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Inspired by l'Hôtel de Ville (the City Hall), Pari
The Hôtel de Ville (French for "City Hall") in Paris, France, is the building housing the City of Paris's administration. The place de l'Hôtel de Ville (formerly the place de Grève) in the city's IVe arrondissement, has been the location of the municipality of Paris since 1357. It serves several functions, housing the local administration, the Mayor of Paris – since 1977 –, and also being a venue for large receptions. The present Mayor of Paris is Bertrand Delanoë.
In July 1357, Étienne Marcel, provost of the merchants (mayor) of Paris, bought the so-called maison aux piliers ("House of Pillars") in the name of the municipality on the gently sloping shingle beach which served as a river port for unloading wheat and wood and later merged into a square, the Place de Grève (French for "Square of the Strand"), a place where Parisians often gathered, particularly for public executions. Since 1357, the City of Paris's administration has been located on the same location where the Hôtel de Ville stands today. Before 1357, the city administration was located in the so-called parloir aux bourgeois ("Parlour of Burgesses") near Place du Châtelet - known from La Colonne du Châtelet de 1808 and Theatre de la Ville.