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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Christophe Castaner

since 16 October 2018
Minister of the Interior
Member of Cabinet
Reports to President of the Republic
Prime Minister
Seat Hôtel de Beauvau, Paris 8e, France
Nominator 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 (French: Ministre de l'Intérieur; French pronunciation: ​[ministɛʁ də lɛ̃teˈʁjœʁ]) is an important position in the Government of France. The office is equivalent to the Interior Minister of other countries, like the Home Secretary of the United Kingdom, or similar to a combination of the Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security in the United States.


The Minister of the Interior is responsible for the following:

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

While the Ministry of the Interior supervises police forces, it does not supervise criminal enquiries. Those 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 Christophe Castaner.

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.

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