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Location of the commune (in red) within French Guiana
Location of the commune (in red) within French Guiana
Coordinates: 3°48′25″N 54°08′58″W / 3.807°N 54.1495°W / 3.807; -54.1495Coordinates: 3°48′25″N 54°08′58″W / 3.807°N 54.1495°W / 3.807; -54.1495
Country France
Overseas region and department French Guiana
Arrondissement Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni
Canton Maripasoula
Intercommunality Ouest Guyanais
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Joseph Ateni
 • Land1 2,628 km2 (1,015 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 1,468
 • Population2 density 0.56/km2 (1.4/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 97362 / 97316

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.

Papaïchton (the official spelling is Papaichton, but the spelling with a trema is the most frequent) is a commune in the overseas region and department of French Guiana. The village lies on the shores of the Maroni River, which used to be the only way to access the village.[citation needed]

The village which is the seat of the commune was named Papaïchton-Pompidouville in honour of the president Pompidou.

Papaïchton is home to some of the Aluku people.


  • 1895 : The village is said to have been founded by "granman Ochi".
  • 1930 : Creation of the territory of Inini, administrative division including Papaïchton
  • 1946 : Departmentalisation of French Guiana, and the territory of Inini becomes an arrondissement
  • 1968 : Creation of a municipal circle in Grand-Santi-Papaïchton
  • 1969 : Municipal circles transformed into communes
  • 1976 : Separation of the communes of Apatou and Grand-Santi-Papaïchton
  • 1993 : Separation of the communes of Grand-Santi and Papaïchton.

Incident at Loka[edit]

Loka is a hamlet in the commune of Papaïchton. In April 2006, 14 people of te same family, including 12 children, were found dead, believed to be caused by carbon monoxide poisoning.[1]

See also[edit]