Hauts-de-Seine

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Hauts-de-Seine
Department
Coat of arms of Hauts-de-Seine
Coat of arms
Location of Hauts-de-Seine in France
Location of Hauts-de-Seine in France
Coordinates: 48°50′N 02°12′E / 48.833°N 2.200°E / 48.833; 2.200Coordinates: 48°50′N 02°12′E / 48.833°N 2.200°E / 48.833; 2.200
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Prefecture Nanterre
Subprefectures Antony
Boulogne-
Billancourt
Government
 • President of the General Council Patrick Devedjian (UMP)
Area1
 • Total 176 km2 (68 sq mi)
Population (Jan 1, 2006 estimate)
 • Total 1,536,100
 • Rank 5th
 • Density 8,700/km2 (23,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Department number 92
Arrondissements 3
Cantons 45
Communes 36
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Hauts-de-Seine (pronounced: [o.də.sɛn]; literally "Seine Heights") is a department of France. It is part of the Île-de-France region, and covers the western inner suburbs of Paris. It is small and densely populated and contains the modern office, theatre, and shopping complex known as La Défense.

Geography[edit]

Hauts-de-Seine and two other small départements, Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-de-Marne, form a ring around Paris, known as the Petite Couronne (i.e. "little crown").

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Administration[edit]

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Hauts-de-Seine is made up of three departmental arrondissements and 36 communes:

History[edit]

The department of Hauts-de-Seine was created in 1968, from parts of the former départements of Seine and Seine-et-Oise. Its creation reflected the implementation of a law passed in 1964, and Nanterre had already been selected as the prefecture for the new department early in 1965.

In the 1990s and early 2000s, the Hauts-de-Seine received national attention as the result of a corruption scandal concerning the misuse of public funds provided for the department's housing projects. Implicated were former minister and former President of the general council of the Hauts-de-Seine, Charles Pasqua, and other personalities of the RPR party. (See corruption scandals in the Paris region.)

Economy[edit]

Hauts-de-Seine is France's second wealthiest département (behind Paris) and one of Europe's richest areas. Its GDP per capita was € 62,374 in 2003, according to INSEE official figures.

Demographics[edit]

Place of birth of residents[edit]

Place of birth of residents of Hauts-de-Seine in 1999
Born in Metropolitan France Born outside Metropolitan France
80.6% 19.4%
Born in
Overseas France
Born in foreign countries with French citizenship at birth¹ EU-15 immigrants² Non-EU-15 immigrants
1.5% 3.5% 3.8% 10.6%
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 in 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.

Tourism[edit]

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