France: Paris Lets Go

A new revolution

From the most remote Brittany fishing village to the tiniest French Alpine hamlet, no local matter is too minor to escape the attention of the Paris government. The Atlantic coastal town of Saint-Palais-sur-Mer wants to extend a street? It needs the signatures of the Minister of the Interior and the Premier before the asphalt can be poured. A poultry association in the small Vendee city of Challans wants to produce Christmas turkeys? It must satisfy the Ministry for Agriculture that its birds meet national standards. And so it has long been in France, the Western nation with the...

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