence in French academia. According to its English abstract:
September 29, 2021: France’s research and higher education sector is no longer shielded from foreign states influence, with certain state actors using systemic strategies that verge on interference. This is the conclusion of the fact-finding mission established in July 2021 at the initiative of the Rassemblement des démocrates, progressistes et indépendants (RDPI) group, chaired by Etienne Blanc (Les Républicains, Rhône) with André Gattolin (RDPI, Hauts-de-Seine) as rapporteur.After more than 30 hearings, questioning all higher education establishments, and extending the investigation to several countries that have already been impacted, the fact-finding mission on non-European State influences in the French academic and university sectors and their impact adopted the final report on 29 September 2021.
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Read the full report here.
There are several sections of the full French-language report of particular relevance:
- A section on the objectives of Chinese, Russian, and Turkish influence strategies in French academia.
- A section about Turkey’s influence on higher education including granting access to researchers, Turkey’s use of think tanks, and threats academics receive from Turkish nationalist groups such as the Gray Wolves.
- A section about China’s use of its globally-based Confucius Institutes and the United Front, based in Bejing.
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