Hauts-de-Seine (French: [o.də.sɛn] (About this soundlisten); lit.'Seine Heights') is a department of France located in the region of Île-de-France. It is part of Grand Paris as it covers the western inner suburbs of Paris. With a population of 1,603,268 (as of 2016) and a total area of 176 square kilometres (68 square miles), it is the second-most highly densely populated department of France. Hauts-de-Seine is best known for containing the modern office, theatre and shopping complex La Défense. Its inhabitants are called Altoséquanais.

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From top down, left to right: a view of Boulogne-Billancourt from the Parc de Saint-Cloud, the Château de Sceaux, Meudon site of the Paris Observatory, La Défense seen from La Garenne-Colombes, as well as the Château de Malmaison
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Location of Hauts-de-Seine in France
Location of Hauts-de-Seine in France
Coordinates: 48°50′N 02°12′E / 48.833°N 2.200°E / 48.833; 2.200Coordinates: 48°50′N 02°12′E / 48.833°N 2.200°E / 48.833; 2.200
 • President of the Departmental CouncilGeorges Siffredi (LR, interim)
 • Total176 km2 (68 sq mi)
 • Total1,603,268
 • Rank5th
 • Density9,100/km2 (24,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Department number92
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Hauts-de-Seine is considered to be the wealthiest department in France, and additionally has the highest GDP per capita at €104,000 in 2016.[1]


Hauts-de-Seine and two other small départements, Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-de-Marne, form a ring around Paris, known as the Petite Couronne (literal translation: "little crown") and are together with the City of Paris included in Greater Paris since 1 January 2016.



Hauts-de-Seine is made up of three departmental arrondissements and 36 communes:

Number on Map Name Area (km2) Population Coat of arms Arrondisement Individual map Labelled map
1 Antony 9.56 62,570   Antony    
2 Châtenay-Malabry 6.38 33,286    
3 Sceaux 3.6 19,344    
4 Bourg-la-Reine 1.86 20,667    
5 Bagneux 4.19 40,918    
6 Fontenay-aux-Roses 2.51 24,564    
7 Le Plessis-Robinson 3.43 29,100    
8 Clamart 8.77 52,971    
9 Châtillon 2.92 37,355    
10 Montrouge 2.07 50,260    
11 Malakoff 2.07 30,720    
12 Vanves 1.56 27,729    
13 Issy-les-Moulineaux 4.25 68,451   Boulogne-Billancourt  
14 Boulogne-Billancourt 6.17 120,071    
15 Meudon 9.9 45,352    
16 Sèvres 3.91 23,507    
17 Chaville 3.55 20,520    
18 Ville-d'Avray 3.67 11,453    
19 Saint-Cloud 7.56 29,973    
20 Marnes-la-Coquette 3.48 1,810    
21 Vaucresson 3.08 8,667    
22 Garches 2.69 17,869   Nanterre  
23 Rueil-Malmaison 14.7 78,152    
24 Suresnes 3.79 48,264    
25 Puteaux 3.19 44,645    
26 Nanterre 12.19 95,105    
27 Colombes 7.81 85,177    
28 La Garenne-Colombes 1.78 29,169    
29 Bois-Colombes 1.92 28,239    
30 Courbevoie 4.17 81,719    
31 Neuilly-sur-Seine 3.73 60,361    
32 Levallois-Perret 2.41 64,379    
33 Clichy 3.08 61,070    
34 Asnières-sur-Seine 4.82 85,191    
35 Gennevilliers 11.64 46,907    
36 Villeneuve-la-Garenne 3.2 23,771    


Hauts-de-Seine has a general council of which members are called general councillors. The general council is the deliberative organ of the department. The general councilors are elected by the inhabitants of the departement for a 6-years term. The general council is ruled by a president.

See Hauts-de-Seine General Council.


The Hauts-de-Seine department was created in 1968, from parts of the former départements of Seine and Seine-et-Oise. Its creation reflected the implementation of a law passed in 1964, and Nanterre had already been selected as the prefecture for the new department early in 1965.

In the 1990s and early 2000s, Hauts-de-Seine received national attention as the result of a corruption scandal concerning the misuse of public funds provided for the department's housing projects. Implicated were former minister and former president of the Hauts-de-Seine General Council, Charles Pasqua, and other personalities of the RPR party. (See corruption scandals in the Paris region.)


Hauts-de-Seine is France's wealthiest département and one of Europe's richest areas. Its GDP per capita was €104,000 in 2016, according to Eurostat official figures.[1]


Hauts-de-Seine was the political base of Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the Republic from 2007 to 2012. He was previously the Mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine (1983–2002) and President of the Departmental Council of Hauts-de-Seine (2004–2007). He succeeded Charles Pasqua as Departmental Council President.[2]

Members of the National AssemblyEdit

Hauts-de-Seine elected the following members of the National Assembly during the 2017 legislative election:

Constituency Member[3] Party
Hauts-de-Seine's 1st constituency Elsa Faucillon French Communist Party
Hauts-de-Seine's 2nd constituency Adrien Taquet La République En Marche!
Hauts-de-Seine's 3rd constituency Christine Hennion La République En Marche!
Hauts-de-Seine's 4th constituency Isabelle Florennes La République En Marche!
Hauts-de-Seine's 5th constituency Céline Calvez La République En Marche!
Hauts-de-Seine's 6th constituency Constance Le Grip The Republicans
Hauts-de-Seine's 7th constituency Jacques Marilossian La République En Marche!
Hauts-de-Seine's 8th constituency Jacques Maire La République En Marche!
Hauts-de-Seine's 9th constituency Thierry Solère The Republicans
Hauts-de-Seine's 10th constituency Gabriel Attal La République En Marche!
Hauts-de-Seine's 11th constituency Laurianne Rossi La République En Marche!
Hauts-de-Seine's 12th constituency Jean-Louis Bourlanges MoDem
Hauts-de-Seine's 13th constituency Frédérique Dumas La République En Marche!


Population development since 1881:

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.

Place of birth of residentsEdit

Place of birth of residents of Hauts-de-Seine in 1999
Born in Metropolitan France Born outside Metropolitan France
80.6% 19.4%
Born in
Overseas France
Born in foreign countries with French citizenship at birth1 EU-15 immigrants2 Non-EU-15 immigrants
1.5% 3.5% 3.8% 10.6%
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), and 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.



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