1. General Information :

Montpellier is the eighth largest commune in France due to the population living within the city itself. It is a city in southern France, and is the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region as well as of the Hérault department. Montpellier is located between Nîmes and Béziers, close to the Mediterranean Sea. The population of the city of Montpellier is over 250,000 while the metropolitan area had a population of over 510,000 residents in 2006. Montpellier is located on the axis between Spain to the west and Italy to the east.

Population: 251,634 inhabitants (2006)

Location: France

Official Website

Prevention and Safety

Safety Contract: signed in 2006

Twinned with: Louisville (US), Heidelberg (Germany), Barcelona (Spain),Chengdu (China), Tiberias (Israel), Fès (Morocco) Tlemcen (Algeria), Jaipur (India)

2. The City in our Network :

The City and Efus

Member since 2000

Participated in:

  • Efus international conference, Security, Democracy and Cities: The future of prevention, 2012

The City and the National Forum (FFSU)

Member since 2000 and member of the Executive Committee since 2010

Participated in:

  • “The city, the night”: nighttime observation and working group meeting in Lyon, 2014
  • INPES project, “promoting health in the festive period”, 2013
  • Training session “Addictive behaviour”, Paris, 18-19 November 2009
  • French platform of the European project “Democracy, Cities and Drugs II“, France, 2008-2011


  • FFSU General Assembly, 2011
  • Conference: “Mum, Dad, the Mayor and Me”, Montpellier, Friday 17 June 2011
  • Conference “CCTV: prevention, surveillance, protection?” on the local and national issues related to CCTV development, FFSU, 25 June 2008


  • Seminar on mediation and access to the law, 2013

3. Further Information :

News from the city:

  • Centre for Preventative Healthcare
  • A local municipal police service
  • An urban contract of social cohesion with two objectives: 1) to improve links between the partners to ensure an overall cohesiveness of all the action taken and to strengthen their involvement in priority areas in order to ensure social cohesion and equal opportunities by having as its focus common law policies; 2) to develop a system to monitor priority areas in order to follow the social and urban developments using relevant indicators and with the help of a systematic evaluation system of the actions carried out in this field.