Subprefectures (French: sous-préfectures) are the administrative towns of arrondissements in France that do not contain the prefecture for its department. Verdun (medieval Wirten official name before 1970 Verdun-sur-Meuse) is a city and commune Meuse (møːz is a department in northeast France, named after the Meuse River. Langon is a commune in the Gironde department in Aquitaine in southwestern France. Gironde (Gironda is a common name for the Gironde Estuary - sound where merge the mouths of the Garonne river and of the Dordogne river - and for French ( français,) is a Romance language spoken around the world by 118 million people as a native language and by about 180 to 260 million people The 100 French departments are divided into 342 arrondissements, which may be translated into English as districts. A prefecture ( préfecture) in France can refer to: the Chef-lieu de département, the town in which the administration of a ''département'' In the context of the political and geographic organization of France and many of its former colonies a department (département depaʁtǝmɑ̃ is an Administrative division Subprefecture is also the name given to the building which houses the administrative headquarters for the arrondissement.
The civil servant in charge of a subprefecture is the subprefect, assisted by a general secretary. See also Bureaucrat The term civil service has two distinct meanings Branch of governmental service in which individuals are hired on the basis The term General Secretary (alternatively First Secretary) denotes a leader of various unions parties churches or associations Between May 1982 and February 1988, subprefects were known instead by the title "commissaire adjoint de la République".
Where the administration of an arrondissement is carried out from a prefecture, the general secretary to the prefect carries out duties equivalent to those of the subprefect.
Paris is unique in that it has no subprefecture made up of only a single prefecture. Paris (ˈpærɨs in English; in French) is the Capital of France and the country's largest city The municipal arrondissements of Paris (as well as of Lyon and Marseille) are divisions of the city (or commune) rather than the prefecture, and so are not arrondissements in the same sense. The municipal arrondissement (arrondissement municipal pronounced /aʀɔ̃dismɑ̃ mynisipal/ is a subdivision of the commune, used in the three largest cities Paris The city of Paris is divided into twenty arrondissements municipaux, more simply referred to as arrondissements (əˈɹɒndɨsmənt in ||-||} Lyon, also known as Lyons in English is a city in east-central France. Marseille, ( English alt Marseilles mɑrˈseɪ — French: maʁsɛj locally — Provençal Occitan: Marselha maʀˈsijɔ The commune is the lowest level of administrative division in the French Republic.