Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Provision Of Services To The Community As A Whole
84.24 - Public order and safety activities

4,800 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
1,400 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
5 January 2009
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2009
Foreseen end date
31 December 2010


The Police Nationale has announced that it is to cut 4,800 jobs between January 2009 and December 2010. It currently employs more than 143,000 people. Management announced at the same time that it is looking to create 1,400 additional posts in 2009 as 'adjoints de securite', law-and-order personnel generally recruited from the ranks of the long-term unemployed.

It is reported that the job cuts will be achieved through a policy of non-replacement of employees who leave through retirement, transfers. The unions have already protested against this project and are planning to organize a national demonstration on this internal restructuring in Paris in 2009.



Eurofound (2009), Police nationale, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 67759, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/67759.