16th arrondissement of Paris

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16th arrondissement of Paris
Location within Paris
Location within Paris
Coordinates: 48°51′49″N 2°16′35″E / 48.86361°N 2.27639°E / 48.86361; 2.27639Coordinates: 48°51′49″N 2°16′35″E / 48.86361°N 2.27639°E / 48.86361; 2.27639
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Francis Szpiner (LR)
7.85 km2 (3.03 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2019)[1]
 • Density21,086/km2 (54,610/sq mi)
INSEE code75116

The 16th arrondissement of Paris (XVIe arrondissement) is one of the 20 arrondissements of the capital city of France. In spoken French, this arrondissement is referred to as seizième.

The arrondissement includes part of the Arc de Triomphe, and a concentration of museums between the Place du Trocadéro and the Place d'Iéna, complemented in 2014 by the Fondation Louis Vuitton.[2]

With its ornate 19th-century buildings, large avenues, prestigious schools, museums, and various parks, the arrondissement has long been known as one of French high society's favourite places of residence (comparable to London's Kensington and Chelsea or Berlin's Charlottenburg)[3] to such an extent that the phrase le 16e (French pronunciation: ​[lə sɛzjɛm]) has been associated with great wealth in French popular culture. Indeed, the 16th arrondissement of Paris is France's third richest district for average household income, following the 7th, and Neuilly-sur-Seine, both adjacent.[4]

The 16th arrondissement hosts several large sporting venues, including: the Parc des Princes, which is the stadium where Paris Saint-Germain football club plays its home matches; Roland Garros Stadium, where the French Open tennis championships are held; and Stade Jean-Bouin, home to the Stade Français rugby union club. The Bois de Boulogne, the second-largest public park in Paris (behind only the Bois de Vincennes), is also located in this arrondissement.


The land area of this arrondissement is 16.305 km2 (6.295 sq mi or 4,029 acres), slightly more than half of which consists of the Bois de Boulogne park. Excluding the Bois de Boulogne, its land area is 7.846 km2 (3.029 sq mi or 1,939 acres). It is the largest arrondissement in Paris in terms of land area.

Demographics and politics[edit]

View of Place du Trocadéro
the Place de l'Étoile
Lake "supérieur" in Bois de Boulogne

The 16th arrondissement population peaked in 1962, when it had 227,418 inhabitants. At the last census (2009), the population was 169,372. The 16th arrondissement contains a great deal of business activity; in 1999 it hosted 106,971 jobs.

The 16th arrondissement is commonly thought to be one of the richest parts of Paris (see Auteuil-Neuilly-Passy), and features some of the most expensive real estate in France including the famous Auteuil "villas",[note 1] heirs to 19th century high society country houses, they are exclusive gated communities with huge houses surrounded by gardens, which is extremely rare in Paris. It is also the only arrondissement in Paris to be divided into two separate postal codes. The southern part of the arrondissement carries a postal code of 75016, while the northern part has the code of 75116.


The 16th arrondissement is one of the strongest areas in the country for the French right. In 2017, it gave over 58% of its votes in the first round to right-wing candidate François Fillon; amidst a poor national result of only 20%. It then went on to vote for Emmanuel Macron by a landslide in the runoff.

Election Winning candidate Party %
2017 Emmanuel Macron EM 87.37
2012 Nicolas Sarkozy UMP 78.01
2007 Nicolas Sarkozy UMP 80.81
2002 Jacques Chirac RPR 87.99
1981 Valéry Giscard d'Estaing UDF 76.58

Historical population[edit]

(of French censuses)
Population Density[note 2]
(inh. per km2)
1872 43,332 5,523
1954 214,042 27,280
1962 (peak of population) 227,418 28,985
1968 214,120 27,290
1975 193,590 24,674
1982 179,446 22,871
1990 169,863 21,650
1999 161,773 20,619
2009 169,372 21,347


Place of birth of residents of the 16th arrondissement in 1999
Born in metropolitan France Born outside metropolitan France
74.5% 25.5%
Born in
overseas France
Born in foreign countries with French citizenship at birth1 EU-15 immigrants2 Non-EU-15 immigrants
0.6% 5.7% 6.7% 12.5%
1 This 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), as well as 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.

