Saint-Ouen: one billion euros for the future headquarters of the DGSI

Published on 14 Jan. 2022 at 17 : 32Updated 14 Jan. 2022 at 18: 10

The inhabitants of Saint-Ouen-sur-Seine (Seine-Saint-Denis) will soon have spies as neighbors. The Head of State Emmanuel Macron indeed confirmed on Monday 000 January that the future headquarters of the General Directorate of Internal Security ( DGSI ) would be inaugurated there in 2028.

The place has already been chosen: it is the former headquarters of “Parisien-Aujourd’hui en France”, left by the newspaper in 2017. The site will benefit from “more than a billion” of investments to bring together all the agents of this internal intelligence service, dispersed in the Paris region. Concerned by the increase in the number of cybercriminal attacks, the State hopes, in this way, to create greater synergy between its various services.

The subject has already been on the table since the end of 2017, the date on which the State bought the building more than 70 millions of euros. But at the time, the government was talking about a much smaller investment, of the order of 450 million euros. “In 2017 the exact nature of the project was not known”, specifies to the Echos the ministry of the Interior.

The budget for this major project should be included in the new Orientation and Programming Law for Internal Security (Lopmi), which the Head of State wishes to present to the Council of Ministers next March.

A dynamic district close to public transport

More than 3.000 agents should be installed in this site, d ‘about 120.000 square meters, equipped with secure infrastructures and which will offer modular internal spaces, in order to be able to adapt to new needs over several decades.

The choice of Saint-Ouen obeys several criteria. According to the Ministry of the Interior, the State was looking for land of more than six hectares, close to Paris and well served by transport networks. The proximity of the northern ring road and the imminent arrival of the Grand Paris Express allow Saint-Ouen to meet these specifications. More generally, the ministry believes that it will benefit from the urban changes and investments underway in the area. The development work should begin in 2024. A consultation should start in the second semester 2022 to choose the company that will be in charge of it.

A chance for the attractiveness of the town

At the beginning of the project, the mayor of Saint-Ouen at the time, the UDI William Delannoy, was not in favor of it: he would have preferred to see companies set up paying local taxes. But the new municipal team, elected in 2017 around Karim Bouamrane (PS), sees this installation of a good eye.

“This is great news for us, which like the future Grand Paris Nord hospital, will contribute to the influence of our city and allow enormous indirect economic benefits, believes Adel Ziane, deputy for the development of the municipality of Saint- Ouen-sur-Seine”. According to the elected official, “these officials will necessarily support our businesses and restaurants”. “We are also in contact with the DGSI and the prefecture to provide suitable accommodation for these agents in the city,” he already assures us.

This is the second announcement of this type in a few months for the department. In November, Prime Minister Jean Castex had indeed announced the installation, on the horizon 2026, part of the central administration of the Ministry of the Interior in Saint-Denis.