The town hall
Paris and inner ring departments
|Area1||11.67 km2 (4.51 sq mi)|
|• Density||7,200/km2 (19,000/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||94081 / 94400|
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.
Vitry-sur-Seine was originally called simply Vitry. The name Vitry comes from Medieval Latin Vitriacum, and before that Victoriacum, meaning "estate of Victorius", a Gallo-Roman landowner. In 1897 the name of the commune officially became Vitry-sur-Seine (meaning "Vitry upon Seine"), in order to distinguish it from other communes of France also called Vitry.
For some years, Vitry-sur-Seine operated a cultural policy of bringing art to all. For this reason, the commune contains over 100 contemporary sculptures, notably in establishments of public education (schools, secondary schools and High Schools).
Vitry hosts the Musée d'Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne (Val-de-Marne's Museum of Contemporary Art). Opened on 18 November 2005, this museum offers in addition to the workshops of plastic arts, an auditorium and a cinema for art and experimental film.
Orly Airport is located near Vitry-sur-Seine.
The city can be separated into three distinct parts: the center containing numerous cités HLM (Housing projects), peripheral neighborhoods belonging to the middle class, and a large industrial area along the Seine river.
In 2008 the population of the city was estimated at 82,500 inhabitants. The rate of unemployment is 26.5%, while national average is under 10% Vitry-sur-Seine is the fiftieth most populated city of France and the tenth of Île-de-France.
Vitry is divided into three canton (districts):
- Vitry-sur-seine-Est counts 27 812 inhabitants
- Vitry-sur-seine-Nord counts 24 986 inhabitants
- Vitry-sur-seine-Ouest counts 26 110 inhabitants
(data dating from 1999)
Cités (Housing projects)
- Cité Balzac
- Cité Du Colonel Fabien
- Lucien Français
- Les Marronniers
- La Sablière 200
- La Commune de Paris
- Mario Capra
- Les Montagnards
- Les Montagnes (La Vanoise, Pelvoux, Annapurna)
- La Tourraine
- Le Mail
- Le Moulin Vert
- Les Toits et Joie
- Gabriel Peri
- Cité Robespierre
- Cité Barbusse
- Le Square de l'Horloge
- Cité Camille Groult
- Les Malassis
- Rouget de l'isle (Also named Cité Shaolin owing to the great number of Asians)
- La Glacière
- Cité Bourgogne
- Cité Verte
- Cité Bleu (Camille Blanc)
- Cité des Combattants
- Roger Derry
- Cité des Peupliers-Manouchians
- La Semise
Twin towns – Sister cities
Vitry-sur-Seine is twinned with:
- Burnley, United Kingdom, from 1958 to 1974 and since 1995
- Kladno, Czech Republic, since 1966
- Meissen, Germany, since 1973
- Jimmy Briand, footballer
- Cerrone, Musician
- Doudou Masta, rapper
- Damien Dovy, karateka
- David Fleurival, footballer
- Mickaël Hanany, athlete
- Jimmy Kébé, footballer
- rap group 113 composed of rappers (Rim'K, AP (rapper) and Mokobé
- Ritchie Makuma Mpasa, footballer
- Richard Massolin, footballer
- Jérémy Menez, footballer
- Maguy Nestoret, athlete
- Rohff, rapper
- Lassana Touré, basketball player
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Vitry-sur-Seine.|
- "British towns twinned with French towns [via WaybackMachine.com]". Archant Community Media Ltd. Archived from the original on 5 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
- "Partnerská města Kladna" (in Czech). 1 December 2009. Retrieved 7 April 2010.