The 2nd arrondissement of Paris (IIe arrondissement) is one of the 20 arrondissements of Paris (France) located on the right bank of the River Seine. It is governed locally together with the 1st, 3rd and 4th arrondissement, with which it forms the 1st sector of Paris.

The main buildings today are the former headquarters of the Stock Exchange and the National Library of France (BNF) — Richelieu / Louvois site.

With an area of 99 hectares, it is the smallest district of Paris.

Under the terms of article R2512-1 of the General Code of Local Authorities (regulatory part), it also bears the name “arrondissement de la Bourse”, but this name is rarely used in everyday life.

The law of February 28, 2017 on the status of Paris and metropolitan planning provides for the grouping of the councils and services of the four central districts after the municipal elections of 2020. This new entity takes the name of Paris Center.

Main sights

Palais Brongniart (former Stock Exchange)

Agence France-Presse, Place de la Bourse

Avenue de l’Opéra (partial)

Rue de la Paix


Paris Metro and RER (lines and stations)

(M) (3) (Opéra, Quatre-Septembre, Bourse, Sentier and Réaumur – Sébastopol).
(M) (4) (Strasbourg – Saint-Denis, Réaumur – Sébastopol and Étienne Marcel).
(M) (7) (Opera and Pyramids).
(M) (8) (Opéra, Richelieu – Drouot, Grands Boulevards, Bonne-Nouvelle and Strasbourg – Saint-Denis).
(M) (9) (Richelieu – Drouot, Grands Boulevards, Bonne-Nouvelle and Strasbourg – Saint-Denis).
(M) (14) (Pyramids).


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Main facts

Area 0.992 km2 (0.383 sq mi)
Population (January 2020) 21,130
Density 21,300/km2 (55,000/sq mi)

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20 arrondissements of Paris

Architecture of Paris

Museums of Paris

Entertainment in Paris

Bridges in Paris

Parks in Paris

Streets and squares in Paris

Shopping in Paris

Transport in Paris


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