Crime in France

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Crime in France is combated by a range of French law enforcement agencies.

By location[edit]

Priority Security Zones (PSZ)[edit]

In August 2012 the French Government announced the creation of fifteen Priority Security Zones (PSZ) in an effort to target crime hotspots. Extra police, riot police, detectives and members of the intelligence services are to be mobilised. Social services, educational bodies and charities also put extra resources into the selected areas.

Among the areas granted extra resources are neighbouhoods in Marseille, which are blighted by gun crime, and part of Paris’ 18th arrondisement district, where drug dealing is rife. The Moulins quarter in the northern city of Lille is under focus, as are three towns in the French oversees territory of Guyana.

The Neuhof area of Strasbourg was selected because of a need to tackle violent crime, and the historic rural town of Chambly to the north of Paris is being focused on because of rising burglary rates and car theft. The northern quarter of Amiens in the Somme region and areas of Seine-Saint-Denis to the north of Paris, which witnessed fierce rioting in 2005, are priority zones because of widespread drug dealing and a rampant black market.[1]


In 2010, French interior minister Brice Hortefeux said that 85% of gang members in France were around Paris.[2]

Crime by type[edit]

Organised crime[edit]

The Milieu is a category of organized criminals operating in France. These groups are quite often not ethnically French. Criminal groups associated with the Milieu work in every major city in France, but are mostly concentrated in Marseille, Grenoble, Paris, and Lyon.[3]


Further information: Corruption in France

In 2011, Transparency International concluded in its annual report for 2011 that France does not do enough to stop corruption.[4] A TNS Sofres poll in October 2011 indicated that 72% of the French public had the perception that politicians are corrupt.[5]

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