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For the town in Cantal, see Arpajon-sur-Cère.
The city hall
The city hall
Coat of arms of Arpajon
Coat of arms
Arpajon is located in France
Coordinates: 48°35′24″N 2°14′51″E / 48.59010°N 2.2476°E / 48.59010; 2.2476Coordinates: 48°35′24″N 2°14′51″E / 48.59010°N 2.2476°E / 48.59010; 2.2476
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Essonne
Arrondissement Palaiseau
Canton Arpajon
Intercommunality Arpajon
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Pascal Fournier
 • Land1 2.40 km2 (0.93 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 10,057
 • Population2 density 4,200/km2 (11,000/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 91021 / 91290
Elevation 47–89 m (154–292 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Arpajon is a commune in the Essonne department in Île-de-France in northern France.

Seat of a canton, the commune is located 30 km (19 mi) south of Paris, accessible by the N20, and 20 km (12 mi) north of Étampes. Its inhabitants are known as Arpajonnais.

Monuments and landmarks[edit]

  • Covered market of 15th century.
  • A market takes place each Friday since 13th century.
  • The Saint-Clément Church (11th century and 15th centuries). In 1782, Benjamin Franklin installed the lightning conductor there.
  • Arpajon shelters also cinematographic studios in which many films or television broadcasts are shot.
  • Until 1720, the city was called Châtres. It took its current name following the acquisition of the commune by Louis de Sévérac, Marquis of Arpajon (father of Anne d'Arpajon, comtesse de Noailles). Between 1793 and 1801, during the French Revolution, it bore the name of Franc-val.


In the third weekend of September the Foire aux haricots (The Bean Festival) takes place in Arpajon, a trade event and artisanal which lasts four days. The bean celebrated here is the chevrier.


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