[Posted on june 25, 2017.]

Some observations on the newly elected members of *Assemblée Nationale*:

- an incredible amount of younger
*députés*, indeed there are 28 under 30 (to be compared with, respectively, 1, 0, 0, 0 in the previous 5-year*législatures*) and 100 under 40 (again to be compared with 17, 11, 11, 16 previously) ; this is set to now be the norm since a new law to be voted soon will cap at 3 the number of terms as*député*for any citizen (thus inducing a permanent renewal process, moreover many of the over-40 are into their third or more term and many will probably be replaced in 2022 by younger folks) - a much better amount of women: 224 out of 577, to be compared with the previous figures of 151, 109, 76, 54. And since most
*députés*that won’t be able to have more terms in 2022 are men, there’s a good chance of achieving parity then. - also, those who just won their first term include a very substantial amount of members of civil society, in particular academics and teachers (using this wikipedia list), among whom an Assistant Professor of Economics at MIT, a Professor of Genetics & Biotechnology at Nîmes, a Rwanda-born 27 years old Economist, a 25- year-old high school math teacher, a Fields medalist, a former lecturer in Fluid Mechanics, a Lecturer in Chemistry & VP at Saint-Etienne, and a 37-year-old Neurologist at a Grenoble Hospital.

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In other news:

- Jean-Pierre Kahane passed away at 90
- Peter Scholze, who has recently been elected to the Leopoldina, has a recent preprint titled
*Étale cohomology of diamonds*which is not yet on the arXiv. - a 10-year-old in Cameroon who enjoys math is nearing the end of the high school curriculum there, hopefully he’ll then get the University-level education he deserves (and surely he’s not the only one)
- I’ve updated my list of Diamond OA journals in mathematics to include Acta Mathematica and Arkiv för Matematik
- a strange editor’s note in the current issue of Annals of Mathematics, whereby they withdraw a 2001 paper without saying why, and it appears that the paper was never cited in the 16 ensuing years (at least according to google scholar), which is very odd.[
see this story on Retraction Watch (h/t anon)]*update:*

Paris, France by Bob Hall on flickr