Minister of the Interior (France)

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Minister of the Interior of the French Republic
Ministre de l’Intérieur
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Matthias Fekl

since 21 March 2017
Minister of the Interior
Member of Cabinet
Reports to President of the Republic
The Prime Minister
Seat Hôtel de Beauveau, Paris 8e, France
Nominator The Prime Minister
Appointer President of the Republic
Term length No fixed term
Formation 7 August 1790
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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 Ministry of the Interior (French: Ministère de l'Intérieur, French pronunciation: ​[ministɛʁ də lɛ̃teˈʁjœʁ]) in France is one of the most important French government cabinet positions.[1]


The Minister of the Interior is responsible for the following:

The Minister of Interior also take on the role of former Ministre des cultes and is formally consulted in the process of appointment of Catholic diocesan bishops (Briand-Ceretti Agreement). The Minister of Cults used to be a fully-fledged minister, but no longer exist since 1912.

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 Matthias Fekl.

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  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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