The 8th Arrondissement of Paris is one of the 20 arrondissements (administrative districts) of the capital city of France.
Situated on the right bank of the River Seine and centred on the Champs-Élysées, the 8th is, together with the 1st, 9th, 16th and 17th arrondissement, one of Paris's main business districts. According to the 1999 census, it was the place of employment of more people than any other single arrondissement of the capital. It is also the location of many places of interest, among them the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde, as well as the Élysée Palace, official residence of the President of France.
The Avenue des Champs-Elysées is part of the city's great perspective that begins at the Louvre and ends at the Grande Arche de la Défense. Begun by Le Nôtre during the reign of Louis XIV, it runs in a straight line through the most beautiful parts of Paris, linking a huge royal palace and Place de la Concorde to a "huge mass of stone sitting on a huge mass of glory… ", l’Arc de Triomphe. Under the Second Empire this tree-lined, unplanned artery was transformed into a triumphal way to reflect the ambitions of Baron Haussmann for the capital. It then became a model for near-perfect urban development, often imitated but never equalled. It is a place that is intimately linked to the nation's history and a window onto the 21st century with its prolongation, Avenue de la Grande-Armée, it links the heart of Paris to the Défense, the first centre for European business that is undergoing total renovation.