What Are the French Police Called?

France has several branches of law enforcement. The two national organizations, which account for the majority of law enforcement in the country, are known as the Police Nationale and the Gendarmerie Nationale.

With a manpower of 150,000 officers, the Police Nationale are the major civilian law enforcement in the large urban areas of France. The counterpart of this organization are the Gendarmerie Nationale, 105,000 officers strong. They are the military police of the country, responsible for patrolling airports, seaports and military installations in France, as well as rural areas and small towns. Both forces are part of the Department of the Interior. In addition, France has a Municipal Police force with approximately 20,000 officers responsible in conjunction with the Police Nationale for patrolling large urban areas of the country.