Paris La Défense is the first and largest purpose-built business district in Europe, covering over 560 hectares. It is centrally located along the historical axis extending from the Champs Elysées, and benefits from an exceptional public transportation network. The modern incarnation of La Défense hatched in 1968, when a government decree gave EPAD (the district’s governing body at the time – now named EPADESA) new direction and means. Since then, the district has grown and matured through economic uncertainty and cultural changes to become one of the world’s landmark cultural and business district.
The district is home to a unique and diverse program of business and culture. Over 40% of the 500 companies that call Paris La Défense home are international, complementing the 125 restaurants, 600 local and international shops, hotel options, and cinemas. Additionally, an active events policy brings festivals, sport, public art, and exhibitions to the public spaces – creating a vibrant hub for life and work. One of these initiatives, Paris La Défense Art Collection, is an outdoor collection of 69 landmark pieces of art that are placed around the area for visitors to discover and enjoy, making it one of the largest open-air museums in the world.
The district is managed by Defacto – an organization that offers services and support to over 130 collaborators in Paris La Défense. Their goal is to make Paris La Défense an even more attractive, more user friendly, and more convenient neighborhood that offers its users an ever-expanding range of services. Some of the responsibilities that Defacto manage are the organization of events and activities, facilitation of access to the site, providing help and information to users, ensuring safety, and encouraging growth and dynamism for the public spaces as well as promoting the territory nationally and internationally.
MissionTo make La Défense an even more attractive, more user friendly, and more convenient neighborhood that offers its users an ever-expanding range of services.