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Because France did not have coal/oil/gas like the UK and US. Also France wanted nuclear weapons so they combined their efforts for power and weapons under the mantle of the military.

But you are still ignoring my question of what leads you to the conclusion the France is lead by engineers?

I didn't say "France is lead by engineers". So that's not my "conclusion". It was more of an aside to my observation that the US government is not overrun by Technocrats which was one of the things Eisenhower warned about. And I responded to your question with a specific example: Nuclear Power. Read the book if you are interested in the differences in industrial policies. Why did the US abandon Nuclear Power in the 1980's? Coal explains some but not all the difference in Nuclear Power deployment: 20% in US vs 75% in France.
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