Arrondissements of Paris

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Arrondissement of Paris
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Paris
Cantons 20
Communes 1
Préfecture Paris
Area¹
 • Total 105 km2 (41 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 2,234,105
 • Density 21,000/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 (often likened to a snail shell), 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)
Name Area (in km²) Population
(March 1999 census)
Population
(July 2005 estimate)
Density (2005)
(in h. per km²)
Peak of population
1st R Louvre 1.826 16,888 17,700 9,693 before 1861
2nd R Bourse 0.992 19,585 20,700 20,867 before 1861
3rd R Temple 1.171 34,248 35,100 29,974 before 1861
4th R Hôtel-de-Ville 1.601 30,675 28,600 17,864 before 1861
5th L Panthéon 2.541 58,849 60,600 23,849 1911
6th L Luxembourg 2.154 44,919 45,200 20,984 1911
7th L Palais-Bourbon 4.088 56,985 55,400 13,552 1926
8th R Élysée 3.881 39,314 38,700 9,972 1891
9th R Opéra 2.179 55,838 58,500 26,847 1901
10th R Entrepôt 2.892 89,612 88,800 30,705 1881
11th R Popincourt 3.666 149,102 152,500 41,598 1911
12th R Reuilly 16.324¹
6.377²
136,591 138,300 8,472¹
21,687²
1962
13th L Gobelins 7.146 171,533 181,300 25,371 20055
14th L Observatoire 5.621 132,844 134,700 23,964 1954
15th L Vaugirard 8.502 225,362 232,400 27,335 1962
16th R Passy 16.305³
7.8464
161,773 149,500 9,169³
19,0544
1962
17th R Batignolles-Monceau 5.669 160,860 160,300 28,277 1954
18th R Butte-Montmartre 6.005 184,586 188,700 31,424 1931
19th R Buttes-Chaumont 6.786 172,730 187,200 27,586 20055
20th R Ménilmontant 5.984 182,952 191,800 32,052 1936

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, a new territorial division was defined 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]

Arrondissement Arrondissement's Mayor Political party Notes
1
Jean-François Legaret Jean-François Legaret
UMP
2
Jacques Boutault Jacques 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 Tiberi Jean Tiberi
UMP
Deputy and former Mayor of Paris
6
Jean-Pierre Lecoq
UMP
7
Rachida Dati Rachida Dati
UMP
European Deputy
8
François Lebel
UMP/CNIP
9
Jacques Bravo Jacques Bravo
PS
10
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PS
11
Patrick Bloche Patrick Bloche
PS
Deputy of Paris
12
Michèle Blumenthal
PS
13
Jérôme Coumet Jérôme Coumet
PS
14
Pierre Castagnou then
Pascal Cherki in 2009
Pierre Castagnou
PS
Replacing Pierre Castagnou, who died on 24 February 2009.
15
Philippe Goujon Philippe Goujon
UMP
Deputy of Paris
16
Claude Goasguen Claude Goasguen
UMP
Deputy of Paris
17
Brigitte Kuster Brigitte Kuster
UMP
Member of Île-de-France's Regional Council
18
Daniel Vaillant Daniel 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 Calandra Frédérique Calandra
PS

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