Associated communes of France

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Administrative divisions of France

(incl. overseas regions)

(incl. overseas departments)

Urban communities
Agglomeration communities
Commune communities
Syndicates of New Agglomeration

Associated communes
Municipal arrondissements

Others in Overseas France

Overseas collectivities
Sui generis collectivity
Overseas country
Overseas territory
Clipperton Island

In France, associated communes (French: communes associées) were created by the Commune Merger Act of July 16, 1971 (also called the Marcellin Act). It permits the formerly independent communes to maintain certain institutions, such as

  • a delegate mayor, a registrar, a criminal investigation officer
  • a mayor's office
  • a community center

On January 1, 2006, there were 730 communes associées in France. Most of those were created within four years after passing the Marcellin Act.

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