Blason de Lille

1. General Information :

Lille is a French city in northern France. It is the prefecture of the Nord department and the capital of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region. The city became a major industrial capital thanks to the industrial revolution, mainly through the textile and mechanical industries. The decline of these industries from the 1960s onwards inaugurated a long period of economic crisis and it was only in the 1990s that Lille, having turned itself towards the service sector and regenerated the neighbourhoods that had been affected, gained a different image.

Population: 224,900 inhabitants

Location: France

Official Website

Prevention and Safety

Safety Contract: last safety contract signed in 2009

Twinned with: Cologne (Germany), Erfurt (Germany), Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg), Kharkiv (Ukraine), Leeds (United Kingdom), Liège (Belgium), Nablus (Palestine), Oujda (Marocco), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Safed (Israel), Saint-Louis (Senegal), Turin (Italy), Valladolid (Spain), Shanghai (China), Buffalo (US)

2.The City in our Network :

FranckHanoh-Lille [800x600]Within the network, we are not only able to contribute to the exchanges, as we have expertise in a number of different areas (particularly regarding nightlife) but also we benefit from the knowledge shared by the other local authority members. Our city has been declared a Priority Security Zone, as have some others, so it is interesting to share our experiences of these new developments. In terms of security policy, the cooperation between European towns and cities is useful as it is possible to see patterns of behaviour according to generation and not nationality. What we see in France – in Lille, Lyon and elsewhere – may also be seen in Rotterdam, Turin or Hambourg. It is interesting to compare how we understand problems, and, therefore, to compare how we manage or identify solutions”.
Frank Hanoh, Deputy Mayor of Lille, responsible for security, crime prevention and nightlife.

The City and Efus

Participated in:

  • Efus International Conference, Security, Democracy and Cities: The Future of Prevention, 12-14 December 2012
  • Project “Democracy, Cities and Drugs II”, 2008-2011
  • Project “Democracy, Cities and Drugs I”, 2005-2007
  • European project “Organising health and social safety and prevention during large music events”, 1999-2000
  • Local Participation in Strategies for the Prevention and Control of Drug Abuse, 1997-1998
  • Study of Drug-related Cross-border Traffic Patterns, 1995-1997
  • Conference “Urban transport, security and social crisis”, 30 October 1995


  • General Assembly, Brussels, Belgium, 7 June 2012

The City and the French Forum (FFSU)

Executive Committee member since : 2008


Participated in:

  • Working group: Local Authorities- Justice, 26 February 2014
  • Working group: Local Authorities-Justice, 15 January 2014
  • “The city, the night”: nighttime observation and working group meeting in Lyon, 2014
  • Working group: “Preventing repeat offences”, 2011
  • French platform of the European project “Democracy, Cities and Drugs II”, France, 2008-2011
  • Working group “Binge Drinking“, FFSU, 2007-2009
  • Lunch-debate on “The challenges presented by the national plan to relaunch crime prevention”, FFSU, 30 September 2009
  • Lunch-debate on “The phenomenon of Gangs”, FFSU, 13 May 2009
  • Lunch-debate on “Mediation and Access to the Law”, FFSU, 25 March 2009
  • Lunch-debate on “Elected Officials and Mental Health”, FFSU, 11 February 2009
  • Candidate for the Crime Prevention Award 2008, “Preventing Crime in Public Places“, France 2008
  • Lunch-debate on “The International Centre’s guide to preventing crime as regards public disturbances linked to prostitution and drugs”, FFSU, 1 October 2008
  • Lunch-debate on “The Presentation of the National Institute of Higher Education Studies in Security, INHES”, FFSU, 10 December 2008
  • National Day of Local Councils for Security and Crime Prevention, FFSU, 15 May 2003


  • Lunch-debate on the “French Organisation for Reducing the Risks linked to Drug Use: Presentation, Project and Future Collaboration with the FFSU”, FFSU, 10 November 2010
  • Lunch-debate on the “Charter for the democratic use of video surveillance”, FFSU, 29 September 2010
  • Training “Helping Victims and Preventing Domestic Violence”, Paris, 15-16 September 2010
  • Lunch-debate on the “Presentation of the Bockel report “Preventing Juvenile Delinquency: the Problem of Tomorrow”, FFSU, 5 May 2010
  • Lunch-debate on “The Dangers of New Technology”, FFSU, 24 March 2010
  • Lunch-debate on “Drug Use: Portugal’s experience of decriminalisation“, FFSU, 10 February 2010
  • Training session on “Addictive Behaviour”, Paris 18-19 November 2009
  • Training session “Municipal Police: their position and doctrines”, Paris, 9-10 September 2009
  • Training session “Crime Prevention and Child Protection: What are the links?”, Paris, 19-20 May 2009
  • Training session on “Amateur sport and violence”, Paris, 1 April 2009
  • General Assembly, FFSU Paris, 25 June 2008
  • Crime Prevention Award Ceremony 2008, “Preventing Crime in Public Places“, Paris, 29 October 2008
  • Conference on “CCTV: Prevention, Surveillance, or Protection?” on the national and local issues concerning the development of video surveillance, FFSU, 25 June 2008
  • Training session on “Urban Renewal and Crime Prevention: studies on safety and public security”, FFSU, 19 June 2008
  • Training session on “Social Intervention of the Commission and the police”, FFSU, 10 April 2008
  • Conference on “Evaluating video surveillance throughout Europe“, Paris, September 2005
  • General Assembly, FFSU, 3 July 2002

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