I must be dreaming. First Hollande proposes a new definition of social democracy that involves turning over state functions such as retirement funding to the private sector. Now the UMP is proposing a privatization and/or "territorialization" of the police and gendarmerie, with the creation of a new status of "municipal policeman." Exactly what problem this is supposed to solve is not clear. The police will still have to be paid for one way or another.
But what is happening to l'État, which deserves its capital letter in France? Why this sudden wish to divest itself of important functions?