12th arrondissement of Paris

The 12th arrondissement of Paris (XIIe arrondissement) is one of the 20 arrondissements, or boroughs, of the capital city of France. In spoken French, this arrondissement is referred to as douzième ("twelfth").

12th arrondissement of Paris
The town hall
The town hall
Location within Paris
Location within Paris
Coordinates: 48°50′27″N 2°23′17″E / 48.84083°N 2.38806°E / 48.84083; 2.38806Coordinates: 48°50′27″N 2°23′17″E / 48.84083°N 2.38806°E / 48.84083; 2.38806
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Emmanuelle Pierre-Marie (EELV)
6.38 km2 (2.46 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2018)[1]
 • Density21,891/km2 (56,700/sq mi)
INSEE code75112
Paris Coat of Arms
20 arrondissements
of Paris
17th 18th 19th
  8th 9th 10th 11th 20th
16th 2nd 3rd
1st 4th 12th
River Seine
  7th 6th 5th 13th
15th 14th

The arrondissement, called Reuilly, is situated on the right bank of the River Seine. The district has been significantly reorganized in recent decades, especially in the areas of Cour Saint-Émilion and Bercy, which now contain the French Ministry of Finances and the Bercy arena, now renamed Accorhotels Arena.[2]

The 12th arrondissement contains the Opéra de la Bastille, the second largest opera house in Paris. It was inaugurated in 1989, on the 200th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille. The Bois de Vincennes is also located in this arrondissement.


The land area of this arrondissement is 16.324 km2 (6.303 sq. miles, or 4,034 acres), two-thirds of which consists of the Bois de Vincennes park. Excluding the Bois de Vincennes, its land area is 6.377 km2 (2.462 sq. miles, or 1,576 acres).


The peak of population of Paris's 12th arrondissement occurred in 1962 and was followed by three decades of decline. Recently, however, the population has begun to grow again, since the restructuring of the 1990s. As of the last census, in 1999, the population was 136,591 inhabitants. The same census showed that the 12th arrondissement, heavily involved in business activity, contained 112,336 jobs, mainly around the new district of Bercy.

Historical populationEdit

(of French censuses)
Population Density[3]
(inh. per km2)
1872 87,678 13,749
1954 158,437 24,845
1962 (peak of population) 161,574 25,337
1968 155,982 24,460
1975 140,900 22,095
1982 138,015 21,643
1990 130,257 20,426
1999 136,591 21,419
2009 142,897 22,408


Place of birth of residents of the 12th arrondissement in 1999
Born in metropolitan France Born outside metropolitan France
81.2% 18.8%
Born in
overseas France
Born in foreign countries with French citizenship at birth1 EU-15 immigrants2 Non-EU-15 immigrants
1.2% 4.1% 3.2% 10.3%
1 This group is made up largely of former French settlers, such as Pieds-Noirs in Northwest Africa, followed by former colonial citizens who had French citizenship at birth (such as was often the case for the native elite in French colonies), as well as to a lesser extent foreign-born children of French expatriates. Note that a foreign country is understood as a country not part of France in 1999, so a person born for example in 1950 in Algeria, when Algeria was an integral part of France, is nonetheless listed as a person born in a foreign country in French statistics.

2 An immigrant is a person born in a foreign country not having French citizenship at birth. Note that an immigrant may have acquired French citizenship since moving to France, but is still considered an immigrant in French statistics. On the other hand, persons born in France with foreign citizenship (the children of immigrants) are not listed as immigrants.


The Derichebourg Group, the parent company of Servisair, has its head office in the arrondissement.[4] Foster Wheeler has its Foster Wheeler France division offices in the 12th arrondissement.[5]


Lycée Paul Valéry is located in this arrondissement.

Ensemble Scolaire Saint Michel de Picpus has two campuses in this arrondissement.


Map of the 12th arrondissement

Places of interestEdit

Place Félix Eboué

Notable peopleEdit

References and footnotesEdit

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2018". INSEE. 28 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Bercy district in Paris. Palais Omnisports". Paris Digest. 2018. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  3. ^ Excluding Bois de Vincennes
  4. ^ "Derichebourg contacts." Derichebourg Group. Retrieved on 13 September 2011. "Head office details: Derichebourg 119, Av. du Général Michel Bizot 75579 PARIS Cedex 12"
  5. ^ "Contact Us: Global Engineering and Construction." Foster Wheeler. Retrieved on 30 December 2011. "40, avenue des Terroirs de France 75012 Paris France "

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