There are 20 Apple Stores in all of France. First, let’s start with some administrative stuff. Correct me if I am wrong.
France is divided into 18 Regions (13 are in Europe and 5 are elsewhere). The Regions are divided into Departments. Departments are numbered, each of them is given a number, alphabetically, meaning that they are arranged based on the first letter of the department’s name. So, departments with A as the first letter get the lowest numbers. Then again, some of their names change over time and the numbers do not.
Hence, adjacent numbers do not necessarily mean that the departments are in the same region. Below Departments, there are Arrondissements, Cantons, and Communes. Among them all, we are just going to talk about Region, Department, and Commune here. Cities usually are communes with more than 20,000 inhabitants.
A few more things to note: Prefectures are the capitals, where the administration of a department or a region is located. Subprefectures are like the second-capitals of a department or a region.
Store number 1 is in Aix-en-Provence. It is a city in southern France, about 30 km north of Marseille. This commune is the subprefecture of Bouches-du-Rhône Department, which is located in the Region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur or Région Sud. This region’s economy is the third-largest in France, while the department is the most populous in this region. The commune is part of the Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis.
Store number 2 is at Sainte-Catherine in Bordeaux. Rue Sainte-Catherine is the main shopping street in Bordeaux. The commune is the prefecture of the Gironde Department and also of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region, which is the largest region in France by area. The commune is part of Bordeaux Métropole.
Store number 3 is at La Toison d’Or in Dijon. The commune is the prefecture of Côte-d’Or Department and also of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Region (together with Besançon). It is part of Dijon Métropole.
Store number 4 is at Parly 2 in Le Chesnay. Actually, since 1 January 2019, Le Chesnay and another commune had merged to become a new commune called Le Chesnay-Rocquencourt. The commune (southwest of Paris) is located in Yvelines Department whose Prefecture is Versailles (west of Paris) and in Île-de-France or Paris Region.
Store number 5 is at Carré Sénart in Lieusaint. Still in Île-de-France or Paris Region, this commune (southeast of Paris) is in Seine-et-Marne Department (east of Paris).
Store number 6 is in Lille. The commune is the prefecture of both the Nord Department and Hauts-de-France Region. The region itself is the third most populous region and the second most densely populated in metropolitan France and It is part of Métropole européenne de Lille (the fourth-largest urban area in France).
Store number 7 is at Confluence in Lyon. The commune is the third-largest and have the second-largest urban area in France. It is about 470 km south of Paris and around 320 km north of Marseille. Lyon is the prefecture of both Lyon Metropolis (which has jurisdiction as both a department and a métropole) and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region. The region is the third-largest by area in metropolitan France and the second-biggest by number of population.
Store number 8 is also in Lyon. This store is located at Part-Dieu. La Part-Dieu is one of the biggest shopping malls in Europe, located in Lyon-Part-Dieu CBD. Lyon is the headquarter of Interpol and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Store number 9 is at Val d’Europe in Marne-la-Vallee. Val d’Europe is a shopping mall located 30 minutes to the east of Paris and 5 minutes from Disneyland Paris. Marne-la-Vallee is a new town where Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios Park are located too.
Store number 10 is in Marseille at a shopping mall called Les Terrasses du Port. It is the second-largest city in France. It is the prefecture of both the department of Bouches-du-Rhône and region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur or Région Sud. It is also part of Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis.
Store number 11 is at Odysseum in Montpellier. It is part of Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole. The commune is the prefecture of Hérault Department, which is located in Occitanie Region.
Store number 12 is at CAP 3000 in Nice. Actually, the shopping mall is not located in Nice per se, but is located in Saint-Laurent-du-Var (another commune). This commune is the second-largest suburb of Nice. Both communes are in Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur. They are also situated in the same Department (Alpes-Maritimes, of which Nice is the prefecture) and Region (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur).
More about Nice, it is the seventh-most populous urban area in France. Nice is the second-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast and the second-largest city in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region after Marseille. Nice is about 13 km from Monaco and 30 km from the French-Italian border. Its airport is the third busiest in France, behind two Parisian ones.
Store number 13 is at Champs-Élysées in Paris. It is the capital city and the most populous city of France. It is a commune and a department in itself. It is the prefecture of Île-de-France, or Paris Region. Champs-Élysées itself is an avenue in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. Arc de Triomphe is on one end of this avenue. Élysée Palace, the official residence of the French President is located in this arrondissement.
Store number 14 is still in Paris. It is at Marché Saint-Germain. It is located in the 6th arrondissement. It is also called Luxembourg. It is the seat of the French Senate.
Store number 15 is in Paris as well. It is at Opéra. It is in the 9th arrondissement. The arrondissement itself is called Opéra. Groupe Danone, BNP Paribas, Gameloft, and Google Paris has offices here.
Store number 16 is at Les Quatre Temps in Puteaux – la Defense. Puteaux itself is a commune in the western suburbs of Paris, about 8.7 km from the center of Paris. Hence, the commune is not part of the Paris Department, but still in Île-de-France, or Paris Region and in Métropole du Grand Paris. Puteaux is situated in Hauts-de-Seine Department.
La Défense is Europe’s largest purpose-built business district. It spreads over four communes, two-thirds are in Puteaux.
Store number 17 is at Rosny 2 in Rosny-Sous-Bois. It is a commune in the eastern suburbs of Paris. It is about 10.1 km from the center of Paris. The commune is part of Métropole du Grand Paris and Île-de-France or Paris Region, but not part of Paris Department. It is part of Seine-Saint-Denis Department.
Store number 18 is at Atlantis in Saint Herblain. It is a commune in Loire-Atlantique Department and Pays de la Loire Region. It is the largest suburb of the city of Nantes. Hence, it is part of the Nantes Metropolis.
Store number 19 is in Strasbourg. More precisely it is at L’Aubette at Place Kléber (the largest square at the center of the city of Strasbourg in the heart of the city’s commercial area). The square is a World Heritage Site. L’Aubette is a historical building built in 1765-1772.
Store number 20 is at Vélizy 2 in Velizy-Villacoublay. The shopping center is the biggest in Île-de-France or Paris Region. The commune is in Yvelines Department and part of Communauté d’agglomération Versailles Grand Parc. It is around 13.9 km to the southwest from the center of Paris and 3.2 km to the east from Versailles (the prefecture of the Yvelines Department).