A leading source of employment Part of the business district of La Défense, Nanterre’s strategic location and the communications network that serves it make it a major hub. After Paris, it is France’s leading source of employment, attracting a large number of foreigners. 
City population
City GDP per capita
Between USD 15,000 and USD 25,000
Member since
Jarry Mr Patrick Mayor
Focal point
Mr. Jean-Pierre Bellier


To date, we have devoted more than a third of our budget to education in order to benefit all generations and social groups. We believe that the challenge is to reinforce training provision by ‘decompartmentalizing’ places and neighbourhoods, ensuring collaborations between actors and, above all, combining the acquisition of basic skills with the development of psychosocial skills (soft skills).

In Nanterre, solidarity and living together are in our DNA. Everyone, in their diversity and history, must have the right to live and to flourish here.

Policies, plan and implementation

Sustainability and health
Nanterre funds a health centre from its municipal budget. The centre offers general medical services, the usual specialist services, dental care, auxiliary services (e.g. paramedics) and nursing care. The current facilities will be replaced by a more functional and energy efficient health centre, scheduled to open in 2024.
Equity and inclusion
When it comes to inclusion, the city has supported the creation of six educational units for students with disabilities, and four units for students for whom French is a second language. Moreover, it has implemented a mentoring policy that mobilizes city employees to volunteer to welcome, monitor and support vulnerable youth or young people who have been excluded from the school system.
Decent work and entrepreneurship
Nanterre is subject to stringent national labour laws that assure workers’ rights. The city council encourages entrepreneurship through a department in charge of local development and has established a ‘House of Employment and Training’. In 2019, 3,200 people benefited from its services.

Good practices

Employment and training centres (Maisons de l'emploi ET de la formation - MEF)
METs comprise a local office, a job placement centre and a business service to facilitate work-related training contracts with small and medium-sized businesses in the area. In addition, they monitor the work of the local economic integration plan.
Innovative partnerships framework agreement (Nanterre and University of Paris Nanterre)
Both the city and the university expressed interest in being part of the learning city approach, setting objectives such as: opening up the university to communal initiatives; supporting the integration and development of students in the city; and working together to fight discrimination and promote equality.
Participatory democracy
The city has a number of councils in which residents’ voices play a central role: the neighbourhood councils (since 1977), a municipal youth council, and an ecological transition council. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Nanterre was able to continue holding neighbourhood council meetings via its own radio station.