Blason de Saint-Denis

1. General Information :

Saint-Denis is a city in the northern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 9.4 km (5.8 miles) from the centre of Paris. Saint-Denis is a subprefecture of the department Seine-Saint-Denis and the seat of the arrondissement of Saint-Denis. Saint-Denis has a rich historical heritage and its most famous monument is the basilica where Saint Denis is buried, one of the patron saints of France. It is also the home of the Stade de France that was built for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Saint-Denis used to be an industrial suburb but is currently reconverting its economic base.

Population:101,880 inhabitants


Official website

Twinned with: Cordoba (Spain), Gera (Germany), North Lancashire (UK), Porto Alegre(Brasil), Sesto San Giovanni (Italy), Tuzla Canton (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Gaza (Palestine)

Cooperation programmes with: Larbaâ Nath Irathen (Algeria), Tiznit (Morocco), Djélébou Karakoro Sahel (Mali)

2. The city in our network :

SlimaneRabahallah-StDenis [800x600]The information obtained from being part of the network has allowed us to find out what is being done in other towns and to see what could be applied to Saint-Denis.
One of the issues I would like the Forum to raise on the national and European level concerns the strength of the national police. While nationally there is a high demand for more police officers in every town and city, few are being trained each year”.
Slimane Rabahallah, Deputy Mayor of Saint-Denis,in charge of prevention, crime and public order

The city and Efus

Member since: 1997

Co-host of the international conference Security, Democracy and Cities: The future of prevention, with Efus and the town of Aubervilliers, 12-14 December 2012

Participated in:

  • Partner in the European Project “Security and Tourism: Safer Touristic Cities”, 2013-2015
  • “Local elected officials and crime prevention” project, 2004-2005
  • “Local approach to organized crime” project, 2000
  • Conference “A stadium in the city, the city in the stadium”, 4-5 June 1999


  • General Assembly, Brussels, Belgium, 7 June 2012
  • General Assembly Toulouse, France, 25 June 2009
  • Meeting at the European Parliament, Brussels (Belgium), 23 February 2006
  • International conference of Zaragoza, Spain, 2-4 November 2006
  • European Seminar on CCTV, Paris, France, 28 September 2005
  • Efus General Assembly, Brussels, Belgium, 10 May 2004
  • Efus General Assembly Paris, France, 10 December 2001
  • International Conference on Safety and Democracy, Naples, Italy, 7-9 December 2000
  • Efus General Assembly Paris, France, 16 October 1998
  • Efus General Assembly Paris, France, 7-8 March 1997

The City and the National Forum (FFSU)

Member of the Executive Committee since 2005


  • General Assembly and Seminar on “Local Authorities, Prevention, Education and Football”, Saint-Denis, 30 May 2006

Participated in:

  • Working group “Local Authorities-Justice”, 26 February 2014
  • Working group “Local Authorities-Justice”, 15 January 2014
  • Preventing trafficking among young people, “CRACK plan”, 2013
  • “CRACK plan”, 2011-2012


  • General Assembly, Paris, 25 June 2014
  • Conference “The future of prevention”, 27-28 June 2012
  • Seminar “The response of mediators when dealing with trouble in public spaces”, 17 February 2011
  • Information days “French Association for Risk Reduction”, 2010
  • Three national meetings of the French Association for Risk Reduction, October 2010
  • General Assembly, Lille, 23 June 2010
  • Seminar on “Mental health, safety and freedoms”, Paris, 1 February 2010
  • Seminar on “All Francilians are mediators!“, 24 November 2009
  • General Assembly, Toulouse, 25 June 2009
  • Seminar on “Children and adolescents: are they all minors?“, 10 February 2009
  • General Assembly, Paris, 25 June 2008
  • Seminar “The national and local issues regarding the development of video surveillance”, 25 June 2008
  • General Assembly, La Rochelle, 16 May 2007
  • Seminar on “The authority of mayors and information about them” concerning the role of mayors in crime prevention, La Rochelle, France, 16 May 2007
  • Seminar on “Local audits and victimisation surveys”, 2006
  • Seminar on “12 hours for crime prevention“, 18 October 2005
  • Seminar “Evaluation of CCTV throughout Europe, Paris, September 2005
  • General Assembly, Rennes, 21 June 2005
  • General Assembly, Issy-les-Moulineaux, 22 June 2004

3. Project Files (Best practice forms) :

4. Further information :

The Plaine Commune urban authority have launched a call for projects to implement bicycle services in the area (a bicycle repair workshop, cycling lessons, online services…), 2014

Two educational establishments in Saint-Denis (The School of J.B. de la Salle and the regional children’s care home, La Farandole) competed in the annual competition for the Catamaran Trophy, 2014