Arrondissement municipal

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Mairie of the 13th arrondissement of Paris

An arrondissement municipal (plural: arrondissements municipaux ) designates a district of a large city in France. This form of administration is not related to the French arrondissements .

In France there are arrondissements municipalaux in only three cities: the 20 arrondissements of Paris , the 16 arrondissements of Marseille and the nine arrondissements of Lyon . The first arrondissements were built in Paris as early as 1795. At that time the city consisted of only twelve arrondissements, the current districts have existed since 1859. In Lyon, the arrondissements were created in 1852 - but have been changed significantly since then - in Marseille they have existed since 1946. There, participation takes place via so-called sectors ( French Secteurs ), which were introduced later. Every two arrondissements form a sector in Marseille.

Each arrondissement municipal has a Mairie and a municipal council ( Conseil municipal ). Your main task is to question decisions relevant to the city council for the arrondissement. The arrondissement council can also set up individual councils for the districts belonging to the arrondissement. In these Conseils de Quartier , citizens can participate directly in politics.