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Prefecture building
Prefecture building
Coat of arms of Bobigny
Coat of arms
Paris and inner ring départements
Paris and inner ring départements
Location of Bobigny
Bobigny is located in France
Paris and inner ring départements
Bobigny is located in Île-de-France (region)
Bobigny (Île-de-France (region))
Coordinates: 48°54′38″N 2°26′23″E / 48.9106°N 2.4397°E / 48.9106; 2.4397Coordinates: 48°54′38″N 2°26′23″E / 48.9106°N 2.4397°E / 48.9106; 2.4397
CantonBobigny and Bondy
IntercommunalityGrand Paris
 • Mayor (2014-) Stéphane de Paoli
6.77 km2 (2.61 sq mi)
 • Density7,800/km2 (20,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
93008 /93000
Elevation39–57 m (128–187 ft)
(avg. 45 m or 148 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Bobigny (French pronunciation: ​[ɲi]) is a commune, or town, in the northeastern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 9.1 km (5.7 mi) from the center of Paris. Bobigny is the préfecture (capital) of the Seine-Saint-Denis département, as well as the seat of the Arrondissement of Bobigny. It is only the 12th-largest commune in Seine-Saint-Denis (1999 census).

Inhabitants are called Balbyniens. The suburb is characterised by a high proportion of non-white residents and immigrants from other countries.[2] It is regarded as a 'tough' banlieue (suburb), particularly in and around the government housing complexes (cités) including l’Abreuvoir, scene of a street murder on 15 Aug 2018.[3][4]


Bobigny is served by two stations on Paris Métro Line 5: Bobigny – Pantin – Raymond Queneau and Bobigny – Pablo Picasso. It can also be reached from the outer terminus of Paris Métro Line 7 at La Courneuve.


Valeo has management branches (Valeo Transmissions group and Valeo Friction Materials group) here. It was also the manufacturing base by Meccano of French Dinky Toys from 1933 to 1970 when the factory was closed and later demolished. Production of Dinky Toys was transferred to the Meccano factory in Calais until 1972 when the last new model, a Renault 4 la poste, was produced.


Its name is derived from Roman-period Balbiniacum, "the place of Balbo or Balbinus or Balbinius"; or "of the dumb or silent man/men" (Gaulish: Irish Gaelic balbh = "dumb, silent").


During World War II, approximately 20,000 Jews were shipped from a railway station in Bobigny. Their ultimate destination was the Nazi camps.[citation needed]

List of mayors[edit]

Start End Name Party
1944 1955 Léon Pesch PCF
1955 1965 René Guesnier PCF
1965 1995 Georges Valbon PCF
1995 2006 Bernard Birsinger PCF
2006 2014 Catherine Peyge PCF
2014 - Stéphane de Paoli UDI


The commune has 14 public preschools (écoles maternelles), 15 public elementary schools, four public junior high schools, three public senior high schools/sixth-form colleges, and one private school.[5]

There is also a school of hotel management, École hôtelière de Bobigny.[6]

The Bobigny campus of Paris 13 University is its second-largest. It focuses on the medical sciences, and hosts a strong medical degree.


Bobigny is the birthplace of:

Bobigny is the place of death of:

• Jacques Brel, Belgian singer-songwriter.


Arms of Bobigny
The arms of Bobigny are blazoned :
Or, a saltire gules, overall on an inescutcheon azure, a basket filled with fruit and flowers and topped with 7 ears of wheat argent.

The village of Bobigny was under Saint Andrew, hence the cross of Saint Andrew (saltire). The small shield in the middle evokes the agricultural nature of the commune, before the spread of built-up Paris surrounded it.

International relations[edit]

Bobigny is twinned with:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
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  5. ^ "Scolarité et enseignements." Bobigny. Retrieved on September 4, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d "Enseignement secondaire." Bobigny. Retrieved on September 4, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Relations internationales et culture de paix". Ville de Bobigny (official site). Archived from the original on 21 July 2008. Retrieved 21 July 2008.
  8. ^ "Die Partnerstädte der Landeshauptstadt Potsdam". (in German). Archived from the original on 25 June 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2010.

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