Minister of the Interior (France)

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The entrance to the Ministry in Place Beauvau is guarded by one gendarme (left) and one policewoman (right). Joint gendarmerie/police guard duty was seen as a way to bridge the differences between the services.

The Minister of the Interior (French: Ministre de l'Intérieur, French pronunciation: ​[ministʁ də lɛ̃teˈʁjœʁ]) in France is one of the most important French government cabinet positions.[1]

Responsibilities[edit]

The Minister of the Interior is responsible for the following:

  • relations between the central government and local governments;
  • regulation of immigration and preventing illegal immigration;
  • integration of legal immigrants (professionally, linguistically, housing, etc.);

The Minister of Interior is also Ministre des cultes and is formally consulted in the process of appointment of Catholic diocesan bishops (Briand-Ceretti Agreement).

While the ministry of the Interior supervises police forces, it does not supervise criminal enquiries; criminal enquiries are conducted under the supervision of the judiciary.

The Ministry's headquarters are located on the place Beauvau, facing the Élysée Palace. "Place Beauvau" is often used as a metonym for the ministry.

The current Minister of the Interior is Bernard Cazeneuve.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ It is equivalent to the Interior Ministry of other countries, the Home Office of the United Kingdom, or similar to a combination of the FBI and Homeland Security (United States).

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