|Paris and inner ring départements|
|Intercommunality||Clichy-sous-Bois – Montfermeil|
|Elevation||66–121 m (217–397 ft)
(avg. 98 m or 322 ft)
|Land area1||3.95 km2 (1.53 sq mi)|
|- Density||20,315 /km2 (52,620 /sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||93014/ 93390|
|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.|
Clichy-sous-Bois (French pronunciation: [kliʃi su bwa]; is a commune in the eastern suburbs of Paris, France. The vast majority of its population is made up of African heritage. It is in this city that the 2005 riots started. Clichy-sous-Bois is not served by any motorway or major road and no railway and therefore remains one of the most isolated of the inner suburbs of Paris.
The commune has an area of 3.95 km2 (1.53 sq mi) with 1.1 km2 (0.42 sq mi) of woods. The woods are remnants of the Bondy wood (Forêt Départementale de Bondy, Parc de la Fosse Maussoin, Parc de la Mairie).
The name of Clichy-sous-Bois comes from Roman Cleppius, seventh century Clippiacum superius, twelfth century Clichiacum.
Flint tools from the Neolithic have been found here. Clichy en Aulnois belonged to the lords of Livry in the early Middle Ages. Subject to the Knights Templar in the 13th century, Clichy subsequently passed into possession of the Knights Hospitaller order. Up to the 16th century, it was a hunting resort of the French kings. In the 18th century, it belonged to the Duc d'Orléans. In 1820, the village had about 150 inhabitants.
On 20 May 1869, a part of the territory of Clichy-sous-Bois was detached and merged with a part of the territory of Livry-Gargan and a small part of the territory of Gagny to create the commune of Le Raincy.
In 1870, Clichy was affected by the Franco-Prussian war.
The arms of Clichy-sous-Bois are blazoned :
Crime and civil unrest
This city has many dangerous neighborhoods.
Clichy-sous-Bois has a high unemployment rate compared to the rest of the country, about 20% and 40% of the people under 25 years old (source : INSEE). The incidence of violent crime in Seine-Saint-Denis is among the highest in France.
The suburban riots of October 2005 originated in Clichy-sous-Bois after the death of two young boys who had been escaping a police control. Then the riots spread to other communes of the department, and then to virtually every major urban area in France.
Clichy-sous-Bois is not served by any station of the Paris Métro, RER, or suburban rail network. The closest station to Clichy-sous-Bois is Le Raincy – Villemomble – Montfermeil station on Paris RER line E. This station is located in the neighboring commune of Le Raincy, 3.2 km (2.0 mi) from the town center of Clichy-sous-Bois. The only direct transport in and out of Clichy-sous-bois is by bus (for example the 601AB bus if you are coming from "Villemonble-Montfermeil-Le Raincy" station).
- Marcel and Albert Uderzo Uderzo, designers.
- Roberto Alagna, tenor.
- Moussa Cisse, four-time champion of France of taekwondo.
- Mamadou Samassa, footballer.
- Bomberman, rapper.
- Shone Holocost, rapper.
- Homdjyls, rapper.
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