Arrondissements of Paris

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Arrondissement of Paris
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Paris
Cantons 20
Communes 1
Préfecture Paris
 • Total 105 km2 (41 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 2,234,105
 • Density 21,000/km2 (55,000/sq mi)
¹ French Land Register data, which exclude lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km² as well as the estuaries of rivers.
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Arrondissements of Paris

The city of Paris is divided into twenty arrondissements municipaux, administrative districts, more simply referred to as arrondissements (pronounced [aʁɔ̃dismɑ̃] in French). These are not to be confused with departmental arrondissements, which subdivide the 101 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 most Parisian postal codes (75001 up to 75020).


The twenty arrondissements are arranged in the form of a clockwise spiral (often likened to a snail shell),[1] starting from the middle of the city, with the first on the Right Bank (north bank) of the Seine. The French cities of Lyon and Marseille have, more recently, also been subdivided into arrondissements.

In French, notably on street signs, the number is often given in Roman numerals. For example, the Eiffel Tower belongs to the VIIe arrondissement while Gare de l'Est is in the Xe arrondissement. In daily speech, people use only the ordinal number corresponding to the arrondissement, e.g. "Elle habite dans le sixième", "She lives in the 6th (arrondissement)".

Population density map of Paris in 2012.
(R for Right Bank, L for Left Bank)
Name Area (in km²) Population
(March 1999 census)
(July 2005 estimate)
Density (2005)
(in h. per km²)
Peak of population
1st R Louvre 1.826 16,888 17,700 9,693 before 1861
2nd R Bourse 0.992 19,585 20,700 20,867 before 1861
3rd R Temple 1.171 34,248 35,100 29,974 before 1861
4th R Hôtel-de-Ville 1.601 30,675 28,600 17,864 before 1861
5th L Panthéon 2.541 58,849 60,600 23,849 1911
6th L Luxembourg 2.154 44,919 45,200 20,984 1911
7th L Palais-Bourbon 4.088 56,985 55,400 13,552 1926
8th R Élysée 3.881 39,314 38,700 9,972 1891
9th R Opéra 2.179 55,838 58,500 26,847 1901
10th R Entrepôt 2.892 89,612 88,800 30,705 1881
11th R Popincourt 3.666 149,102 152,500 41,598 1911
12th R Reuilly 16.324¹
136,591 138,300 8,472¹
13th L Gobelins 7.146 171,533 181,300 25,371 20055
14th L Observatoire 5.621 132,844 134,700 23,964 1954
15th L Vaugirard 8.502 225,362 232,400 27,335 1962
16th R Passy 16.305³
161,773 149,500 9,169³
17th R Batignolles-Monceau 5.669 160,860 160,300 28,277 1954
18th R Butte-Montmartre 6.005 184,586 188,700 31,424 1931
19th R Buttes-Chaumont 6.786 172,730 187,200 27,586 20055
20th R Ménilmontant 5.984 182,952 191,800 32,052 1936

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 Quarters of Paris.


Map showing the twelve original arrondissements. The surrounding grey area shows the size of Paris after the expansion in 1860.

On 11 October 1795, Paris was divided into twelve arrondissements. They were numbered from west to east, with the numbers 1-9 situated on the Right Bank of the Seine and the numbers 10-12 on the Left Bank. Each arrondissement was subdivided into four quartiers, which corresponded to the 48 original districts created in 1790.

Emperor Napoleon III and the Prefect of the Seine Baron Haussmann developed a plan to incorporate several of the surrounding communes into the Paris jurisdiction in the late 1850s. Parliament passed the necessary legislation in 1859, and the expansion took effect when the law was promulgated on 3 November 1859 (though city taxes were not extended to the new neighborhoods until 1 July 1860).[2] The previous twelve arrondissements were reorganized from twelve arrondissements into twenty. When Haussmann released his plan for the new boundaries and numbering system, residents of Passy objected because it placed them in the new thirteenth arrondissement, and at the time the expression "they were married in the thirteenth" was "a jocular way of referring to non-marital cohabitation". The mayor of Passy, Possoz, devised the idea of a numbering the arrondissements in a spiral pattern beginning with the first centered on the imperial palaces, which put Passy in the sixteenth.[3]

In historical records, when it is important to distinguish between two systems, the original arrondissements are indicated by adding the term ancienne ("former" or "old"), for example, 2ème ancienne or 7ème anc..

List of Arrondissements' Mayors 2014-2020[edit]

Arrondissement Arrondissement's Mayor Political party Notes
1 Jean-François Legaret Jean-François Legaret UMP
2 Jacques Boutault Jacques Boutault EELV
3 Pierre Aidenbaum Pierre Aidenbaum PS
4 Christophe Girard PS
5 Florence Berthout UMP
6 Jean-Pierre Lecoq UMP
7 Rachida Dati Rachida Dati UMP European Deputy
8 Jeanne d'Hauteserre Jeanne d'Hauteserre UMP
9 Delphine Bürkli Jacques Bravo UMP
10 Rémi Féraud Rémi Féraud.jpg PS
11 François Vauglin PS Deputy of Paris
12 Catherine Baratti-Elbaz PS
13 Jérôme Coumet Jérôme Coumet PS
14 Carine Petit PS
15 Philippe Goujon Philippe Goujon UMP Deputy of Paris
16 Claude Goasguen Claude Goasguen UMP Deputy of Paris
17 Brigitte Kuster Brigitte Kuster UMP Member of Île-de-France's Regional Council
18 Eric Lejoindre PS
19 François Dagnaud PS
20 Frédérique Calandra Frédérique Calandra PS

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pientka, Cheryl A.; Alexiou, Joseph (2007-03-26). Paris For Dummies. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9780470085844. 
  2. ^ Carmona, Michel (2002). Haussmann: His Life and Times and the Making of Modern Paris. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee. pp. 313–5. 
  3. ^ Carmona, Michel (2002). Haussmann: His Life and Times and the Making of Modern Paris. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee. pp. 321–2. 

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