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Paris and inner ring départements
Paris and inner ring départements
Coordinates: 48°54′47″N 2°22′59″E / 48.9131°N 2.3831°E / 48.9131; 2.3831Coordinates: 48°54′47″N 2°22′59″E / 48.9131°N 2.3831°E / 48.9131; 2.3831
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Seine-Saint-Denis
Arrondissement Saint-Denis
Canton 2 cantons
Intercommunality Plaine Commune
 • Land1 5.76 km2 (2.22 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 74,221
 • Population2 density 13,000/km2 (33,000/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 93001 / 93300

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Aubervilliers (French pronunciation: ​[obɛʁvilje]) is a commune in the northeastern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 7.2 km (4.5 mi) from the center of Paris.


The town was first mentioned in 1059 as Albertivillare, meaning "estate of Adalbert". On 1 January 1860, the city of Paris was enlarged by annexing neighboring communes. On that occasion, a small part of the commune of Aubervilliers was annexed to the city of Paris. At the same time, the commune of La Chapelle-Saint-Denis was disbanded and divided between the city of Paris, Aubervilliers, Saint-Denis, and Saint-Ouen. Aubervilliers received a small part of the territory of La Chapelle-Saint-Denis.


Arms of Aubervilliers

The arms of Aubervilliers are blazoned[1] · :[2]

Per pale gules in pale 3 bezants, and argent an arrow sable.

The municipal assembly of Aubervilliers had engraved in 1790 an oval seal (kept in the National Archives), representing, together with the arms of France, a sun and a lion passant. While this was retained by the Commission d’héraldique urbaine de la Seine and proposed in 1942 as symbol of the commune, the municipality preferred the above arms, evoking la Compagnie des Chevaliers de l’Arc, which it had used since the end of the 19th century.



At one time, a subsidiary of Fnac, had its head office in Aubervilliers. In 2008 the head office moved to Ivry-sur-Seine.[3]



Place of birth of residents of Aubervilliers in 1999
Born in Metropolitan France Born outside Metropolitan France
63.2% 36.8%
Born in
Overseas France
Born in foreign countries with French citizenship at birth¹ EU-15 immigrants² Non-EU-15 immigrants
2.8% 2.3% 5.8% 25.9%
¹This group is made up largely of former French settlers, such as pieds-noirs in Northwest Africa, followed by former colonial citizens who had French citizenship at birth (such as was often the case for the native elite in French colonies), and to a lesser extent foreign-born children of French expatriates. Note that a foreign country is understood as a country not part of France as of 1999, so a person born for example in 1950 in Algeria, when Algeria was an integral part of France, is nonetheless listed as a person born in a foreign country in French statistics.
²An immigrant is a person born in a foreign country not having French citizenship at birth. Note that an immigrant may have acquired French citizenship since moving to France, but is still considered an immigrant in French statistics. On the other hand, persons born in France with foreign citizenship (the children of immigrants) are not listed as immigrants.



Aubervilliers is divided into two cantons:

  • The canton of Aubervilliers-Est (East): 36,010 inhabitants;
  • The canton of Aubervilliers-Ouest (West): 27,126 inhabitants.


Aubervilliers has 14 kindergartens, 15 elementary schools, 5 collèges (middle schools), and 4 lycées (high schools). The city also has three private establishments and several specialized institutions.[4] The collèges (middle schools) include Diderot, Rosa Luxemburg, Jean Moulin, Gabriel Péri, and Henri Wallon.[5] The lycées include Lycée Polyvalent D'Alembert, Lycée d'enseignement général et technologique Le Corbusier ("Le Corbusier High School of General and Technological Education"), Lycée professionnel Jean-Pierre Timbaud ("Jean Pierre Timbaud Vocational High School"), and Lycée d'enseignement général et technologique Henri Wallon ("Henri Wallon High School of General and Technical Education").[6]

Aubervilliers has four libraries, including André Breton, Paul Eluard, Henri Michaux, and Saint-John Perse.[7]


Aubervilliers is served by two stations on Paris Métro Line 7: Aubervilliers – Pantin – Quatre Chemins and Fort d'Aubervilliers.

Aubervilliers is also served by La Courneuve – Aubervilliers station on Paris RER line B. This station, although administratively located on the territory of the neighboring commune of La Courneuve, lies in fact very close to the town center of Aubervilliers.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Du blason au logo. Site de la mairie d’Aubervilliers.
  2. ^ GASO-Banque du blason
  3. ^ "150 salariés de la Fnac arrivent encore à Ivry." Le Parisien. 17 June 2008. Retrieved on 10 March 2010. "HIER, c'était le dernier jour d'aménagement au nouveau siège social de la Fnac, au bord de la Seine à Ivry-Port. Les 150 derniers arrivés viennent de la filiale, basée jusqu'à présent à Aubervilliers (Seine-Saint-Denis)."
  4. ^ "Etablissements." Commune of Aubervilliers. Retrieved on 17 June 2010.
  5. ^ "Collèges." Commune of Aubervilliers. Retrieved on 17 June 2010.
  6. ^ "Lycées." Commune of Aubervilliers. Retrieved on 17 June 2010.
  7. ^ "Les plans." Commune of Aubervilliers. Retrieved on 17 June 2010.
  8. ^ Isabelle Mergault at AlloCiné (French)

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