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Arrondissements of the Alpes-Maritimes department facts for kids

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There are 2 arrondissements in the Alpes-Maritimes department. The French departments, and in other countries, are divided into arrondissements, which may be translated into English as districts (in some cases, as boroughs). The capital of an arrondissement is called a subprefecture.

If the prefecture (capital) of the department is in an arrondissement, that prefecture is the capital of the arrondissement, acting both as a prefecture and as a subprefecture.

Arrondissements are further divided into communes.

The arrondissements of the Alpes-Maritimes are:

Arrondissements of the Alpes-Maritimes
INSEE
code
Arrondissement Capital Population
(2014)
Area
(km²)
Density
(Inh./km²)
Communes
061 Grasse Grasse 560,045 1,231.2 454.9 62
062 Nice Nice 523,267 3,067.4 170.6 101

History

Since its creation, the Alpes-Maritimes department has had some changes:

  • 1793 : creation of the department with three districts: Menton, Nice and Puget-Théniers; the capital was Nice.
  • 1794 : the district of Menton became the district of Fort-d'Hercule (Monaco).
  • 1800 : creation of three arrondissements: Nice, Monaco and Puget-Théniers.
  • 1805 : creation of the arrondissement of San-Remo; the arrondissement of Monaco is eliminated.
  • 1814 : the department became part of the Kingdom of Sardinia.
  • 1860 : the department is created again with the County of Nice and the arrondissement of Grasse that was part of the Var department. That year, the department was divided in three arrondissements: Nice, Grasse and Puget-Théniers.
  • 1926 : the arrondissement of Puget-Théniers was eliminated.

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