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There are 3 arrondissements in the Ariège 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 Ariège are:

INSEE
code
Arrondissement Capital Population
(2014)
Area
(km²)
Density
(Inh./km²)
Communes
091 Foix Foix 51,473 2,077.8 24.8 135
092 Pamiers Pamiers 73,702 1,315.0 56.0 115
093 Saint-Girons Saint-Girons 27,399 1,497.2 18.3 82

History

Since its creation, the Ariège department has had few changes:

  • 1790 : creation of the department with three districts: Mirepoix, Saint-Girons, Tarascon
  • 1800 : creation of the arrondissements: Foix, Pamiers, Saint-Girons
  • 1926 : the arrondissement of Pamiers is eliminated
  • 1942 : restoration of the arrondissement of Pamiers

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