Toulouse Métropole (CU)


1. General Information :

1992 – 13 municipalities came together to form the District of Greater Toulouse. The towns involved were: Balma, Beauzelle, Blagnac, Castelginest, Colomiers, Cornebarrieu, Cugnaux, L’Union, Mondonville, Quint-Fonsegrives, Saint-Orens de Gameville, Toulouse and Tournefeuille. The District’s responsibilities included the development of the economy, the residential areas, the environment and the fire safety services. In 1993, Pibrac and Villeneuve-Tolosane also joined the District.

2001 – The District grew to include 21 municipalities and was renamed the Conurbation Committee (communauté d’agglomération) of Greater Toulouse (the following towns were added to those already in the District: Aucamville, Aussonne, Brax, Fenouillet, Saint-Alban and Seilh); in 2003, a further 4 municipalities were added (Fonbeauzard, Gagnac-sur-Garonne, Launaguet, Pin-Balma), raising the total to 25.

The list of responsibilities also grew to include the development of the Economic Activity Zones (ZAE, according to its French acronym), transport, sanitation, urban development, leisure facilities and communal roads.

2009 – Greater Toulouse became an Urban Community (communauté urbaine).  Once again, the authorities took on more responsibilities, including the supply of drinking water, the utilisation of household waste, urban planning and the entirety of the road system.

Furthermore, the urban community’s administration opened up to the public. Local centres were established to provide direct points of contact with residents.

2011 – The Urban Community of Greater Toulouse extended its perimeter to encompass 12 additional municipalities (Aigrefeuille, Beaupuy, Bruguières, Dremil Lafage, Flourens, Gratentour, Lespinasse, Mondouzil, Mons, Montrabé, Saint-Jean and Saint-Jory). This brought the population of Greater Toulouse to more than 707,000 inhabitants. The community’s Council was comprised of 123 delegates for the 37 municipalities.

2012 – In order to support its metropolitan ambitions, the Urban Community changed its name from the ‘Urban Community of Greater Toulouse’ to the ‘Urban Community of Toulouse Métropole’. This name change reflected the implementation of the metropolitan project, in cooperation with all the stakeholders in the area, which aims to strengthen the community’s activities and to assure solidarity.

Population: 680,000 inhabitants (2008)

Location: France

Official Website

2. The City in our Network :

The City and Efus

Member since 2003

Member of the Executive Committee since 2011


Participated in:

  • Efus international conference, Security, Democracy and Cities: The future of prevention. Aubervilliers and Saint Denis, 2012


  • Conference “1983-2008: is security still everyone’s concern?“, Efus-FFSU, 5 December 2008

The City and the French Forum (FFSU)

Member since 2003

Member of the Executive Committee 2003-2009, 2009-2012, renewed in 2012

Participated in:


  • FFSU General Assembly, 25 June 2009
  • Conference “12 hours for crime prevention” concerning the definition of crime prevention in France, FFSU, 18 October 2005
  • Lunch-debate on the national scheme “24 priority neighbourhoods” for crime prevention, FFSU, 15 December 2004

3. Further Information :

News from the City:

Crime prevention and ensuring people know their rights: The Urban Community of Toulouse Métropole aims to implement strategies on crime prevention, drug addiction, re-offending, high-risk behaviour and homelessness, and to ensure people know about their rights.

Monitoring crime statistics: The Urban Community of Toulouse Métropole set up the Centre for Crime Monitoring in the Urban Area of Toulouse (MODAT, according to the French acronym). MODAT provides Mayors with a monthly report containing information about crime recorded in 25 towns, and helps the towns implement their prevention policy. Furthermore, Toulouse Métropole has set up an Intermunicipal Safety and Crime Prevention Council (CISPD).  It identifies prevention programmes that will be developed.

Justice and ensuring people know their rights: There are three Houses of Law and Justice in the urban area of Toulouse: La Reynerie, Toulouse nord and Tournefeuille. These institutions are first and foremost part of the judicial system as they conduct swift judicial proceedings presided over by the public prosecutor in order to respond to minor criminal offenses. It is generally for first-time offenders and is for both adults and minors. These institutions provide alternatives to prison sentences. These alternative measures are called the “third legal approach” and can be a conditional release, a reprimand, mediation or a penal compensatory measure for minors. The Houses of Law and Justice are also legal institutions where licensed professionals and registered organisations listen, guide and inform citizens at legal drop-in services that are open to everyone. Basic services are provided by the representative of the Mediator of the French Republic who is responsible for solving litigation disputes between citizens and the government amicably.

Preventing high-risk behaviour: Alcohol, drugs, unprotected sex and speeding on mopeds are all high-risk activities that teenagers engage in recklessly. The aim is to make them aware of the very real risks presented by this kind of behaviour.

Preventing social upheaval and homelessness: Toulouse Métropole provides financial support to several projects that help people get access to healthcare, housing and employment opportunities through various information channels. It supports towns in their prevention programmes. This objective is multifaceted: promoting awareness of human rights among vulnerable or homeless people, supporting drop-in centres that listen to and help young people and adults in extremely difficult situations, and helping “travellers”, adults and young people to integrate socially.