International recognition of French mathematicians

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Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, August 19, 2010

President Sarkozy very warmly congratulates the French mathematicians who got outstanding achievements at the International Congress in Hyderabad (India).

He expresses his deepest gratitude and admiration to the two French researchers who won the Fields Medal [1]: Cédric Villani, professor at Lyon’s Ecole Normale Supérieure [2] and director of the Institut Henri Poincaré (Université Pierre et Marie Curie-CNRS), and Ngô Bào-Châu, professor at the Université de Paris-Sud.

He also congratulates Professor Yves Meyer, of the Ecole normale supérieure in Cachan, who won the Gauss Prize.

These outstanding achievements confirm the excellence of the French mathematical school which, year after year, nurtures new talent and perpetuates a very long tradition of which France is proud.

France’s mathematics community is a wonderful example of the very high quality of basic research in France.

President Sarkozy expresses his support to the French mathematical school and wishes it to benefit from all the means necessary for its development.