Minister of the Interior (France)
|Minister of the Interior of the French Republic
Ministre de l’Intérieur
|Minister of the Interior|
|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 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.);
- all départemental préfets and sub-prefects are subordinate to the Minister of the Interior.
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 current Minister of the Interior is Gérard Collomb.
- Official website (French)