Management of nightlife in Paris: study visits on the occasion of the June General Assembly

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Paris, July 2015 – On the occasion of the General Assembly, on 24 and 25 June, the European Forum invited its members to take part in four study visits focused on the management of nightlife in Paris. These field visits tackled different topics: managing nightlife policies, prevention and risk reduction in festive environments, mobility, peace and security in social housing, and managing a festive public space.

In total 21 people attended the visits with representatives from Bagneux, Besançon, Nevers, Montreuil, Saint-Denis, Sarcelles, Aubervilliers, Lormont, Liège, Brussels, Lisbon, Amadora, Schaerbeek, la Haye, Cracovie, Rotterdam,  Essen, Hainaut Province and the Ministry of the Interior of Croatia.

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During the first visit, Frédéric Hocquard, Councillor of Paris and Nightlife delegate, presented the Paris Nighttime Council. Following on from the 2010 Nightlife Conference, this Council aims to gather stakeholders and those who partake in Parisian nightlife in order to reconcile the different uses of nightlife: the need for rest, entertainment, work…

In the second visit, the associations Fêtez clairs and Wimoov presented their work on prevention, risk reduction and mobility issues and road safety in festive environments.

The third visit introduced the Parisian Inter-Funders Monitoring Group (Groupe parisien Inter-Bailleurs de Surveille, GPIS), an Economic Interest Group (GIE, according to the French acronym) which associates twelve social housing landlords in order to ensure peaceful coexistence among residents and compliance with social housing estates’ bylaws.

Finally, Paul Simondon, First Deputy Mayor of the 10th arrondissement of Paris in charge of nightlife, and Stéphane Bribard, Councillor of the 10th arrondissement of Paris in charge of security and prevention, presented the measures implemented in the area of the Canal St Martin over the summer in terms of cleanliness, security, mediation, and prevention of risky behaviours linked to excessive drinking.

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