A simple formality…

I need various reagents for my research project, for which my home institution needs to sign a “Material Transfer Agreement” (MTA). No big deal, a simple administrative formality. Or so I thought. But this is France. And French administration is… well, French administration. I could try to put in words what the experience was actually like, but the excellent French cartoonists, René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo have already done it so perfectly in their 1976 (!) movie The Twelve Tasks of Asterix:

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