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Arrondissements of France

Summary
An arrondissement (aʁɔ̃dismɑ̃) is a level of administrative division in France generally corresponding to the territory overseen by a subprefect. , the 101 French departments were divided into 332 arrondissements (including 12 overseas). An additional arrondissement was established in 2022 in French Guiana, bringing the total to 333 with 13 overseas. The capital of an arrondissement is called a subprefecture. When an arrondissement contains the prefecture (capital) of the department, that prefecture is the capital of the arrondissement, acting both as a prefecture and as a subprefecture. Arrondissements are further divided into cantons and communes. The term arrondissement can be roughly translated into English as district. Role and administration The administration of an arrondissement is assigned to a subprefect (sous-préfet) who assists the departmental prefect (préfet). Unlike French regions, departments and communes, arrondissements do not have the status of legal e
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