Location of Hauts-de-Seine in France
|Coordinates: 48°50′N 02°12′E / 48.833°N 2.200°ECoordinates: 48°50′N 02°12′E / 48.833°N 2.200°E|
|• President of the General Council||Patrick Devedjian (UMP)|
|• Total||176 km2 (68 sq mi)|
|• Density||9,000/km2 (23,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2|
Hauts-de-Seine (French: [o d(ə) sɛn]; literally "Seine Heights") is a department of France. It is part of the Métropole du Grand Paris and of the Île-de-France region, and covers the western inner suburbs of Paris. It is small and densely populated and contains the modern office, theatre, and shopping complex known as La Défense.
Hauts-de-Seine and two other small départements, Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-de-Marne, form a ring around Paris, known as the Petite Couronne (i.e. "little crown") and are together with the City of Paris included in the Greater Paris since January 1, 2016.
Hauts-de-Seine is made up of three departmental arrondissements and 36 communes:
The department of Hauts-de-Seine was created in 1968, from parts of the former départements of Seine and Seine-et-Oise. Its creation reflected the implementation of a law passed in 1964, and Nanterre had already been selected as the prefecture for the new department early in 1965.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, the Hauts-de-Seine received national attention as the result of a corruption scandal concerning the misuse of public funds provided for the department's housing projects. Implicated were former minister and former President of the general council of the Hauts-de-Seine, Charles Pasqua, and other personalities of the RPR party. (See corruption scandals in the Paris region.)
Hauts-de-Seine is France's second wealthiest département (behind Paris) and one of Europe's richest areas. Its GDP per capita was €62,374 in 2003, according to INSEE official figures.
Hauts-de-Seine is the political base of Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the Republic from 2007 to 2012. He was previously the mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine in the department.
Charles Pasqua was also based in Hauts-de-Seine.
Place of birth of residents
- Empress Joséphine's bedroom at the Château de Malmaison
- Paris seen from the Parc de Saint-Cloud
- (French) Website of the General council
- (French) Prefecture website