Arrondissements of France

An arrondissement (French pronunciation: ​[aʁɔ̃dismɑ̃])[1] is a level of administrative division in France generally corresponding to the territory overseen by a subprefect. As of 2016, the 101 French departments were divided into 334 arrondissements (including 12 overseas).[2]

The capital of an arrondissement is called a subprefecture. When an arrondissement contains the prefecture (capital) of the department, that prefecture is the capital of the arrondissement, acting both as a prefecture and as a subprefecture. Arrondissements are further divided into cantons and communes.

The term arrondissement can be roughly translated into English as district.[3]

Role and administration

The administration of an arrondissement is assigned to a subprefect (French: sous-préfet) who assists the departmental prefect (préfet).

Unlike French regions, departments and communes, arrondissements do not have the status of legal entity in public law. In addition, unlike those other administrative divisions, they are not run by elected officials, but by political appointees, officials appointed by the French president.

Other Languages
беларуская: Акруга (Францыя)
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Акруга (Францыя)
עברית: נפות צרפת
slovenčina: Obvod (Francúzsko)
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Okruzi Francuske
українська: Округ (Франція)
Tiếng Việt: Quận của Pháp
中文: 区 (法国)