The Banque de France inaugurates its facility in Paris La Courneuve, the most innovative currency management centre in Europe
On 13 November 2018, Mr François Villeroy de Galhau, Governor of the Banque de France, officially inaugurated the bank’s new facility in La Courneuve (north of Paris). The 4.5 ha brownfield site formerly occupied by Babcock factories was transformed over a 5-year period by a consortium comprising the Artelia Group and architecture firm Jean-Paul Viguier & Associés. The fully automated currency management centre will handle all coin flows across the Greater Paris area and about 25% of the bank notes currently in circulation in France, making it the largest facility of its type in the Euro zone. It will also accommodate a section open to the general public in the area dedicated to offices.