Asked in France
Local government in France and their relationship with the central government?
Very good question.
France is currently reforming its administrative structure.
The central government is delegating powers to the local bodies. This transfer is called Décentralisation.
there are the Regions, the departements and the EPCI's (intercommunal bodies)
Each of them has its own power in matters of Housing, social affairs, education, employment ....
The central government keeps a power of control over them.
A debate is in course about the suppression of the departemental level.