20th arrondissement of Paris

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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.

Geography

The land area of this arrondissement is 5.984 km2 (2.31 sq. miles, or 1,479 acres).

Demographics

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.

Historical population

Year
(of French censuses)
Population Density
(inh. per km2)
1872 92,772 15,503
1936 Template:Small 208,115 34,779
1954 200,208 33,457
1962 199,310 33,307
1968 188,921 31,571
1975 175,795 29,378
1982 171,971 28,738
1990 184,478 30,829
1999 182,952 30,574
2009 197,067 32,954

Immigration

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Cityscape

Places of interest

  • Parc de Belleville
  • Père Lachaise Cemetery

Important districts

  • District of Belleville
  • District of Ménilmontant

Government and infrastructure

The Directorate-General for External Security (DGSE) has its head office in the arrondissement.

Media

The humour publication Charlie Hebdo has its head office in the arrondissement.

References

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External links

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