What You Need to Know about the French bureaucracy revolution


The French government has promised a change in the relationship between the state and the public in a bid to simplify things. The move has been labeled as early Christmas for the citizens in France. The government has announced multiple measures that will be put in place to ensure that there is a drastic change in how the government administers its operations and services to the people.

One of the newspapers in the country summed up the reform as a Christmas come early for the average French citizen. The French government is known for its burdensome and unforgiving bureaucracy. However, if what the government says is something to go by, all that is set to change in the near future.

The French minister of budget Gérald Darmanin this week presented a new bill for legislation in the French Parliament. The law has a list of 48 measures that are focused on improving the relationship between the public and the government on things such as delivery of essential services and tax declarations. The move is aimed at reconciling the much-hated administration with the French citizenry. The key pledge by the budget minister was the introduction of "droit à l'erreur” which simply means that the public has "the right to make a mistake."

However, the administration promises to judge the mistake as an honest one unless proven otherwise by the state. In such a situation, the citizen will have to make amends for it. Big corporations, companies and other private organizations are also set to benefit from "droit a l'erreur." This small but significant reform is also aimed at freeing up fonctionnaires to perform their responsibilities.

A Member of Parliament, Stanislas Guérini, was one of the drafters of the bill and accepted that the right to make a mistake was in the public domain but in an informal way. The MP said the principle was dependent on the agent’s personality and perhaps the mood that you encountered them. When the bill is enacted into legislation, the French society will be shoring up good traditions that would eventually become the norm.

The MP added that the work of simplifying the principle was going to be long. He also said that the government should ensure that the relationship between the administration and its citizens was flexible. Stanislas Guérini also noted that the right to make mistakes would also be interpreted as the right to have a dialogue between the two parties.

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