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Ivry-sur-Seine is a commune in the Val-de-Marne department in the southeastern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located from the center of Paris.

Paris's Chinatown, located in the 13th arrondissment the city which borders the commune of Ivry, has now spread to the northern parts of Ivry. Many overseas Chinese companies and Asian food warehouses are located in Ivry.

Politically, Ivry-sur-Seine has historically been a highly supportive pocket for the French Communist Party (PCF). Since 1925, only three individuals have held the office of mayor, Georges Marrane, Jacques Laloƫ, and Pierre Gosnat, all of which have been Communist Party members.


Originally, Ivry-sur-Seine was called simply Ivry. The name Ivry comes from Medieval Latin Ivriacum or Ibriacum, perhaps meaning "estate of Eburius (the Latinized form of the Gallic patronym Eburos)", a Gallo-Roman landowner.

In 1897 the name of the commune officially became Ivry-sur-Seine (meaning "Ivry upon Seine"), in order to distinguish it from other communes of France also called Ivry.


On 1 January 1860, the city of Paris was enlarged by annexing neighboring communes. On that occasion, about a third of the commune of Ivry-sur-Seine was annexed to Paris, and now forms the Chinatown area of the 13th arrondissement of Paris.

Ivry-sur-Seine is perhaps most famous as the place of execution of Jean-Marie Bastien-Thiry in March 1963. Richard Ellman also notes that James Joyce's daughter, Lucia, received...
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