French President Emmanuel Macron is making good on his plans to turn France into a "second homeland" for American climate scientists who feel unappreciated and underfunded in Donald Trump's America, the Washington Post reports. Six months after Trump announced that the United States would be withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, a decision Macron at the time called "a mistake for the future of his country and his people and a mistake for the future of the planet,” France has announced the winners of the country's first "Make Our Planet Great Again" competition. The 18 scientists, 13 of whom work in the United States, will receive research grants of up to five years.
The competition, funded by the French government, received 1822 applications, nearly two-thirds of them coming from the United States.The grants, totaling millions of euros, will allow the winning scientists to relocate to France for the rest of Trump's term in office, the Guardian reports. “If we want to prepare for the changes of tomorrow, we need science,” Macron told the winners today in Paris. “We will be there to replace” US funding of climate research. Next year France will hold a second, bigger competition, this time in conjunction with Germany. Fifty winners will be chosen and the grants will total about $70 million.