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Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Ivry-sur-Seine
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Paris and inner ring departments
Paris and inner ring departments
Coordinates: 48°48′28″N 2°22′29″E / 48.8078°N 2.3747°E / 48.8078; 2.3747Coordinates: 48°48′28″N 2°22′29″E / 48.8078°N 2.3747°E / 48.8078; 2.3747
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Val-de-Marne
Arrondissement Créteil
 • Mayor (2015–2020) Philippe Bouyssou
Area1 6.10 km2 (2.36 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 58,579
 • Density 9,600/km2 (25,000/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 94041 / 94200
Elevation 28–68 m (92–223 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.

Ivry-sur-Seine (French pronunciation: ​[i.vʁi.syʁ.sɛn]) is a commune in the Val-de-Marne department in the southeastern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 5.3 km (3.3 mi) from the center of Paris.

Paris's main Asian district, the Quartier Asiatique in the 13th arrondissement, borders the commune and now extends into the northern parts of Ivry. Asian commercial activity, especially Chinese and Vietnamese, has greatly increased in Ivry-sur-Seine during the past two decades. The commune contains one of the highest concentrations of Vietnamese in France, who began settling in the city in the late 1970s after the Vietnam War.[1]

Politically, Ivry-sur-Seine has historically demonstrated strong electoral support for the French Communist Party (PCF). Between 1925 and 2015 (except for the period of German occupation in World War II) the office of mayor was held by just three individuals: Georges Marrane, Jacques Laloë, and Pierre Gosnat, all members of the Communist Party.

Ivry-sur-Seine is twinned with Bishop Auckland in County Durham, England.


Originally, Ivry-sur-Seine was called simply Ivry. The name Ivry comes from Medieval Latin Ivriacum or Ibriacum, perhaps meaning "estate of Eburius (the Latinized form of the Gallic patronym Eburos)", a Gallo-Roman landowner.

In 1897 the name of the commune officially became Ivry-sur-Seine (meaning "Ivry upon Seine"), in order to distinguish it from other communes of France also called Ivry.


On 1 January 1860, the city of Paris was enlarged by annexing neighbouring communes. On that occasion, about a third of the commune of Ivry-sur-Seine was annexed to Paris, and now forms the Chinatown area of the 13th arrondissement of Paris.

Ivry-sur-Seine is perhaps most famous as the place of execution of Jean-Marie Bastien-Thiry in March 1963. Richard Ellman also notes that James Joyce's daughter, Lucia, received psychiatric treatment in the commune's hospital in 1936 and was visited by both Joyce and Samuel Beckett.[2]


Fnac has its head office in the commune.[3] The head office moved there in 2008.[4] E.Leclerc's head office is in the commune.[5]


Ivry-sur-Seine is served by two railway stations on the Paris Métro Line 7: Pierre et Marie Curie and Mairie d'Ivry.

The east of the commune is served by Ivry-sur-Seine station on Paris RER line C with stops at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the city centre.

Orly Airport is located to the south of Ivry-sur-Seine.


Senior high schools:

Colleges and universities:

Images from Ivry[edit]



Place of birth of residents of Ivry-sur-Seine in 1999
Born in Metropolitan France Born outside Metropolitan France
73.5% 26.5%
Born in
Overseas France
Born in foreign countries with French citizenship at birth¹ EU-15 immigrants² Non-EU-15 immigrants
2.2% 2.7% 4.7% 16.9%
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.

As of circa 1998 Ivry and Vitry-sur-Seine had a combined Asian population of 3,600. That year about 250 Asians from those communes worked in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, and the overall demographics of Ivry and Vitry Asians were similar to those in the 13th arrondissement.[6]


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  1. ^ La Diaspora Vietnamienne en France un cas particulier (in French)
  2. ^ Richard Ellman, James Joyce, Oxford: OUP, 1984.
  3. ^ "Contactez-nous." Fnac. Retrieved on 10 March 2010.
  4. ^ "150 salariés de la Fnac arrivent encore à Ivry." Le Parisien. 17 June 2008. Retrieved on 10 March 2010. "HIER, c'était le dernier jour d'aménagement au nouveau siège social de la Fnac, au bord de la Seine à Ivry-Port." and "Ils rejoignent ainsi les 850 autres employés qui sont déjà installés depuis le début du mois à Ivry."
  5. ^ "Conditions Générales d'Utilisation." E.Leclerc. Retrieved on 1 May 2011. "26, quai Marcel Boyer 94 200 Ivry-sur-Seine"
  6. ^ Guillon, Michelle. "The Chinese and Chinese Districts in Paris" (Chapter 11). In: Sinn, Elizabeth (editor). The Last Half Century of Chinese Overseas. Hong Kong University Press, 1 January 1998. ISBN 9622094465, 9789622094468. CITED: p. 197.

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