Philippe Leclerc

Director of Safety and Security Programmes, SafeCluster (France)

During my career in the military of 30 years, I was, towards the end, responsible for the protection of sensitive areas in France and abroad, and became Director of Security for the Palais des Festivals de Cannes in March 2021 at the SAFE centre. 


Do you have any specific hopes or predictions for the future of urban security? (What will urban security look like in 30 years? What will be the main opportunities and risks?)


The current obstacles are jurisdictional.Technologies developed by French companies are well-established, and it is now a case of evolving the law with regards to individual liberties, whilst bearing in mind collective interest. It is also a case of evolving mentalities and accepting these new technologies, by combining reliability with security in a benevolent ecosystem. 



Why do you think it is so important to involve citizens in urban security practice?


Citizen acceptance is a prerequisite to their integration into the public sphere. It is also a pedagogical matter.