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France Beats the U.S. (in Number of Ministers)

The number of French ministers surpasses that of the United States. Following the nomination of a new minister for the environment and for sports, Guy Sorman compares the ministerial appointments between our two countries.

The French change governments like most people change their clothes. By contrast, the United States is more stable, even with an unpredictable president. The French state is also far more ambitious than the U.S. federal government, as proved by the appointment of two new ministers this week. One is charged with managing the “ecological transition,” which is hardly a modest objective. In the United States, the director of the Environmental Protection Agency is currently restoring the rights of industrial players to pollute at will. The other minister named by President Macron is heading up sports and youth — another major responsibility. The new minister has already been informed of how many medals France is expected to win at the new Olympic Games, as if she had any part in it! After all, there is little correlation between the micromanaging French government and sporting results. We could even imagine the United States — despite not

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