2 An 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.


Four Fortune Global 500 have their head offices in this arrondissement: PSA Peugeot Citroën,[5] Lafarge,[citation needed] and Veolia.[6] In addition Lagardère and Technip have their headquarters in this arrondissement.[7][8]

At one time Aérospatiale had its head office in the arrondissement.[9][10]

Movies filmed in the 16th arrondissement[edit]

In one of the opening scenes of the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball, character Emilio Largo is seen arriving at the headquarters of The International Brotherhood for the Assistance of Stateless Persons. This scene was shot on Avenue d'Eylau in the 16th arrondissement.[11]

The 1972 film Last Tango in Paris was filmed at various locations in the 16th arrondissement, with the apartment the characters stayed in being located in Passy.[12]

Marcel Petiot[edit]

A notorious serial murder case, which generated an international media circus, centered in the 16th arrondissement during the Nazi occupation of France during World War II. The focal point of the case was French doctor Marcel Petiot, who in 1941 bought a house at 21 Rue le Sueur in "the heart of Paris's fashionable 16th arrondissement".[13] On 11 March 1944, Petiot's neighbors complained to police of a foul stench in the area and of large amounts of smoke billowing from a chimney of the house. Fearing a chimney fire, the police summoned firemen, who entered the house and found a roaring fire in a coal stove in the basement. In the fire, and scattered in the basement, were human remains.[13] Following an investigation, during which time Petiot attempted to evade capture, "the monster of rue Le Sueur" was ultimately arrested and went on trial on 19 March 1946, facing 135 criminal charges. He was convicted of 26 counts of murder and sentenced to death. On 25 May, Petiot was beheaded, after a stay of several days due to a problem in the release mechanism of the guillotine. [13][14][15]


Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Here is a list of domestic French sixth-form colleges/high schools in the arrondissement

International schools:

Undergraduate and postgraduate studies[edit]

The Université Paris-Dauphine is in the arrondissement, as well as Paris Institute of Technology, part of Paris Descartes University, one of Paris biggest public universities.

The renowned "classes préparatoires" establishment Intégrale : Institut d'enseignement supérieur privé have one of their campuses in the arrondissement.[22]

Supplementary schools[edit]

The École de langue japonaise de Paris (パリ日本語補習校 Pari Nihongo Hoshūkō), a supplementary Japanese education programme, is held at the École Maternelle et Primaire Saint Francois d'Eylau in the 16th arrondissement.[23][24][25] The school has its offices at the Association Amicale des Ressortissants Japonais en France (AARJF) in the 8th arrondissement.[26]


Places of interest[edit]

View of Palais de Tokyo, a Museum of Contemporary Art (left) and Paris Museum of Modern Art (right)

Main streets and squares[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The foremost Auteuil villas are: Villa Montmorency, Hameau Boileau, Villa de la Réunion and Villa Victorien Sardou; all of which are inhabited by some of France's wealthiest and most famous citizens including First Lady Carla Bruni (and President Nicolas Sarkozy) or multibillionaires Vincent Bolloré, Arnaud Lagardère, Dominique Desseigne and Alain Afflelou and famous singers Mylène Farmer and Sylvie Vartan
  2. ^ Excluding Bois de Boulogne


