13th arrondissement of Paris

The 13th arrondissement of Paris (XIIIe arrondissement) is one of the 20 arrondissements of the capital city of France. In spoken French, this arrondissement is referred to as treizième.

13th arrondissement of Paris
Coat of arms of 13th arrondissement of Paris
Location within Paris
Location within Paris
Coordinates: 48°49′56″N 2°21′20″E / 48.83222°N 2.35556°E / 48.83222; 2.35556
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Jérôme Coumet (DVG)
7.15 km2 (2.76 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2020)[1]
 • Density24,872/km2 (64,420/sq mi)
INSEE code75113

The arrondissement, called Gobelins, is situated on the left bank of the River Seine. It is home to Paris's principal Asian community, the Quartier Asiatique, located in the southeast of the arrondissement in an area that contains many high-rise apartment buildings. The neighborhood features a high concentration of Chinese and Vietnamese businesses.[2] The current mayor is Jérôme Coumet [fr] (Socialist), who was re-elected by the arrondissement council on 29 March 2008 after the list which he headed gained 70% of the votes cast in the second round of the 2008 French municipal elections, and was again re-elected on 13 April 2014 and in 2020.

The 13th arrondissement is also home to the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand and the newly built business district of Paris Rive Gauche.


The 13th arrondissement is still growing in population, mainly because of an influx of Asian immigrants. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, the first wave of Vietnamese refugees from the Vietnam War settled in the arrondissement, largely concentrated near Masséna Boulevard. Later waves of refugees and Asian immigrants transitioned from being exclusively ethnic Vietnamese to include ethnic Chinese from Vietnam, Laotians and Cambodians. These migrants largely settled in the southern area of the arrondissement, creating an Asian quarter and establishing a commercial district and community institutions.[3] Teochew, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Lao and Khmer are spoken by many residents in the community.

At the last census in 1999, the population was 171,533. The 13th arrondissement is also rapidly growing in business activity, thanks to the new business district of Paris Rive Gauche. In 1999, the arrondissement contained 89,316 jobs, and it is believed to contain more today.

Historical populationEdit

(of French censuses)
Population Density
(inh. per km2)
1872 69,431 12,342
1954 165,620 23,164
1962 166,709 23,329
1968 158,280 22,149
1975 163,313 22,854
1982 170,818 23,904
1990 171,098 23,943
1999 171,533 24,004
2009 (peak of population) 182,032 25,459


Place of birth of residents of the 13th arrondissement in 1999
Born in metropolitan France Born outside metropolitan France
76.2% 23.8%
Born in
overseas France
Born in foreign countries with French citizenship at birth1 EU-15 immigrants2 Non-EU-15 immigrants
1.8% 4.5% 2.9% 14.6%
1 This group is made up largely of former French settlers, such as Pieds-Noirs in Northwest Africa, followed by former colonial citizens who had French citizenship at birth (such as was often the case for the native elite in French colonies), as well as to a lesser extent foreign-born children of French expatriates. A foreign country is understood as a country not part of France in 1999, so a person born for example in 1950 in Algeria, when Algeria was an integral part of France, is nonetheless listed as a person born in a foreign country in French statistics.

2 An immigrant is a person born in a foreign country not having French citizenship at birth. An immigrant may have acquired French citizenship since moving to France, but is still considered an immigrant in French statistics. On the other hand, persons born in France with foreign citizenship (the children of immigrants) are not listed as immigrants.


Map of the 13th arrondissement


The head office of Accor, including the company's executive management, is in the Immeuble Odyssey in the 13th arrondissement.[4] This facility is the company's registered office.[5]

Ubisoft has its business office in the arrondissement.[6]


Main campus in Paris (1912).

Senior high schools:

The 13th arrondissement is home to engineering graduate schools, Arts et Métiers ParisTech and Télécom ParisTech. The teaching and learning center is settled at the number 151.


Places of interestEdit

Streets and squaresEdit

A panoramic view of the towers in Paris's 13th arrondissement

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2020". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2022.
  2. ^ Smith, Craig S. Face behind Paris 'bistro' counter becomes Asian Archived 2005-05-14 at the Wayback Machine. International Herald Tribune, 10 May 2005.
  3. ^ La Diaspora Vietnamienne en France Archived 2013-12-03 at the Wayback Machine (in French)
  4. ^ "Address book Archived 2012-04-14 at the Wayback Machine." Accor. Retrieved on 19 March 2012. "Executive Management Immeuble Odyssey 110 avenue de France 75210 Paris cedex 13 France" and "Accor 2, rue de la Mare-Neuve 91021 Evry Cedex France"
  5. ^ "Legal information." Accor. Retrieved on 19 March 2012. "[...]having its registered office at 110 Avenue de France - 75013 PARIS" and "with its Group Corporate Communications & External Relations is located at: Immeuble Odyssey, 110 avenue de France, 75013 Paris, France."
  6. ^ "World Presence France." Ubisoft. Retrieved on 20 August 2011. "Business office Austerlitz 2000 173-179 rue du Chevaleret 75646 Paris Cedex 13 "
  7. ^ "Pitié-Salpêtrière." Assistance publique - Hôpitaux de Paris. Retrieved on 26 February 2015. "47-83 boulevard de l'Hôpital 75013 Paris"
  8. ^ "Street Art in 13 Arrondissement". Paris Digest. 2018. Retrieved 2018-11-09.

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