12th Arrondissement, Paris

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The 12th arrondissement of Paris is one of the 20 arrondissements of the capital city of France.
Situated on the right bank of the River Seine, the district has been significantly reorganized in recent decades, especially in the areas of Cour Saint-Émilion and Bercy, which now contain the French Ministry of Finances and the Bercy arena.
The 12th arrondissement contains the Opéra de la Bastille, the second largest opera house in Paris. It was inaugurated in 1989, on the 200th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille. The Bois de Vincennes is also located in this arrondissement.
The land area of this arrondissement is 16.324 km2 (6.303 sq. miles, or 4,034 acres), two-thirds of which consists of the Bois de Vincennes park. Excluding the Bois de Vincennes, its land area is 6.377 km2 (2.462 sq. miles, or 1,576 acres).
The peak of population of Paris's 12th arrondissement occurred in 1962 and was followed by three decades of decline. Recently, however, the population has begun to grow again, since the restructuring of the 1990s. As of the last census, in 1999, the population was 136,591 inhabitants. The same census showed that the 12th arrondissement, heavily involved in business activity, contained 112,336 jobs, mainly around the new district of Bercy.
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  • For those adventurous, this outer area is worth exploring. Lots of people live here. The Parc Bercy is quite lovely and historic. I understand Rue Cremieux is now a lively center. Picpus Cemetery....  more »
  • Lots of trains in the 12th. You'll find the Gare D'Lyon and all the tracks leading away from it. And then the Pomenade Plantee, an elevated park built along the tracks of the old railroad from...  more »
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