Associated communes Municipal arrondissements Map of the 36,568 communes of metropolitan France. ... The municipal arrondissement (French: arrondissement municipal, pronounced ), more simply referred to as arrondissement, is a level of administrative division in France lower than the commune. ...
In France, associated communes (French: communes associées) were created by the Commune Merger Act of July 16, 1971 (also called the Marcellin Act). It permits the formerly independent communes to maintain certain institutions, such as
a delegate mayor, a registrar, a criminal investigation officer
a mayor's office
a community center
On January 1, 2006, there were 730 communes associées in France. Most of those were created within four years after passing the Marcellin Act. A mayor (from the Latin mÄior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ...
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