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The article, on several occasions, passes some judgment on political decisions: it seems to advocate the regrouping of communes, it claims that France is a very conservative country, etc. I think it would need a dose of neutralization. David.Monniaux 19:04, 1 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Personally I don't agree. The word "conservative" in itself implies no particular judgement. It just describes reality. Something conservative is something that remains stable over time, that doesn't change. On that respect, we can say that administrative limits in France are conservative, because it is a fact that they have seldom changed in the last 200 years. To say that France is a conservative country in terms of its administrative limits is just a statement of fact. It is plain obvious that reforms of the administrative grid have been opposed widely for decades, and that there are many people absolutely opposed to getting rid of the départements. That's plain conservatism. Saying that, we don't imply anything good or bad about it. There are people who love conservatism, and there are people who hate it. We just describe reality. Hardouin 00:27, 12 Apr 2005 (UTC)
No, "conservative" is a judgment on the willingness of people to change things, and in this case was not applied only with respect to administrative limits. One may note for instance that France is not very conservative when it comes to changing constitutional rules, for instance.
Apart from that, the article made ample use of laudative or depreciative words. Let us for instance consider this sentence I rephrased: Another absurd example is Paris [...]. "Absurd" is in the eye of the beholder. I am sure that there are many thoughtful considerate and intelligent people who could provide us with some good reasons why Paris should not be merged into the same commune as the "little crown" (I note for instance that the government had to split the Seine département, which encompassed Paris and the little crown, because it was unwieldy to manage).
So, please, let us remove the judgmental bits. This article is very well documented, but it should not be an advocacy piece. David.Monniaux 05:55, 2 October 2005 (UTC)

No, David, you are wrongly bringing your own negative views of the word 'conservative' into the discussion. If you like, 'traditional' might be an appropriate substitution.

con⋅serv⋅a⋅tive   /kənˈsɜrvətɪv/ [kuhn-sur-vuh-tiv] Show IPA –adjective 1. disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change. 2. cautiously moderate or purposefully low: a conservative estimate. 3. traditional in style or manner; avoiding novelty or showiness: conservative suit. 4. (often initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the Conservative party. 5. (initial capital letter) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Conservative Jews or Conservative Judaism. 6. having the power or tendency to conserve; preservative. 7. Mathematics. (of a vector or vector function) having curl equal to zero; irrotational; lamellar. –noun 8. a person who is conservative in principles, actions, habits, etc. 9. a supporter of conservative political policies. 10. (initial capital letter) a member of a conservative political party, esp. the Conservative party in Great Britain. 11. a preservative.

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The future of communesEdit

I read : It is unclear yet where the trend is going. Will the intercommunal structures have representatives directly elected by the citizens in the future, as the Mauroy Report proposed in 2000? But then wouldn't this leave the communes like hollow administrative units?

But de facto, most of French communes are already nothing but administrative units, the main role of the mayor being acting as a deconcentrated agent of the state, all decentralized power being given to the intercommunal structure (and tht explain Mauroy's choice to leave the seat of Mayor in Lille to become President of the intercommunality).

What you say is exagerated. For one, there's a very important power left in the hands of mayors: municipal police. As heads of municipal police, mayors are not acting as deconcentrated agents of the state. Also, not all matters have been transferred to the intercommunal structures. In communities of communes especially, the mayors still keep many powers. Hardouin 17:28, 12 Apr 2005 (UTC)

I agree with you, but I think there is already an obvious trend that leads to the suppression of almost all decentralized power of the mayor. Therefore and I don't think Mauroy's rapport will change anything about that. Revas 21:52, 12 April (UTC)


For noate I made a template Template:French communes to Mirror the one on FR wikipedia... with a few minor changes you can take the data from the French pages and add it to the English ones... See the template talk page for some issues or anything else about it. gren 23:36, 1 Jun 2005 (UTC)

(list of) communes in French PolynesiaEdit

There is no list of communes of French Polynesia. French Polynesia is also not mentioned in the article Commune in France nor in the article Lists of communes of France. Do the communes in French Polynesia have some kind of special status and are not mentioned because of that?

In the French-language Wikipedia, there is already a collection (although not a list) of communes in French Polynesia:

Here is also a list (the numbers in this list coincide with the list in the French-language Wikipedia): .

Yet another list (with missing numbers):

-- Citylover 08:17, 12 September 2005 (UTC)

French Polynesia is divided into communes, like the rest of France. These communes have the regular status of French communes. Hardouin 14:18, 21 September 2005 (UTC)
If we are to nitpick, one may point that not all France is divided into communes (the TAAF aren't, for instance, and I'm unsure about Wallis and Futuna with their customary rulers). David.Monniaux 05:37, 2 October 2005 (UTC)


I read the article, and it is very interesting. Here are is a suggestion:

  • Doesn't the word communism come from commune ? If so, it could be mentionned

Ze miguel 10:35, 20 October 2005 (UTC)

Not exactly, commune is derived from the latin word "communia" meaning a gathering of people sharing a common life- aka a community, and communism is from the latin "communis" meaning things held in common.Xerex 12:14, 1 February 2006 (UTC)

This is what the Online Etymology Dictionary says:

  • communism : 1843, from Fr. communisme (c.1840) from commun (O.Fr. comun; see common) + -isme. Originally a theory of society; as name of a political system, 1850, a translation of Ger. Kommunismus, in Marx and Engels' "Manifesto of the German Communist Party." The first use of communist (n.) is by Goodwyn Barmby, who founded the London Communist Propaganda Society in 1841. Shortened form Commie attested from 1940.

