Communes of France

France territorial subdivision for municipalities
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A commune is the lowest administrative division in France. It represents all parts of a town or a village under the same name, for example Paris, Bordeaux or Rennes. As of January 1, 2008, there were 36,781 communes in France; 36,569 of them are in metropolitan France and 212 of them are in overseas France.[1][2] This is much more than in any other European country. Every commune in France elects a mayor. The French word commune was first used in the 12th century[source?], from Medieval Latin communia, meaning a small gathering of people sharing a common life, from Latin communis, things held in common.[source?]

Communes of France
Also known as:
Kumun (Breton)
Comena (Franco-Provençal)
Comuna (Occitan)
Map of the 36,569 communes of metropolitan France
Found inDepartments
Number36,681 (List) (as of January 2015)
Populations0 (Several) - 2,175,601 (Paris)
GovernmentMunicipal Council


  1. (in French) INSEE, Government of France. "Code officiel géographique - Présentation". Retrieved 2008-06-27.
  2. (in French) INSEE, Government of France. "Code des collectivités d'outre-mer (COM)". Retrieved 2008-06-27.