Le Mée-sur-Seine

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Le Mée-sur-Seine
Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
Coordinates: 48°32′00″N 2°37′44″E / 48.5333°N 2.6289°E / 48.5333; 2.6289Coordinates: 48°32′00″N 2°37′44″E / 48.5333°N 2.6289°E / 48.5333; 2.6289
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Seine-et-Marne
Arrondissement Melun
Canton Le Mée-sur-Seine
Intercommunality Melun-Val de Seine
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Franck Vernin
Area1 5.34 km2 (2.06 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 20,830
 • Density 3,900/km2 (10,000/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 77285 / 77350
Elevation 37–80 m (121–262 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.

Le Mée-sur-Seine is a commune in the Seine-et-Marne department in the Île-de-France region in north-central France. It is located in the south-eastern suburbs of Paris 41.1 km (25.5 mi) from the center.

Geography[edit]

The town is located on the ride side of the Seine on a limestone plateau.

History[edit]

  • B.C. : the Sénons (Gaul tribe) may have lived here.
  • 13th century : Le Mée-sur-Seine is mentioned for the first time by "Mas" in 1253. A "Mas" is an old French term for farm.
  • 15th century : castle of "Marchémarais"
  • September, 30th, 1833 : birth of Henri Chapu, a famous sculptor.
  • 1889 : construction of the "Eglise Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité".
  • 1845 : first railway.
  • 1938 : Originally called simply "Le Mée", the name of the commune became officially "Le Mée-sur-Seine" (meaning "Le Mée upon Seine")
  • 1944 : Release of the town by the allied troops who crossed over the Seine using a float-bridge (the only bridge had been destroyed by the Germans).
  • 1970-1971 : construction of the main road to Melun (« la pénétrante »).
  • 1979 : opening of the new rail station.

The town grew quickly after the World War II and it is now divided in four districts: Le Mée Village, Plein Ciel, Croix Blanche, Les Courtilleraies.

Demographics[edit]

Inhabitants are called Méens.

Education[edit]

There are 11 infant schools, 8 garde schools, 2 secondary schools and 1 high school.

Culture[edit]

  • "Le Mas": library and auditorium.[1]
  • "Espace Cordier": Youth House for Culture.

Religions[edit]

  • "Eglise Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité" ("Village" District), built from 1889 to 1893, is on the location of the previous church (built in 1771).
  • chapel "Sainte-Croix" ("Croix-Blanche" District)

Economy[edit]

Business Number of firms
(June 2003)[2]
Industry 26
Agriculture 2
Trade 104
Construction 48
Transports 12
Services to firms 85
Services to particular 77
Other 195
TOTAL 549
  • Unemployment rate (1999) : 12,8%
  • Private income (2004) : €15,136/ y

Transport[edit]

Le Mée-sur-Seine is served by Le Mée station on Paris RER line (D), approximately 45 minutes from the centre of Paris. Local bus network: Bus TRAM: lines B, F, J, J1, M.[3]

People[edit]

  • Grégoire Ghyka (see Grigore Alexandru Ghica (English)) (1807–1857), prince of Moldavia (1849–1853 and 1854–1856) lived in "Le Mée" where he committed suicide in August, 24th, 1857. His wife and 5 other relatives are interred close to him in a memorial in the cemetery of the town. Close to this memorial, 4 other members of the Ghyka family repose in peace (whom Nicolas Jean Ghika (1849–1873), killed during a duel in the Fontainebleau).[5]
  • Henri Chapu, famous sculptor, was born in "Le Mée" in September, 30th, 1833. He has been interred in April, 24th, 1891.[6]
  • Firmin-Girard (1838–1921), painter. He has been interred close to Henri Chapu.[7]
  • Karl Lagerfeld (1933-), designer, owned a big house in the "Village" District.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://mediathequelemas.over-blog.com/
  2. ^ Source SIRENE juin 2003 - Traitement Seine & Marne Développement
  3. ^ http://www.agglo-melunvaldeseine.fr/web/39.htm
  4. ^ a b c d Michel Dauvergne et François Lethève, Le Mée-sur-Seine et son histoire, Ville du Mée-sur-Seine, 1994, p. 101
  5. ^ Michel Dauvergne et François Lethève, Le Mée-sur-Seine et son histoire, Ville du Mée-sur-Seine, 1994, p. 147-150 ; Les tombes de la famille Ghyka au cimetière du Mée-sur-Seine
  6. ^ Michel Dauvergne et François Lethève, Le Mée-sur-Seine et son histoire, Ville du Mée-sur-Seine, 1994, p. 185-219
  7. ^ Michel Dauvergne et François Lethève, Le Mée-sur-Seine et son histoire, Ville du Mée-sur-Seine, 1994, p. 183-184
  8. ^ Michel Dauvergne et François Lethève, Le Mée-sur-Seine et son histoire, Ville du Mée-sur-Seine, 1994, p. 162-163 et 207
  9. ^ Michel Dauvergne et François Lethève, Le Mée-sur-Seine et son histoire, Ville du Mée-sur-Seine, 1994, p. 220-221

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