Paris Citizens' Assembly




Ville de Paris


Since 2021

Type of experience

diagonisis space/workshop... hearigns, forums and assemblies citizen assemblies/juries


governance and transparency education urban planning environment and climate action social inclusion public space


SDG 3 SDG 4 SDG 5 SDG 10 SDG 11 SDG 16 SDG 17



The Citizens' Assembly brings together 100 residents of Paris, drawn by lot, for a mandate of about one year. These people meet in working groups to deliberate and make recommendations.


  • Extending the rights of citizenship related to political participation: this seems to be the main input of the Citizens' Assembly, which has unprecedented prerogatives allowing citizen members to produce deliberations submitted to the Paris Council, a major innovation of this body and a direct link to the decision.
  • Achieving higher levels of equality in participation: the mobilisation of the members of the Citizens' Assembly being carried out on the basis of a draw weighted by four socio-demographic criteria: age, gender, level of education, district of residence. This search for equality of participation also includes support for those selected by lot in order to reduce their feeling of potential illegitimacy (training in public speaking, deciphering current events, etc.)


100 Parisians are part of the Citizens' Assembly, most of whom are selected at random from the electoral lists or volunteer to be part of the Assembly for young people aged 16 to 18.


The Citizens' Assembly stems directly from the proposals made by Parisians during the consensus conference launched by the City of Paris in 2019, echoing the "grand débat national" (great national debate).

While several initiatives already allow citizens to give their opinions (participatory budget, advisory councils, citizen panels and conferences, etc.), the ambition of the Citizens' Assembly is unprecedented. It provides its members with new tools to learn, discover and decipher municipal issues, better understand how the City of Paris and public services work, breathe new life into ideas and influence public decision-making.


The Citizens' Assembly is a permanent deliberative democratic body whose members are renewed every 12 to 18 months. 100 Parisians aged 16 and over are mobilized by a weighted drawing of lots, in order to ensure certain representation criteria: gender parity, diversity of age groups, diversity of social classes (by level of diploma), geographical diversity of the territory (representation of the districts).

The Assembly's objective: To take part directly in the making of public decisions.


  • By conducting a citizen watch
  • By targeting priority subjects
  • By deciphering, analyzing, questioning and evaluating them
  • By issuing proposals

With which tools: 

  • By working in working groups on 3 major themes: Social - Education, Environment, Public Space 
  • By taking the pulse of Paris in the media (press review, decrypting...)
  • By working with other Parisian participative bodies
  • With the help of training sessions
  • By questioning the departments and elected officials of the City, by hearing them, by asking a current question in the Paris Council or by activating a citizen evaluation mission
  • By activating and piloting a citizen jury on a specific issue 

To achieve what:

  • Submit a vow to the Paris Council.
  • Submit the adoption of a citizen's deliberation to the Paris Council.
  • Directly co-construct a public policy, an action plan, put on the agenda a priority subject for the citizens.

Its mandate ended in March 2023. The work was thus carried out in two phases:

Phase 1: Discovery and learning (November 2021 - June 2022)

  • Three thematic workshops are formed: social - education; environment; public space.
  • Priority areas of work were determined by the members.
  • Hearings and site visits are organised.

Additional training sessions were provided for volunteer members (public speaking, understanding of current events).

At the end of phase 1, each thematic workshop submitted a mid-term "Summary Notebook" to the executive, presenting the status of their work and their questions ("Social Education" summary notebook"Environment" summary notebook"Code de la rue" summary notebook). 

In the light of these summary notebooks, the Parisian executive proposed to each workshop a working mandate for the second phase of the work. These three working mandates were unanimously adopted by the members of the Citizens' Assembly during the plenary session in June 2022.

Find the minutes of the June 2022 plenary session and the working mandates (in french).

Phase 2: Deepening and recommendations (September 2022 - March 2023). The three thematic workshops worked on the following mandates:

  • To make recommendations for updating the Paris Reading Plan agreement.
  • To make proposals to simplify the process for residents in the context of aid for the energy renovation of housing.
  • To provide input for roadmap no. 1 of the "Code de la rue": draw up recommendations on the conflicts of use on which priority action should be taken.

After four months of work, hearings and visits, they were able to submit their recommendations to the Parisian executive during the plenary session in December.

Read the minutes of the December 2022 plenary session (in french)

Working meetings involving the members of the workshops, the City's departments and representatives of the elected representatives led to the drafting of three citizens' wishes in January 2023, which were voted unanimously by the workshop participants. Three wishes were presented at the Paris Council meeting in March: the Paris Reading Plan, the energy renovation of Parisian housing and the "Code de la rue".

More information:

Nomination file in French (PDF)


 Some news: 

Reports (in French):


Comments of the jury

The initiative is very interesting, but it is still a work in progress (whe the jury evaluated it). It would be interesting to know if the composition of the assembly continues to meet the criteriaof inclusion that it proposes fron the conception; also it would be necessary to wait to see if the results of the work of this assembly have effects on the public decision.