Paris and inner ring departments
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Michel Bourgain|
|• Land1||1.77 km2 (0.68 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||4,000/km2 (10,000/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||93039 / 93450|
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.
The commune is entirely contained on an island of the Seine River, hence its name.
The arms of L'Île-Saint-Denis are blazoned :
L'Île-Saint-Denis is served by no station of the Paris Métro, RER, or suburban rail network. The closest station to L'Île-Saint-Denis is Saint-Denis station, which is an interchange station on Paris RER line D and on the Transilien Paris – Nord suburban rail line. This station is located in the neighboring commune of Saint-Denis, 0.4 km (0.25 mi) from the town center of L'Île-Saint-Denis.
A new tramway line is being built through the center of the island with a station at Île-Saint-Denis's town hall. The line will open in mid-2012.
Since the 1960s L'Île-Saint-Denis housed immigrants, mostly from North African countries. Nadir Dendoune, a local author, said that L'Île-Saint-Denis had racial and ethnic diversity in the 1980s, as the neighborhood housed various groups of poor people, including Arabs, Black people, ethnic French, and eastern Europeans, and that at that time half of the students in area schools were White. In 2005, according to Dendoune, few of the students were White.
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