France City Hall, Paris (view from Pont d'Arcole)

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The Hôtel de Ville (French pronunciation: ​[otɛl də vil], City Hall) in Paris, France, is the building housing the city's local administration, standing on the place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville in the 4th arrondissement. The south wing was originally constructed by François I beginning in 1535 until 1551. The north wing was built by Henry IV and Louis XIII between 1605 and 1628.[1]It was burned by the Paris Commune, along with all the city archives that it contained, during the Commune's final days in May 1871.[2] The outside was rebuilt following the original design, but larger, between 1874 and 1882, while the inside was considerably modified.[3] It has been the headquarters of the municipality of Paris since 1357. It serves multiple functions, housing the local administration, the Mayor of Paris (since 1977), and also serves as a venue for large receptions.

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