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The town hall of Pantin
The town hall of Pantin
Coat of arms of Pantin
Coat of arms
Paris and inner ring departments
Paris and inner ring departments
Coordinates: 48°53′48″N 2°24′06″E / 48.8966°N 2.4017°E / 48.8966; 2.4017Coordinates: 48°53′48″N 2°24′06″E / 48.8966°N 2.4017°E / 48.8966; 2.4017
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Arrondissement Bobigny
Canton Pantin-Est and Pantin-Ouest
Intercommunality Communauté d'agglomération Est Ensemble
 • Mayor (2008-2014) Bertrand Kern
Area1 5.01 km2 (1.93 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 52,161
 • Density 10,000/km2 (27,000/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 93055 / 93500
Elevation 38–108 m (125–354 ft)

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.

Pantin (French pronunciation: ​[pɑ̃.tɛ̃]) is a commune in the northeastern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 6.4 km (4.0 mi) from the centre of Paris. It is one of the most densely populated municipalities in Europe. Its post code is 93500. The city is located on the edge of Paris and is mainly formed by a plain crossed by national roadway 2 and 3, the railway line Paris–Strasbourg and Ourcq canal.


Pantin borders the Paris inner ring road (périphérique) and is traversed by national routes N2 and N3, as well as the Paris-Strasbourg railway line and the Ourcq canal.


The name Pantin was recorded for the first time in 1067 as Pentini, perhaps from the Roman patronym Pentinus, a variant of Pantaenus or Repentinus, but this etymology is not certain.


On 1 January 1860, the city of Paris was enlarged by annexing neighbouring communes. On that occasion, a small part of the commune of Pantin was annexed to Paris.

On 24 July 1867, a part of the territory of Pantin was detached and merged with a part of the territory of Romainville and a part of the territory of Bagnolet to create the commune of Les Lilas.

By 1875, the Ourcq canal and new railway lines served to divide the town into two parts—the "Village" and the "Quatre Chemins".


arms of Pantin
The arms of Pantin are blazoned :
Argent a cross between four mullets pierced all gules.
motto: Hardy Pantin en avant (forward Hardy Pantin)


The recent construction of a science park along the Bassin de la Villette on the former site of city abattoirs has improved pedestrian access to Paris, as well as encouraging urban regeneration in Pantin itself. A key policy discussed since the 2008 mayoral election has been the possibility of integrating the ten banlieue towns of Bagnolet, Les Lilas, Le Pré-Saint-Gervais, Romainville, Pantin, Noisy-le-Sec, Montreuil, Bobigny, Bondy and Rosny-sous-Bois into an "intercommune" of around 440,000 people. This new municipality could be created as early as January 2010. This project was implemented, it gathers nine communes.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1793 1,172 —    
1800 926 −3.31%
1806 1,154 +3.74%
1821 1,020 −0.82%
1831 1,871 +6.25%
1836 1,906 +0.37%
1841 2,323 +4.04%
1846 3,047 +5.58%
1851 2,657 −2.70%
1856 3,909 +8.03%
1861 4,842 +4.37%
1866 8,563 +12.08%
1872 12,337 +6.27%
1876 13,665 +2.59%
1881 17,857 +5.50%
1886 19,170 +1.43%
1891 21,847 +2.65%
1896 25,586 +3.21%
1901 29,716 +3.04%
1906 32,696 +1.93%
1911 36,359 +2.15%
1921 38,975 +0.70%
1926 39,189 +0.11%
1931 37,260 −1.00%
1936 37,716 +0.24%
1946 36,242 −0.40%
1954 36,963 +0.25%
1962 46,292 +2.85%
1968 47,607 +0.47%
1975 42,739 −1.53%
1982 43,553 +0.27%
1990 47,303 +1.04%
1999 49,919 +0.60%
2006 53,577 +1.02%
2008 52,698 −0.82%
2009 52,161 −1.02%
Source: Ldh/EHESS/Cassini[1] until 1962 then Insee[2] from 1968.


Place of birth of residents of Pantin in 1999
Born in Metropolitan France Born outside Metropolitan France
68.5% 31.5%
Born in
Overseas France
Born in foreign countries with French citizenship at birth¹ EU-15 immigrants² Non-EU-15 immigrants
3.3% 3.1% 3.2% 21.9%
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 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.


Pantin Mills, headquarters of BNP Paribas Securities Services since 2009.

Pantin was once the site of Motobecane's operations. 2000 companies are located in Pantin, including 21 of more than 100 employees. Huge firms are located in the town, like Hermès (580 jobs - upholstery and luxury luggage), Bourjois, Chanel, Gucci, Agnès b., Sergent-Major, Elis (500 jobs - linen rental), Forclum, UTB (400 jobs - public works), Photovista Legrand, BNP Paribas, Boiron, Alliance Healthcare, Vetura, Fabio Lucci ... and publishers as computer Software Arkeia Software and MT Software.

3000 employees of BNP Paribas Securities Services were installed in the historic building Grands Moulins de Pantin at the end of October 2009.

Hermès conducts an expansion project in the city center.

The city has created a "craft center" to "4 Chemins" especially with the House Revel to promote arts jobs.


Town hall

Pantin is divided into two cantons:

The current mayor of Pantin is Bertrand Kern of the Parti Socialiste (PS). Kern was recently re-elected for a second 6-year mayoral term.


Pantin is served by three stations on Paris Metro line 5: Hoche, Église de Pantin, and Bobigny – Pantin – Raymond Queneau.

Pantin is also served by Aubervilliers – Pantin – Quatre Chemins station on Paris Metro line 7.

Pantin is also served by Pantin station on Paris RER line E.

Finally Pantin is served by numerous bus lines (151, 152, 249, 148). Outside the hours of normal public transport the town is served by the N13 and N142 Noctilien night bus services with stops outside the Centre de la Danse, the Mairie and Rue Delizy.


Pantin was the birthplace of:


Pantin is twin cities with the Modigliani Art Center in Scandicci, a suburb of Florence, Italy, which inaugurated their XXXIV Year Salon of Painting with the Pantin art association, Les Amis des Arts.[3]


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