20th arrondissement of Paris
Template:Unreferenced Template:Infobox settlement The 20th arrondissement (also known as "arrondissement de Ménilmontant"), located on the Right Bank, is one of the 20 arrondissements of Paris, France. It contains the cosmopolitan districts of Ménilmontant and Belleville which have welcomed many successive waves of immigration since the middle of the 19th century. Despite this, the arrondissement elected and was represented by the anti-immigration Front National politician Jean-Marie Le Pen, as a municipal councillor from 1983 to 1989. Today, Belleville contains the second largest Chinatown in Paris.
The 20th arrondissement is also internationally known for the Père Lachaise Cemetery where one can find the tombs of many famous composers (such as Frédéric Chopin and Gioacchino Rossini), writers (including Oscar Wilde and Marcel Proust), painters (Camille Pissarro, Jacques-Louis David, and others), and the rock singer Jim Morrison of The Doors.
The land area of this arrondissement is 5.984 km2 (2.31 sq. miles, or 1,479 acres).
The population of Paris's 20th arrondissement peaked in 1936, when it had 208,115 inhabitants. Today it remains very dense in population and business activity with 182,952 inhabitants and 54,786 jobs as of the last census, in 1999.
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Places of interest
- Parc de Belleville
- Père Lachaise Cemetery
- District of Belleville
- District of Ménilmontant
Government and infrastructure
The Directorate-General for External Security (DGSE) has its head office in the arrondissement.
The humour publication Charlie Hebdo has its head office in the arrondissement.