To take a walk, relax in the sun, or play with your children, the jardin du Luxembourg is the ideal place. This large park set in the very heart of Paris, at the foot of the Senate is remarkable for more than one reason. But what interests us today is this tiny legal curiosity making police officers are not allowed to take action as they want to in this park.
The Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris
Paris Jardin du Luxembourg is a park valued by Parisians – nicknaming it “Le Luco” – as much as tourists. A bucolic and very lively garden that makes whoever comes to have a walk happy and even more when the sun is out! [Read more]
As Actu Paris website reminds, the Jardin du Luxembourg was created in 1612 as ordered by Marie de Medici, queen of France and wife of Henri IV. Set in the 6th arrondissement, it is set by the Luxembourg palace, a palace now housing the Senate, the upper chamber of the French Parliament. Therefore, the garden is administrated by the Senate. This is the very Senate that has the authority on this location and police officers from the prefecture can only take action if the Senate demand.
The Luxembourg garden is a private park, depending on the Senate entrusted with ruling it. A never-before-seen situation in Paris featuring 490 municipal parks, gardens, and squares.
Therefore, officers you see walking in the Luxembourg are members from the Senate staff, accredited and sworn in by the Public Prosecutor. They are entrusted with the safety and respect of the public order and peace of the gardens. They can help visitors and must take care of the preservation of this huge 23-hectare estate.
In Paris, only seven gardens are not managed by the City: the Jardin du Palais-Royal, the Jardins des Tuileries and the Louvre, the Jardin de l’Hôtel des Invalides, the Jardin des Plantes, the Parc de la Villette and the Jardin d’Acclimatation.
Jardin du Luxembourg
19 rue de Vaugirard
75006 Paris 6