13th arrondissement of Paris

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The 13th arrondissement of Paris (also known as "arrondissement des Gobelins") is one of the 20 arrondissements (administrative districts) of the capital city of France.

Situated on the Left Bank of the River Seine, it is home to Paris's main Chinatown, which is located in the southeast of the arrondissement in an area that contains many high-rise apartment buildings. The current mayor is Jérôme Coumet (Socialist), who was re-elected by the arrondissement council on 29 March 2008 after the list which he headed gained 70% of the votes cast in the second round of the French municipal elections, 2008.

The 13th arrondissement also hosts the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand and the newly built business district of Paris Rive Gauche.


The 13th arrondissement is still growing in population, mainly because of an influx of Asian immigrants. In the 1980s, ethnic Chinese refugees from the former French colony of French Indochina (modern-day Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos) settled there. Teochew, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Khmer are spoken by many residents in the community.

At the last census in 1999, the population was 171,533. The 13th arrondissement is also rapidly growing in business activity, thanks to the new business district of Paris Rive Gauche. In 1999, the arrondissement contained 89,316 jobs, and it is believed to contain more today.

Historical population

(of French censuses)
Population Density
(inh. per km2)


1872 69,431 12,342
1954 165,620 23,164
1962 166,709 23,329
1968 158,280 22,149
1975 163,313 22,854
1982 170,818 23,904
1990 171,098 23,943
1999 171,533 24,004
2009 (peak of population) 182,032 25,459


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Map of the 13th arrondissement


The head office of Accor, including the company's executive management, is in the Immeuble Odyssey in the 13th arrondissement.<ref name="HQ">"Address book." Accor. Retrieved on 19 March 2012. "Executive Management Immeuble Odyssey 110 avenue de France 75210 Paris cedex 13 France" and "Accor 2, rue de la Mare-Neuve 91021 Evry Cedex France"</ref> This facility is the company's registered office.

Ubisoft has its business office in the arrondissement.


right (1912).]] The 13th arondissement is home to the engineering graduate school, Arts et Métiers ParisTech. The teaching and learning center is settled at the number 151.



Places of interest

  • Paris's main Chinatown, also locally called la petite Asie ("Little Asia"), is located in the high rise buildings of this arrondissement.Template:Citation needed The following can be found in this area:
    • Les Olympiades, Super-Italie and various other towers among the tallest in Paris
    • Tang Frères and Paristore Asian supermarkets and grocery stores.
  • Bibliothèque nationale de France
  • Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital
  • Butte-aux-Cailles
  • Gare d'Austerlitz
  • Gobelins manufactory
  • University of Chicago Center in Paris
  • 6 Villa des Gobelins - residence of H? Chí Minh from July 1919 to July 1921

Streets and squares include

  • Rue Zadkine
  • Boulevard de la Zone
  • Place d'Italie

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External links

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