Arrondissements of Paris

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Arrondissement of Paris
CountryFrance
RegionÎle-de-France
DepartmentParis
Cantons20
Communes1
PréfectureParis
Area¹
 • Total105 km2 (41 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total2,234,105
 • Density21,000/km2 (55,000/sq mi)
¹ French Land Register data, which exclude lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km² as well as the estuaries of rivers.
 
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Arrondissement of Paris
CountryFrance
RegionÎle-de-France
DepartmentParis
Cantons20
Communes1
PréfectureParis
Area¹
 • Total105 km2 (41 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total2,234,105
 • Density21,000/km2 (55,000/sq mi)
¹ French Land Register data, which exclude lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km² as well as the estuaries of rivers.

The city of Paris is divided into twenty arrondissements municipaux, administrative districts, more simply referred to as arrondissements (pronounced [aʁɔ̃dismɑ̃] in French). These are not to be confused with departmental arrondissements, which subdivide the 101 French départements. The word "arrondissement", when applied to Paris, refers almost always to the municipal arrondissements listed below. The number of the arrondissement is indicated by the last two digits in most Parisian postal codes (75001 up to 75020).

Description[edit]

The twenty arrondissements are arranged in the form of a clockwise spiral, starting from the middle of the city, with the first on the Right Bank (north bank) of the Seine. The French cities of Lyon and Marseille are also subdivided in this way.

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Arrondissements of Paris

In French, notably on street signs, the number is often given in Roman numerals. For example, the Eiffel tower belongs to the VIIe arrondissement while Gare de l'Est is in the Xe arrondissement.

Arrondissement
(R for Right Bank, L for Left Bank)
NameArea (in km²)Population
(March 1999 census)
Population
(July 2005 estimate)
Density (2005)
(in h. per km²)
Peak of population
1st RLouvre1.82616,88817,7009,693before 1861
2nd RBourse0.99219,58520,70020,867before 1861
3rd RTemple1.17134,24835,10029,974before 1861
4th RHôtel-de-Ville1.60130,67528,60017,864before 1861
5th LPanthéon2.54158,84960,60023,8491911
6th LLuxembourg2.15444,91945,20020,9841911
7th LPalais-Bourbon4.08856,98555,40013,5521926
8th RÉlysée3.88139,31438,7009,9721891
9th ROpéra2.17955,83858,50026,8471901
10th REnclos-St-Laurent2.89289,61288,80030,7051881
11th RPopincourt3.666149,102152,50041,5981911
12th RReuilly16.324¹
6.377²
136,591138,3008,472¹
21,687²
1962
13th LGobelins7.146171,533181,30025,37120055
14th LObservatoire5.621132,844134,70023,9641954
15th LVaugirard8.502225,362232,40027,3351962
16th RPassy16.305³
7.8464
161,773149,5009,169³
19,0544
1962
17th RBatignolles-Monceau5.669160,860160,30028,2771954
18th RButte-Montmartre6.005184,586188,70031,4241931
19th RButtes-Chaumont6.786172,730187,20027,58620055
20th RMénilmontant5.984182,952191,80032,0521936

Notes:
1. With the Bois de Vincennes
2. Without the Bois de Vincennes
3. With the Bois de Boulogne
4. Without the Bois de Boulogne
5. 2005 is the year of the most recent official estimate; population of these arrondissements may still be growing

Each arrondissement is subdivided administratively into four quartiers. Paris thus has eighty quartiers administratifs, each containing a police station. For a table giving the names of the eighty quartiers, see Quarters of Paris.

History[edit]

Before 1860[edit]

Map showing the twelve old arrondissements. The surrounding grey area shows the size of Paris after the expansion in 1860.

On 11 October 1795, Paris was divided into twelve arrondissements. They were numbered from west to east, with numbers 1-9 situated on the Right Bank of the Seine, and 10-12 on the Left Bank.

Each arrondissement was subdivided into four quartiers, which corresponded to the 48 original districts created in 1790.

After 1860[edit]

On 1 January 1860, new territory was defined to be within the city by Napoleon III. The previous twelve arrondissements were rearranged with this new territory to become the present twenty.

In references to historical records (where it is important to distinguish between the old and new systems), the old arrondissements are indicated by following the number with the term ancienne ("old") (e.g. 2ème ancienne or 7ème anc.).

List of Arrondissements' Mayors 2008-2014[edit]

ArrondissementArrondissement's MayorPolitical partyNotes
1
Jean-François LegaretJean-François Legaret
UMP
2
Jacques BoutaultJacques Boutault
EELV
3
Pierre Aidenbaum
PS
4
Dominique Bertinotti then
Christophe Girard in 2012
Dominique BertinottiChristophe Girard
PS
Replacing Dominique Bertinotti, who has been appointed Minister for Family.
5
Jean TiberiJean Tiberi
UMP
Deputy and former Mayor of Paris
6
Jean-Pierre Lecoq
UMP
7
Rachida DatiRachida Dati
UMP
European Deputy
8
François Lebel
UMP/CNIP
9
Jacques BravoJacques Bravo
PS
10
Rémi FéraudDelanoe Zenith 2008 02 27 n9.jpg
PS
11
Patrick BlochePatrick Bloche
PS
Deputy of Paris
12
Michèle Blumenthal
PS
13
Jérôme CoumetJérôme Coumet
PS
14
Pierre Castagnou then
Pascal Cherki in 2009
Pierre Castagnou
PS
Replacing Pierre Castagnou, who died on 24 February 2009.
15
Philippe GoujonPhilippe Goujon
UMP
Deputy of Paris
16
Claude GoasguenClaude Goasguen
UMP
Deputy of Paris
17
Brigitte KusterBrigitte Kuster
UMP
Member of Île-de-France's Regional Council
18
Daniel VaillantDaniel Vaillant
PS
Deputy de Paris
19
Roger Madec then
François Dagnaud in 2013
Roger Madec
PS
Replacing Roger Madec, who resigned on 4 February 2013
20
Frédérique CalandraFrédérique Calandra
PS

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