Parliamentarians from the ruling conservative majority in France, headed by prime minister François Fillon, attacked Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, state secretary for the environment (also polytechnic engineer specialized in biology), for allowing an opposition-backed amendment to a bill on GMOs, a bill which is fairly harmful to pollution control. But Kosciusko-Morizet replied back, aptly defining them as “a bunch of cowards” unable to take the debate on GMOs seriously and to put forward a coherent appraisal. Sarkozy made a phone call and she decided she had to apologize, though — a pity.

Well, but let’s come to some hard statistical facts. The bill was voted yesterday (after some heated debate) and, as noted by Greenpeace, the figures show that only 245 parliamentarians from the conservative majority, out of 316, voted for that bill. Only three out of four. Which gives mathematical proof of the fact that Kosciusko-Morizet’s statement was scientifically correct.




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