Hardouin 18:59, 3 February 2006 (UTC)


In the 'Intercommunality' section, it says:

There are two types of intercommunal structures:

* ...
* ...

These three structures are given varying levels of fiscal power, ...

Could someone who knows their facts on this make this piece a little clearer please?

Scandinavia also use the word Commune (Kommune)Edit

Maybe we could put that in somewere? --Comanche cph 08:47, 19 August 2006 (UTC)

In commune (subnational entity). — Poulpy 10:42, 19 August 2006 (UTC)

Language styleEdit

Large parts of this article sound like poorly translated French. IT could benefit from copyediting from a native english speaker. I'm gonna go ahead and tag it. Niczar ⏎ 07:13, 27 January 2009 (UTC)

Still is not using very good English. I changed "official sixth level administrative divisions." to "six official levels of government." See also my challenge on the use of the term "administrative division" on that article's talk page. (talk) 07:45, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

Polash Polash Ahmed Mintu (talk) 18:28, 12 March 2018 (UTC)


It appears that the introduction is an overly elaborate way of saying that "commune" in French means "community" in English. Unfree (talk) 19:33, 30 October 2009 (UTC)


I was surprised to find that mayors of French communes can also be politicians in the national legislature, or have other political jobs. Where I live, this is not permitted. Is this something common around the world? If not, perhaps, it would be an interesting fact to add somewhere to the page? I would like there to be a seperate section on the governance of communes on the page. Currently, there is literally only a single paragraph about governance at the end of the "status of communes" section. --Criticalthinker (talk) 07:46, 8 January 2012 (UTC)


At District page there is note that "in the 20th century, districts were a type of intercommunality". But in this page there is no mention of district word at all. Could somebody clarify both articles? Grv87 (talk) 18:12, 30 March 2012 (UTC)

Article titleEdit

Hello. I have the feeling, according to Wikipedia:Naming conventions (plurals), that this article should be renamed to Commune (France). I would appreciate some feedback on that. Regards, Freewol (talk) 14:32, 14 March 2013 (UTC)


The following discussion is an archived discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. Editors desiring to contest the closing decision should consider a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: not moved. DrKiernan (talk) 18:28, 27 March 2013 (UTC)

Communes of FranceCommune (France)

  • Per Wikipedia:Naming conventions (plurals) and because the article is not a list of communes. Target article has a two-line history and currently redirects to the current name. Freewol (talk) 09:28, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
  • Communes are administrative divisions and would therefore fall under one of the exceptions listed at WP:PLURAL, no? Jenks24 (talk) 10:17, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
    For each commune of France, article introduction looks like this :
    '''Fontainebleau''' is a [[commune in France|commune]] ...
    I think that 99,99 % of the links to this article are in this form, which seems good enough to me for renaming it, according to Wikipedia:Naming conventions (plurals) :
    [...] if the page is called [[crayons]], then whenever one wants to use the term in the singular, one is forced into creating a piped link—the ungainly [[crayons|crayon]], or creating a redirect [...]
    Regards, Freewol (talk) 09:20, 25 March 2013 (UTC)
  • Support. Mcewan (talk) 10:26, 25 March 2013 (UTC)
  • Oppose per consistency WP:CRITERIA. Compare to States of Germany, Provinces of Spain, Provinces of Belgium, and the other members of Category:Country subdivisions of Europe. --BDD (talk) 16:46, 26 March 2013 (UTC)
  • Oppose. I still feel that this falls under the exceptions listed at WP:PLURAL and, as BDD notes, all other similar articles are in this format. If it is too ungainly or too much effort to type [[Communes of France|commune]] then I'd suggest just using one of the shorter redirects. Also worth noting that the current title uses natural disambiguation which is preferred to parenthetical disambiguation. Jenks24 (talk) 08:01, 27 March 2013 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page or in a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.

Population of a typical communeEdit

This section, in addition to lacking citations, fails to correctly communicate the concept of a median. The section starts, "The median population of metropolitan France's communes as of the 1999 census was 380 inhabitants." Later it says, "What the median population tells us is that the vast majority of the French communes only have some two hundred inhabitants; but there are also a small number of communes within much higher populations." A median number is one that has as many below as above, thus if there are 36,681 communes in France, there are about 18340 with population equal or small than 380, and about 18340 with population equal or larger. The "vast majority" of French communes cannot therefore have only some two hundred inhabitants. If this text comes from an uncited source, I don't want to change it (but perhaps a better source could be found?). If it is original content, it should be reworded to more clearly communicate what the median tells us. It could also include the average to shed further light on the fact that there are several densely-populated communes, and many more with very small populations. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:17, 6 May 2014 (UTC)

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