- Arrondissements of Paris
The city of
Parisis divided into twenty "arrondissements municipaux", more simply referred to as "arrondissements" (pronEng|əˈɹɒndɨsmənt in English and IPA|/aʁɔ̃dismɑ̃/ in French). These are not to be confused with departmental arrondissements, which subdivide the one hundred French "départements". The word "arrondissement", when applied to Paris, refers almost always to the municipal arrondissements listed below.The number of the arrondissement is indicated by the last two digits in Parisian postal codes (75001 up to 75020).
The twenty arrondissements are arranged in the form of a clockwise
spiral, starting with the first in the middle of the city on the right bank (north bank) of the Seine River. The French cities of Lyonand Marseilleare also subdivided in this way.
1. With the
Bois de Vincennes
2. Without the Bois de Vincennes
3. With the
Bois de Boulogne
4. Without the Bois de Boulogne
5. 2005 is the year of the most recent official estimate; population of these arrondissements may still be growing
Each arrondissement is subdivided administratively into four "quartiers". Paris thus has eighty "quartiers administratifs", each containing a police station. For a table giving the names of the eighty "quartiers", see .
October 11, 1795, Paris was divided into twelve arrondissements. They were numbered from west to east, with numbers 1-9 situated on the right bankof the Seine, and 10-12 on the left bank.
Each arrondissement was subdivided into four "quartiers", which corresponded to the 48 original districts created in 1790.
January 1, 1860, new territory was defined to be within the cityby Napoleon III. The previous twelve arrondissements were rearranged with this new territory to become the present twenty.
In references to historical records (where it is important to distinguish between the old and new systems), the old arrondissements are indicated by following the number with the term "ancienne" (e.g. "2ème ancienne" or "7ème anc.").
Arrondissement, for other uses of the term.
Paris, je t'aime", movie composed of five-minute sequences on each arrondissement
* [http://www.paris.fr/en Official Paris website]
* [http://www.paris.fr/portail/accueil/Portal.lut?page_id=4971 Diagrams of each arrondissement showing its quartiers administratifs]
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