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 Ministry of the Interior (French: Ministère de l'Intérieur, French pronunciation: ​[ministʁ 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 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.

See also


  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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