Fleury-Mérogis Prison

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Fleury-Mérogis Prison (Maison d'arrêt de Fleury-Mérogis) is a prison in France, located in the town of Fleury-Mérogis, in the southern suburbs of Paris. With 3,800 prisoners, it is the largest prison in Europe.[1][2] It is operated by the Ministry of Justice.

Fleury-Mérogis is notorious as a leading center of Islamist radicalization in European prisons.[3][4]


Built between 1964 and 1968, the 180 hectare complex of Fleury-Mérogis comprises four entities:

  • a large men's jail;
  • a smaller women's jail;
  • a juveniles' jail;
  • Gendarmerie barracks.

The main prison is formed by a polygonal central building from which radiate five blocks, each one consisting of three wings with four levels of cells. Each block has a capacity of 900 prisoners.

Fleury-Mérogis is one of the three main prisons of the Paris area, the Fresnes Prison (the second largest in France) and the La Santé Prison (located in the centre of Paris) being the other two.


There is wire surrounding the top of the building, preventing helicopter and other possible escapes. The bottom of the building is enclosed with trash that the prisoners have thrown.[5]

Famous inmates[edit]

Some famous past and present prisoners:


  1. ^ "Inside Europe's largest prison". BBC News. 18 March 2008. 
  2. ^ "LE CENTRE PENITENTIAIRE, LA PLUS GRANDE PRISON D’EUROPE." Fleury-Mérogis. Retrieved on 6 May 2010.
  3. ^ Bisserbe, Noemie (31 July 2016). "European Prisons Fueling Spread of Islamic Radicalism". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Bremner, Charles (23 August 2016). "Jihadists plot terror from French jail". Times of London. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Inside Europe's largest prison". Website. BBC NEWS. 18 March 2008. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Chrisafis, Angelique (12 January 2015). "Charlie Hebdo attackers: born, raised and radicalised in Paris". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Saad Lamjarred to Appear in Court Next Friday". 

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Coordinates: 48°38′16″N 2°22′31″E / 48.6378°N 2.37528°E / 48.6378; 2.37528