Arrondissements of France

An arrondissement is a level of administrative division in France corresponding to the territory overseen by a subprefect. As of 2019, the 101 French departments were divided into 332 arrondissements; the capital of an arrondissement is called a subprefecture. When an arrondissement contains the prefecture of the department, that prefecture is the capital of the arrondissement, acting both as a prefecture and as a subprefecture. Arrondissements are further divided into communes; the term arrondissement can be translated into English as district. The administration of an arrondissement is assigned to a subprefect who assists the departmental prefect. Unlike French regions and communes, arrondissements do not have the status of legal entity in public law. In addition, unlike those other administrative divisions, they are not run by elected officials, but by political appointees, officials appointed by the French president; the concept of arrondissements was proposed several times as an administrative reform during the Ancien Régime, notably by the intendant of the généralité of Brittany, Caze de La Bove, in his Mémoire concernant les subdélégués de l'intendance de Bretagne in 1775.

The arrondissements were created after the French Revolution by the Loi du 28 pluviôse in the year VIII of the Republican Calendar and replaced "districts". In certain periods in French history, they have served a role in legislative elections during the Third Republic. In 1926, 106 arrondissements were suppressed by the government. While it claimed it was to achieve fiscal savings, some political analysts considered the results electoral manipulation; some of these suppressed arrondissements were restored in 1942. The most recent creations and disestablishments of arrondissements are listed in the table below. Most departments have only four arrondissements; the departments of Paris and of the Territory of Belfort have only one, while the department of Pas-de-Calais has seven. Mayotte has none. Administrative divisions of France List of arrondissements of France Arrondissement Municipal arrondissements of France Arrondissements of Paris

Hologram (Nico Touches the Walls song)

"Hologram" is the sixth single by the Japanese band Nico Touches the Walls and second from the album Aurora, released on November 25, 2009. The single is the second opening theme for the anime, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, became one of the most popular songs by the band. In addition, it was used as the ending theme for the final episode of Brotherhood; the B-side has two songs: "Fujjin" and "Aitai kimochi". The single has two versions: CD-only and CD+DVD, Two different versions of the "Hologram" music video and a CM will be in the DVD. There are variant covers: the cover with an original image and the other one with the characters from the Fullmetal Alchemist anime; the single was released on August 12, 2009, reached number 11 on the Oricon Chart. Hologram became the band's highest ranking single on the Oricon music chart, a steady stream of fans have been downloading the single's truetone version. "Hologram" "Fuujin" "Aitai kimochi" Nico Touches the Walls official website


Firá is the modern capital of the Greek Aegean island of Santorini. A traditional settlement, "Firá" derives its name from an alternative pronunciation of "Thíra", the ancient name of the island itself. Fira is a city of white-washed houses built on the edge of the 400 metres high caldera on the western edge of the semi-circular island of Thera; the two main museums of interest are the Archaeological Museum of Thera, 30 metres east of the cable car entrance, the Museum of Prehistoric Thera at the southeast corner of the White Orthodox Cathedral of Ypapanti, built on the site of an earlier church destroyed in the 1956 Amorgos earthquake. The town hosts a number of churches, including the Cathedral of Ypapanti and the Three Bells of Fira. Access to Fira is by roads on its eastern side, climbing from its port via the Z-shaped footpath on foot or on donkeys, or by riding the steep cable car from its lower terminal by the port; the central square of Fira is called Plateia Theotokopoulou, with a bus and taxi station and pharmacies.

From Fira there is a panoramic view of the 18 kilometres long caldera from southern Cape Akrotiri to northern Cape Ag. Nikolaos, plus the volcanic island Nea Kameni at the center with Thirassia Island. Large cruise ships anchor in the small harbor between Nea Fira. Fira travel guide from Wikivoyage