17th arrondissement of Paris

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The 17th arrondissement of Paris is one of the 20 arrondissements (administrative districts) of the capital city of France.


The land area of this arrondissement is 5.669 km2 (2.189 sq. miles, or 1,401 acres).

Situated on the right bank of the River Seine, this arrondissement is divided in 4 administrative districts: Ternes and Monceau in the southwestern part, two upper-class districts which are more Haussmannian in style; in the middle of the arrondissement, the Batignolles district, an area mostly occupied by young families or couples, with a marked gentrification process; in the northeastern part, the Épinettes district, a former industrial district gone residential, which is mainly middle class and also experiencing a less advanced gentrification process.

The town hall of the 17th arrondissement is on Rue des Batignolles. It is the only town hall of Paris to be located in a modern building. The original building was torn down in 1971 to make room for the current edifice. The 17th arrondissement also hosts the Palais des Congrès of Paris, which is a large exhibition center with an associated high-rise hotel, the Concorde Lafayette, the largest in the city.


The peak population of Paris's 17th arrondissement was reached in 1954, when it had 231,987 inhabitants. Today, the arrondissement remains dense in population and business activity, with 160,860 inhabitants and 92,267 jobs as of the most recent census (1999).

Historical population

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


1872 101,804 17,955
1954 (peak of population) 231,987 40,922
1962 227,687 40,164
1968 210,299 37,096
1975 186,293 32,862
1982 169,513 29,902
1990 161,935 28,565
1999 160,860 28,375
2009 168,454 29,710


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The southwestern part of the arrondissement is very dense in offices, mostly for services. Several big companies have their headquarters there. When it existed, Gaz de France had its head office in the 17th arrondissement.

Batignolles and Épinettes, two former industrial areas, are now mostly residential. The area around the avenue de Clichy, shared with the 8th, 9th and 18th arrondissement of Paris, is occupied by a lot of shops. This is the third biggest avenue of Paris in terms of sales.


Places of interest

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  • Marché des Batignolles
  • Marché Poncelet
  • Musée national Jean-Jacques Henner
  • Palais des Congrès and Hôtel Concorde Lafayette
  • Square des Batignolles
  • Cité des Fleurs
  • Place de Clichy
  • Parc Clichy-Batignolles
  • Square des Épinettes



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