Policing in France
Jacques de Maillard and Wesley G. Skogan
Policing in France
The book addresses the policing of banlieues (urban slums) illustrates the
convergence of contradictory police goals, police violence, the concentration of
poverty, and entrenched opposition to the states’ representatives, and questions
policing strategies such as the use of identity checks. The collection also frames the
scope of community policing initiatives required to deal with the public’s security needs
and delves into the security challenges presented by terrorist threats. Many chapters
examine the diverse challenges facing French police organizations and how they have
been responding to them.
The authors include many of the leading and emerging scholars who focus on French
policing. They draw upon their own research and a ﬂourishing French-language
literature in history, sociology, political science, and law to produce this new English-
Jacques de Maillard is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for
Sociological Research on Law and Criminal Justice (CESDIP), University of Versailles-
Saint-Quentin. Wesley G. Skogan is emeritus Professor of Political Science and the
Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University.
This new collection of 20 original essays provides
an undated portrait of the French police system
in the 21st century. France has undergone a
process of pluralization in the last 30 years.
Administrative and political decentralization has
reemphasized the role of local authorities in
public security policies; the private security
industry has grown signiﬁcantly; and new kinds of
governing models (based on arrangements such
as contracts for service provision) have
emerged. But at the same time, police
organizations are increasingly driven by the
central imposition of performance indicators, and
a top-down decision was made to integrate the
national gendarmerie into the Ministry of Interior.