Minister of the Interior (France)
The Minister of the Interior (French: Ministre de l'Intérieur, French pronunciation: [ministʁ də lɛ̃teˈʁjœʁ]; full title Ministère de l'intérieur, de l'outre-mer, des collectivités territoriales et de l'immigration) in France is one of the most important French government cabinet positions.
The Minister of the Interior is responsible for the following:
- The general interior security of the country, with respect to criminal acts or natural catastrophes
- including the major law-enforcement forces (see Police in France)
- Civil defence and Security Directorate - Securite Civile
- the granting of identity documents (passports, identity cards) and driving licenses through the network of préfectures;
- relations between the central government and local governments;
- logistics and organization of political elections, at the national and prefectoral levels (but the results of the elections are overseen by the Constitutional Council or the administrative courts);
- regulation of immigration and preventing illegal immigration;
- integration of legal immigrants (professionally, linguistically, housing, etc.);
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.