12th arrondissement of Paris

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Template:Infobox settlement Template:Arrondissements of Paris The 12th arrondissement of Paris (also known as "arrondissement de Reuilly") is one of the 20 arrondissements (administrative districts) of the capital city of France.

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.

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 population

(of French censuses)
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(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 8,756


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


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Map of the 12th arrondissement

Places of interest

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Place Félix Eboué
  • Place de la Bastille (shared by the 4th, 11th and 12th arrondissements)
    • Opéra Bastille
    • Faubourg Saint-Antoine
  • Bois de Vincennes
  • Cimetière de Picpus
  • Musée des Arts Forains
  • Palais de la Porte Dorée (Cité nationale de l'histoire de l'immigration)
  • Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
  • Parc de Bercy
  • Promenade plantée
  • Viaduc des arts
  • Zoo de Vincennes

References and footnotes

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External links

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