Regis Godet-Thobie godet at
Wed Dec 18 09:14:34 EST 1991

Dear Netters,

This is a IMPORTANT message from the professors and the students of the 
Maisons-Alfort (PARIS) Veterinary School. 
Thank you very much for reading.

       _                                                          _
  /\~~\                   (AS IT IS FROM 1765)                     /~~/\ 

  The so-called "decentralisation" of french government's policy should 
consist of moving some administrations or schools from Paris to other 
french cities like Toulouse, Nantes, Strasbourg, Marseille, Brest 
or Metz, ...  in order to free Paris city or to "develop" the other cities.

This can be justified in certain cases. For example, when an administration
needs more room (the French Meteorology School has been relocated in 
Toulouse for this reason).

However, in certain cases, this is not justifed. For example, when the 
administration under consideration depends a lot on its scientific or 
historical environment.

As is the case with the "Veterinary School of Maisons-Alfort" in Paris. This
school is one of the best veterinary school in the world. It is one of the 
oldest school in Europe (created in 1765). 

This school is doing a lot of research and cooperates with parisian 
hospitals, laboratories like the Institut Pasteur, the CNRS (National Center
for Scientific Research), INSERM (National Institut for Health and Medical
Research) and various museums. The school also has a student 
exchange program with veterinary schools in various countries like Belgium, 
Canada, England, Germany, Italy, Spain, U.S.A., ...

Its speciality is to treat domestic animals and this speciality has
great repercussions in the understanding of human medicine. A big 
city like Paris is ideal for this speciality.

This school needs such an ideal environment to continue its research,
training and consultations for domestic animals.

For this reason, the students and professors of the Veterinary School of 
Maisons-Alfort school are asking for signatures, in order to stop this 
dangerous action ...

Please send a letter or a fax with your signature asking that the 
Veterinary School of Maisons-Alfort must not be relocated to:

   7, Avenue du General De Gaulle
   94704 MAISONS-ALFORT Cedex

   Phone: +33 1 43 96 71 12 / +33 1 43 68 56 08
   Fax  : +33 1 43 96 71 45
Thank you very much for your help (we need it !), 

Regis Godet
Student in third year,
Email: godet at

PS: A similar situation occured in Glasgow a few years ago and the school
has not been relocated thanks to such an international petition ...

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