The 13th arrondissement of Paris (also known as "arrondissement des Gobelins" (meaning district of tapestries)) is one of the 20 arrondissements (administrative districts) of the capital city of France.
Situated on the Left Bank of the River Seine, it is home to Paris's principal Asian community, the Quartier Asiatique, located in the southeast of the arrondissement in an area that contains many high-rise apartment buildings. The neighborhood features a high concentration of ethnic Chinese and Vietnamese businesses. The current mayor is Jérôme Coumet (Socialist), who was re-elected by the arrondissement council on 29 March 2008 after the list which he headed gained 70% of the votes cast in the second round of the French municipal elections, 2008.
The 13th arrondissement also hosts the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand and the newly built business district of Paris Rive Gauche.
13th arrondissement of Paris Wikipedia
The 13th arrondissement is still growing in population, mainly because of an influx of Asian immigrants. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, the first wave of Vietnamese refugees from the Vietnam War settled in the arrondissement, largely concentrated near Masséna Boulevard. Later waves of refugees and Asian immigrants transitioned from being exclusively ethnic Vietnamese to include ethnic Chinese from Vietnam, Laotians and Cambodians. These migrants largely settled in the southern area of the arrondissement, creating an Asian quarter and establishing a commercial district and community institutions. Teochew, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Lao and Khmer are spoken by many residents in the community.
At the last census in 1999, the population was 171,533. The 13th arrondissement is also rapidly growing in business activity, thanks to the new business district of Paris Rive Gauche. In 1999, the arrondissement contained 89,316 jobs, and it is believed to contain more today.
The head office of Accor, including the company's executive management, is in the Immeuble Odyssey in the 13th arrondissement. This facility is the company's registered office.
Ubisoft has its business office in the arrondissement.
Senior high schools:Lycée Rodin
Lycée professionnel Corvisart-Tolbiac
École nationale de chimie physique et biologie de Paris
Groupe scolaire Notre Dame de France
Groupe scolaire Saint Vincent de Paul
Lycée Le Rebours
Lycée Technique Privé de l'École Technique Supérieure du Laboratoire
The 13th arrondissement is home to engineering graduate schools, Arts et Métiers ParisTech and Télécom ParisTech. The teaching and learning center is settled at the number 151.Paris's main Asian district, the Quartier Asiatique, also locally called la Triangle de Choisy or la petite Asie ("Little Asia"), is located in the southeast of the arrondissement. The following can be found in this area:
Les Olympiades, Super-Italie and various other towers among the tallest in Paris
Tang Frères and Paristore Asian supermarkets and grocery stores.
Bibliothèque nationale de France
Art Ludique- Le Musée, first French Museum dedicated to the Art of Entertainment
University of Chicago Center in Paris
6 Villa des Gobelins - residence of Hồ Chí Minh from July 1919 to July 1921
Boulevard de la Zone
A newly dedicated public square named after the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat is under construction.