A lack of think tank in France

A paper in the Le Journal du Net deals with the lack of think tank in France. According to them, here are the figures:

Region Number of think tank Number of think tank employees
Europe 149 4950
France 7 145

7 is not a lot and it's less than Germany (23), the UK, (16), Belgium (12) and Austria (11). Apart from the classical critique (french think tank lacks of visibility since they just publish in french), the article explains that France has not a big "thing tank" culture and the activities carried out by those structures elsewhere (like... in the US) are undertaken by other institutions/groups of people (minister cabinet, political club, research institute...).