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Arrondissements of the Yonne department

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There are 3 arrondissements in the Saône-et-Loire department.[1] The French departments, and in other countries, are divided into arrondissements, which may be translated into English as districts (in some cases, as boroughs). The capital of an arrondissement is called a subprefecture.

Arrondissements and cantons of Yonne.

If the prefecture (capital) of the department is in an arrondissement, that prefecture is the capital of the arrondissement, acting both as a prefecture and as a subprefecture.

The arrondissements are further divided into cantons and communes.

The arrondissements of the Yonne department are:

  1. Arrondissement of Auxerre, (prefecture of the department: Auxerre), with 22 cantons and 197 communes.
  2. Arrondissement of Avallon, (subprefecture: Avallon), with 10 cantons and 149 communes.
  3. Arrondissement of Sens, (subprefecture: Sens), with 10 cantons and 109 communes.


Since its creation, the Yonne department has had few changes:[2]

  • 1790 : seven districts: Auxerre, Sens, Joigny, Saint-Fargeau, Avallon, Tonnerre and Saint-Florentin; Auxerre was the capital.
  • 1800 : the seven districts were changed into five arrondissements: Auxerre, Avallon, Joigny, Sens and Tonnerre.
  • 1926 : the arrondissements of Joigny and Tonnerre were eliminated.


  1. "Liste des arrondissement du département de l'Yonne" (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  2. "Historique de l'Yonne" (in French). Le SPLAF. Retrieved 24 November 2014.

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