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

The town hall
Coat of arms
Paris and inner ring departments
Location of Vitry-sur-Seine
Paris and inner ring departments
Vitry-sur-Seine (Île-de-France (region))
Coordinates: 48°47′15″N 2°23′34″E
IntercommunalityGrand Paris
  Mayor (20202026) Pierre Bell-Lloch
11.67 km2 (4.51 sq mi)
  Density8,000/km2 (21,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
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.


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%
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), 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.

2 An 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.[2]


Vitry is divided into two cantons (districts):

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
  • La Glacière
  • Cité Bourgogne
  • Cité Verte
  • Cité Bleu (Camille Blanc)
  • Cité des Combattants
  • Roger Derry
  • Rosenberg
  • Cité des Peupliers-Manouchians
  • La Semise
  • Couzy


As of 2016 the commune has 23 preschools (maternelles),[3] and 21 elementary schools,[4] with a combined total of 9,000 students.[5]

  • Public junior high schools (collèges): Danielle-Casanova, Adolphe-Chérioux, Lakanal, Gustave-Monod, and Collège Jules-Valles[6]
    • In addition Collège Romain-Rolland in Ivry-sur-Seine serves a portion of Vitry-sur-Seine
  • Senior high schools: Lycée Adolphe-Chérioux, Lycée Camille-Claudel, and Lycée Jean-Macé[7]
    • Lycée Romain-Rolland is in adjacent Ivry-sur-Seine
  • Private junior-senior high school: Collège-lycée privé Epin[6]

Paris 12 Val de Marne University is the area university.[8]

International relations

Vitry-sur-Seine is twinned with: [9]


See also


  1. "Populations légales 2017". INSEE. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  2. 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.
  3. "Maternelles." Vitry-sur-Seine. Retrieved on September 7, 2016.
  4. "Élémentaires." Vitry-sur-Seine. Retrieved on September 7, 2016.
  5. "Ecoles." Vitry-sur-Seine. Retrieved on September 7, 2016.
  6. "Collèges." Vitry-sur-Seine. Retrieved on September 7, 2016.
  7. "Lycées." Vitry-sur-Seine. Retrieved on September 7, 2016.
  8. "Enseignement supérieur." Vitry-sur-Seine. Retrieved on September 7, 2016.
  9. web|url= towns twinned with French towns [via]|accessdate=2013-07-20|archivedate=5 July 2013|work=Archant Community Media Ltd}}
  10. "Partnerská města Kladna" (in Czech). 1 December 2009. Retrieved 7 April 2010.
  11. "French foreign-resistance fighter Arsene Tchakarian dies at 101". Deutsche Welle. 2018-08-05. Archived from the original on 2018-08-28. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
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