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France’s bureaucratic challenge

France is the poster child for rule by the bureaucracy. It has become so powerful and entrenched, that even attempts to rein it in have ended up enlarging it and giving it more power. Now, the Covid-19 crisis has revealed some major faults, offering an opportunity for serious readjustment. But the nature of French bureaucracy is such that reform will prove extremely difficult. If change does not come, France’s economy and democracy could suffer.

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