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris". Paris Digest. 2018. Archived from the original on November 3, 2018. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "Deciphering the 16th Arrondissement". WhyGo Paris. November 6, 2007. Archived from the original on October 24, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  4. ^ Drouin, Olivier (August 27, 2013). "Les 80 communes où se concentrent les plus haut revenus". Capital (in French). Archived from the original on June 6, 2017. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  5. ^ "Contact". PSA Peugeot Citroën. Archived from the original on March 28, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2010. Head office PSA Peugeot Citroën Paris Grande Armée 75, avenue de la Grande Armée 75116 PARIS
  6. ^ "Legal Notice". Veolia Environment. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved February 9, 2011. It is published by Veolia Environnement, a corporation with capital of €2,495,631,835 ; Paris Corporate & Trade Register No. 403 210 032, headquartered at 36/38 avenue Kléber, 75016 Paris, France[...]
  7. ^ "Legal notices". Lagardère. Archived from the original on February 9, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2011. Address : Lagardère Ressources Human Relations and Communication Department 121, av de Malakoff 75216 Paris Cedex 16
  8. ^ "Plan d'accès" [Access Map] (PDF). Technip (in French). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 29, 2012. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 89 avenue de la Grande Armée Paris 16
  9. ^ Who Owns Whom: Continental Europe. Vol. 1. Dun & Bradstreet. 1990. p. 555. SA NATIONALE INDUSTRIELLE AÉROSPATIALE 372 1 . 3724 SA, 37 Boulevard de Montmorency, F-75016 Paris
  10. ^ "Offices and facilities". Aérospatiale. Archived from the original on February 5, 1998. Retrieved August 31, 2011. HEADQUARTERS PARIS Aerospatiale 37, boulevard de Montmorency – 75781 Paris cedex 16
  11. ^ "Thunderball (1965)". Retrieved 17 March 2018 – via www.imdb.com.
  12. ^ Reeves, Tony. "Filming Locations for Last Tango in Paris (1972)". movie-locations.com. Archived from the original on March 18, 2018. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  13. ^ a b c King, David (2011). Death in the City of Light (1st ed.). New York: Crown. ISBN 978-0-307-45289-4.
  14. ^ Durden-Smith, Jo (2004). 100 Most Infamous Criminals. New York: Metrobooks. ISBN 978-0-7607-4849-7.
  15. ^ Newton, Michael. "Dr. Marcel Petiot". Crime Library. Archived from the original on January 14, 2007. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  16. ^ "Nous contacter". Russian Embassy School in Paris. Archived from the original on April 10, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 40–50, bd. Lannes, 75116 – Paris Ambassade de la Fédération de la Russie en France, Ecole secondaire avec l’enseignement approfondi des langues étrangères, Ecole associée de l’UNESCO RER: Av. Henri Martin Metro: Rue de la Pompe Bus: PC1, Dufrenoy
  17. ^ "Ambassade de la Fédération de Russie en France" [Embassy of the Russian Federation in France]. Russian Embassy in Paris (in French). Archived from the original on March 12, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 75116 Paris 40–50 boulevard Lannes
  18. ^ "Inicio". Colegio Español Federico García Lorca (in Spanish). Archived from the original on February 3, 2015. Retrieved May 2, 2015. 53, rue de la Pompe 75116 Paris
  19. ^ "Contacto" [Contact]. Colegio Español Federico García Lorca (in Spanish). Archived from the original on June 17, 2020. Retrieved September 7, 2020. 53, rue de la Pompe. 75116 París
  20. ^ "Map and Directions". International School of Paris. Archived from the original on October 30, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2014. Rue du Ranelagh: Primary School" "96 Bis Rue du Ranelagh 75016 Paris, France" et "Rue Beethoven/Chardin: Secondary School/Administration & Admissions" et "ISP's Secondary School is located in three buildings at 6 and 13 rue Beethoven and 7 rue Chardin.
  21. ^ "Contact". Kingsworth International School. Archived from the original on January 28, 2016. Retrieved September 7, 2020. 56 rue de Passy 75016 Paris France
  22. ^ Prépa Intégrale. "Intégrale Prepa- Prepa HEC" (in French). Archived from the original on April 20, 2014. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  23. ^ "欧州の補習授業校一覧(平成25年4月15日現在)". Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) (in Japanese and French). Archived from the original on March 30, 2014. Retrieved May 10, 2014. パリ ECOLE DE LANGUE JAPONAISE DE PARIS Ecole Maternelle et Primaire Saint Francois d'Eylau 20 av. Bugeaud 75116 Paris, France
  24. ^ "パリ日本語補習校 概要". École de langue japonaise de Paris (in Japanese). Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 教 室 水曜・土曜クラスともに Ecole Saint Francois教室 Ecole Maternelle et Primaire Saint Francois 住所:20 Av. Bugeaud 75116 Paris メトロ:Victor HUGO(2号線) 徒歩5分 / BOISSIERE(6号線) 徒歩9分
  25. ^ "2014~2015 年度 年間予定 教室の都合により、変更される場合がございます。" (PDF). École de langue japonaise de Paris (in Japanese). Archived (PDF) from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 水曜・土曜クラスともに Saint François d'Eylau 校 教室 Ecole Maternelle et Primaire Saint François d'Eylau 住所:20 av. Bugeaud 75116 Paris メトロ:2 番線 Victor HUGO 徒歩 5 分
  26. ^ "日本人会「パリ日本語補習校」2013~14年度申込書]" (PDF). École de langue japonaise de Paris (in Japanese and French). Archived (PDF) from the original on May 12, 2014. Retrieved May 10, 2014. AARJF 19, rue de Chaillot 75116 Paris

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