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The town hall
The town hall
Coat of arms of Vitry-sur-Seine
Coat of arms
Paris and inner ring departments
Paris and inner ring departments
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Val-de-Marne
Arrondissement Créteil
Area1 11.67 km2 (4.51 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 84,369
 • Density 7,200/km2 (19,000/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 94081 / 94400

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Vitry-sur-Seine (French pronunciation: ​) is a commune in the southeastern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 7.5 km (4.7 mi) from the centre of Paris.


  • Name 1
  • Main sights 2
  • Culture 3
  • Transport 4
  • Demographics 5
    • Immigration 5.1
  • Administration 6
  • Cités (Housing projects) 7
  • International relations 8
    • Twin towns – Sister cities 8.1
  • Personalities 9
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12


Vitry-sur-Seine was originally called simply Vitry. The name Vitry comes from Medieval Latin Vitriacum, and before that Victoriacum, meaning "estate of Victorius", a Gallo-Roman landowner. In 1897 the name of the commune officially became Vitry-sur-Seine (meaning "Vitry upon Seine"), in order to distinguish it from other communes of France also called Vitry.

Main sights


For some years, Vitry-sur-Seine operated a cultural policy of bringing art to all. For this reason, the commune contains over 100 contemporary sculptures, notably in establishments of public education (schools, secondary schools and High Schools).

Vitry hosts the Musée d'Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne (Val-de-Marne's Museum of Contemporary Art). Opened on 18 November 2005, this museum offers in addition to the workshops of plastic arts, an auditorium and a cinema for art and experimental film.

Vitry is one of the cities that contributed to the development of the Hip hop movement in France. Consequentially, urban art has a very important place in the city


Vitry-sur-Seine is served by two stations on Paris RER line C: Vitry-sur-Seine and Les Ardoines.

Orly Airport is located near Vitry-sur-Seine.


The city can be separated into three distinct parts: the center containing numerous cités HLM (Housing projects), peripheral neighborhoods belonging to the middle class, and a large industrial area along the Seine river.

The bordering towns are Ivry-sur-Seine, Villejuif, Chevilly-Larue, Thiais, Choisy-le-Roi, Alfortville.

In 2008 the population of the city was estimated at 82,500 inhabitants. The rate of unemployment is 26.5%, while national average is under 10% Vitry-sur-Seine is the fiftieth most populated city of France and the tenth of Île-de-France.


Place of birth of residents of Vitry-sur-Seine in 1999
Born in Metropolitan France Born outside Metropolitan France
72.9% 27.1%
Born in
Overseas France
Born in foreign countries with French citizenship at birth¹ EU-15 immigrants² Non-EU-15 immigrants
2.7% 2.7% 5.9% 15.8%
¹This 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), and to a lesser extent foreign-born children of French expatriates. Note that 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.
²An immigrant is a person born in a foreign country not having French citizenship at birth. Note that 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.

As of circa 1998 Ivry-sur-Seine and Vitry had a combined Asian population of 3,600. That year about 250 Asians from those communes worked in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, and the overall demographics of Ivry and Vitry Asians were similar to those in the 13th arrondissement.[1]


Vitry is divided into three canton (districts):

  • Vitry-sur-seine-Est counts 27 812 inhabitants
  • Vitry-sur-seine-Nord counts 24 986 inhabitants
  • Vitry-sur-seine-Ouest counts 26 110 inhabitants

(data dating from 1999)

Cités (Housing projects)

  • Cité Balzac
  • Cité Du Colonel Fabien
  • Lucien Français
  • Les Marronniers
  • La Sablière 200
  • La Commune de Paris
  • Mario Capra
  • Les Montagnards
  • Les Montagnes (La Vanoise, Pelvoux, Annapurna)
  • La Tourraine
  • Le Mail
  • Le Moulin Vert
  • Les Toits et Joie
  • Gabriel Peri
  • Cité Robespierre
  • Cité Barbusse
  • Le Square de l'Horloge
  • Cité Camille Groult
  • Les Malassis
  • Rouget de l'isle (Also named Cité Shaolin owing to the great number of Asians)
  • La Glacière
  • Cité Bourgogne
  • Cité Verte
  • Cité Bleu (Camille Blanc)
  • Cité des Combattants
  • Roger Derry
  • Rosenberg
  • Cité des Peupliers-Manouchians
  • La Semise
  • Couzy

International relations

Twin towns – Sister cities

Vitry-sur-Seine is twinned with:


See also


  • Mayors of Essonne Association (French)
  1. ^ Guillon, Michelle. "The Chinese and Chinese Districts in Paris" (Chapter 11). In: Sinn, Elizabeth (editor). The Last Half Century of Chinese Overseas. Hong Kong University Press, 1 January 1998. ISBN 9622094465, 9789622094468. CITED: p. 197.
  2. ^ "[via]"British towns twinned with French towns . Archant Community Media Ltd. Archived from the original on 5 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  3. ^ "Partnerská města Kladna" (in Czech). 1 December 2009. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Val-de-Marne's Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Paris-Sud Community (English)
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