Colombes

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For the commune in Isère department in south-eastern France, see Colombe.
This article is about the French commune named Colombes. For a definition of the word "colombes", see the Wiktionary entry colombes.
Colombes
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Coat of arms of Colombes
Coat of arms
Paris and inner ring départements
Paris and inner ring départements
Coordinates: 48°55′25″N 2°15′08″E / 48.9236°N 2.2522°E / 48.9236; 2.2522Coordinates: 48°55′25″N 2°15′08″E / 48.9236°N 2.2522°E / 48.9236; 2.2522
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Hauts-de-Seine
Arrondissement Nanterre
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Philippe Sarre
Area1 7.81 km2 (3.02 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 83,220
 • Density 11,000/km2 (28,000/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 92025 / 92700
Elevation 23–44 m (75–144 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.

Colombes (French pronunciation: ​[kɔ.lɔ̃b]) is a commune in the northwestern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 10.6 km (6.6 mi) from the centre of Paris.

Name[edit]

The name Colombes comes from Latin columna (Old French colombe), meaning "column". This is interpreted as referring either to a megalithic column used in ancient times by a druidic cult which stood in Colombes until its destruction during the French Revolution, or to the columns of an atrium in a ruined Gallo-Roman villa that also stood in Colombes.

History[edit]

On 13 March 1896, 17% of the territory of Colombes was detached and became the commune of Bois-Colombes (literally "Colombes Woods").

On 2 May 1910, 19% of the (reduced) territory of Colombes was detached and became the commune of La Garenne-Colombes.

Thus, the commune of Colombes is now only two-thirds the size of its territory before 1896.

Administration[edit]

The city is divided into three cantons:

Transport[edit]

Colombes is served by Four stations on the Transilien Paris – Saint-Lazare suburban rail line: Colombes, Le Stade, La Garenne-Colombes and Gare Les Vallées.

Personalities[edit]

Sport[edit]

The stadium was built in 1907. Officially named the Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, the Olympic Stadium of Colombes was the site of the opening ceremony and several events of the 1924 Summer Olympics. The arena's capacity was increased to 60,000 for the 1938 World Cup. The stadium lost its importance after the restoration in 1972 of Paris' 49,000-seat Parc des Princes. In the 1990s, three of the four grandstands were torn down due to decay and the stadium's capacity is now down to 7,000.

It is home to Racing Métro rugby club, currently playing in France's Top 14, and to RCF Paris football club, which plays in the fourth division. Both clubs play in the Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir. However, Racing Métro currently plans to leave Colombes in 2016, when it expects to move to a new stadium in Nanterre.

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