How would you feel about merging the Department of Health with the Department of Agriculture?

I’d like to know what you’ thinking I can answer you…

Since all departments depend on one (Matignon and his famous “blues” that distill the PM’s decisions), one imagine that one is needed. A single super ministry with a super and a super cabinet. Each former department be just a branch, itself divided into directorates and services…

Apart from the fact that the whole organization of the civil service would have to be re-engineered (which would be desirable), the question of the placement of political allies would immediately arise. No more departments, no more toys to hand out!

How can you satisfy the centrist who has just betrayed his constituents to support you if you no longer have a toy to offer him?

Coming back to your question: What do the hospital and the fields have in common? Business. The life sciences sector includes health technologies, cosmetics, agriculture and agri-food; it is a flagship sector for innovation and industrial property and the stakes are enormous: negotiation of -private partnerships, protection and enhancement of plant varieties, exploitation of traditional knowledge, particularly in the field of cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and food, freedom of exploitation, particularly in the field of generics etc. Everything contributes to an increased control of these sectors by the large multinationals and therefore requires administrative monitoring. It does not matter what form this take but it have to be more powerful than the other protagonists and the example of American agencies such as the FDA does not give us cause for optimism:

Moreover, the fact that there is an advantage in INRA and INSERM researchers working together is probably a good but raises a number of questions as soon as a product results from it. Do you believe that the benefits of the operation will be fairly distributed, that the careers of both will benefit equally? Bureaucracy has its reasons that doesn’t know…