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The city of Paris, in France is divided into 20 arrondissements.

On January 1, 1860, new territory was defined to be within the city, and the previous 12 arrondissements were rearranged with the new territory to become the present 20. The arrangement is in the form of a clockwise spiral, starting with the 1st arrondissement in the middle of the city on the right bank (north bank) of the Seine River.

In references to historical records (where it is important to distinguish between the original 12 arrondissements and the current 20), the old arrondissements are indicated by following the number with the term ancienne (e.g. 2ème ancienne or 7ème anc.).

The list below indicates Right Bank (R) or Left Bank (L) bank:

Other parts of France

The French cities Marseille and Lyon are also divided into arrondissements.

Arrondissement is also the name of the subdivisions of the French départements (but the word is barely used in this meaning). The capital city of an arrondissement is the sous-préfecture - see French arrondissements.

See also: Administrative divisions of France


In Belgium, the nation is divided into provinces, which are in turn subdivided into arrondissements. Each arrondissement comprised of communes.


In Canada's province of Québec, the cities of Gatineau, Montréal, Québec City, Saguenay, Longueuil and Sherbrooke are divided into arrondissements (called boroughs in English).


Borough Borough Borough
Ahuntsic/Cartierville LaSalle Rivière-des-Prairies /Pointe-aux-Trembles /Montréal-Est

Anjou L'Île-Bizard/Sainte-Geneviève /Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Rosemont /Petite-Patrie
Beaconsfield/Baie-d'Urfé Mercier /Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Saint-Laurent

Côte-des-Neiges/Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Montréal-Nord Saint-Léonard
Côte-Saint-Luc/Hampstead/Montréal-Ouest Mont-Royal Sud-Ouest (consisting of Point-Saint-Charles , Saint-Henri , Ville-Émard , Côte-Saint-Paul & Petite-Bourgogne )
Dollard-des-Ormeaux/Roxboro Outremont Verdun
Dorval/L'Île-Dorval Pierrefonds/Senneville Ville-Marie (consisting of Downtown, Old Montreal, & the Gay Village)
Kirkland Plateau Mont-Royal Villeray /Saint-Michel /Parc-Extension
Lachine Pointe-Claire Westmount
Italics: part of former city of Montreal

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