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11 July 2013

Close cooperation between INTERPOL and France focus of visit by top policing officials

LYON, France – Director General of the French National Police, Claude Baland, today met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble at the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters, underscoring the close relationship between INTERPOL and France.

The meeting focused on a range of law enforcement issues affecting national and international security, and also provided an overview of the world police organization’s cooperation with France and of its activities across all 190 member countries.

During his visit, Mr Baland affirmed France’s commitment to working with INTERPOL and the international law enforcement community to counter the growing threat posed by transnational organized crime groups. He was updated on INTERPOL’s recent activities, notably in the areas of organized crime and cybercrime, as well as the Organization’s global policing tools and services.

Underlining the strong ties between France and INTERPOL whose world headquarters were established in the country in 1946, first in Paris and since 1989 in Lyon, the visit follows the recent Technology Against Crime Forum in Lyon. Co-hosted by France’s Ministry of the Interior and INTERPOL, the forum brought together more than 600 senior representatives from the worlds of technology, security and industry from 60 countries to develop technological responses to evolving security challenges.

Accompanied by Christian Lothion, Directeur Central de la Police Judiciaire and Head of NCB Paris, and Stéphane Rouvé, Préfet Délégué pour la Défense et la Sécurité de la Préfecture du Rhône, Director General Baland was also briefed on initiatives to support INTERPOL member countries in combating security threats such as maritime piracy, drug and human trafficking and terrorism.

With France among the 62 countries which to date have formally recognized the INTERPOL Travel Document, the visit also addressed efforts by the world police body to encourage other member countries in the European Union to formally endorse the INTERPOL Travel Document initiative.