Montreuil (Seine-Saint-Denis)

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Montreuil coat of arms
Montreuil (France)
region Île-de-France
Department Seine-Saint-Denis
Arrondissement Bobigny
Canton Montreuil-1 (main town)
Montreuil-2 (main town)
Community association Métropole du Grand Paris and
Est Ensemble
Coordinates 48 ° 52 '  N , 2 ° 27'  E Coordinates: 48 ° 52 '  N , 2 ° 27'  E
height 52-117 m
surface 8.92 km 2
Residents 109,897 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 12,320 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 93100
INSEE code

, Panorama from the Parc des Beaumont seen from

Montreuil [ mɔtʁœj ] is a French municipality with 109,897 inhabitants (at January 1, 2017) in the Seine-Saint-Denis in the region of Ile-de-France . It is the second most populous city in the department after Saint-Denis and the fifth most populous in the region . The inhabitants are called Montreuillois .


As an eastern suburb, the city borders directly on the city of Paris .


The city hosted under the kings Louis XIV and Louis XV. the murs à pêches . Later the Lumière and Georges Méliès brothers had their workshops in the old town of Montreuil.

Today Montreuil is divided into five districts ( Quartiers ):

  • Le bas Montreuil (the old town, bordering Saint-Mandé ; the flea market, Marché aux puces, bordering Paris , Porte de Montreuil)
  • Le Quartier de la Mairie (the pedestrian zone, La Croix de Chavaux, the mayor's office, the church)
  • La Noue (Parc des Guilands, Cité de La Noue, Robespierre, adjacent to Bagnolet )
  • Le Bel Air (Cité Jean Moulin, Parc des Beaumonts, Cité du Bel Air, Cité des Grands Pêchers)
  • La Boissière (north of Montreuil, bordering Noisy-le-Sec , Rosny-sous-Bois and Fontenay-sous-Bois )

Montreuil has been a workers' and immigrant community since the late 19th century . Here Émile Reynaud developed the praxinoscope , and from the late 19th century to the early 20th century the city was an important location for the French film industry . It was no coincidence that the production company Les Films Albatros was founded in the area where Russian-speaking immigrants settled around 1920.

The largest group of immigrants today, alongside migrants from the Maghreb, are those from Sub-Saharan Africa , especially from Mali , which is why the place is nicknamed Bamako -sur-Seine . Today, 80 percent of the building fabric consists of apartment houses and 20% of smaller houses, most of which date back to earlier centuries, around a third are social housing ( HLM - Habitation à loyer modéré ) from the late 1960s and early 1970s. The HLM real estate is currently being revitalized with the construction of some houses with a more humane and less systematic architecture. 5 percent of the community area is made up of sports fields and parks, 5 percent of abandoned factories and workshops, which have now been transformed into lofts for the new bohème-bourgeoisie that is pouring into the city, making the place a prime example of gentrification processes . The headquarters of the largest French trade union, the CGT, and the French and European headquarters of the non-governmental organization Attac, which is critical of globalization, are located in Montreuil . After the completion of the new building, the Franco-German Youth Office will also have its French headquarters here. In addition, the French book fair for young people takes place in Montreuil every year.


town hall

Mayor of Montreuil has been Patrice Bessac , a member of the French Communist Party (PCF) , since 2014 . Before that, Dominique Voynet was a member of the Green Mayor from 2008 to 2014 , and Jean-Pierre Brard, who was not party to the party after leaving the PCF, from 1984 to 2008 .

Town twinning

Montreuil has twinned cities with


sons and daughters of the town

People who have worked or are still working on site


  • Le Patrimoine des Communes de la Seine-Saint-Denis. Flohic Éditions, 2nd edition, Paris 2002, ISBN 2-84234-133-3 , pp. 209-223.

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