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The town hall in Milly-la-Forêt
The town hall in Milly-la-Forêt
Coat of arms of Milly-la-Forêt
Coat of arms
Milly-la-Forêt is located in France
Coordinates: 48°24′18″N 2°28′04″E / 48.4050°N 2.4678°E / 48.4050; 2.4678Coordinates: 48°24′18″N 2°28′04″E / 48.4050°N 2.4678°E / 48.4050; 2.4678
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Essonne
Arrondissement Évry
Canton Milly-la-Forêt
Intercommunality Vallée de l'École
 • Mayor (2008–2014) François Orcel (PR)
Area1 33.80 km2 (13.05 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 4,839
 • Density 140/km2 (370/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 91405 / 91490
Elevation 60–135 m (197–443 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.

Milly-la-Forêt is a commune in the Essonne department in Île-de-France in northern France.


The Forest of Fontainebleau in the western end of which Milly-la-Forêt lies, is composed of the Oligocene Fontainebleau sands, which are a marine deposit, laid down in an intertidal zone.


Milly-la-Forêt is the probable birthplace of Wulfram of Sens, Saint Wulfram; in about 640.

The village[edit]

The market hall

Milly contains several facilities: such as the Collège Jean Rostand, the Conservatoire des Deux Vallées, a gymnasium and sports ground complex, a multimedia library, a swimming pool, a bus station, dealers in craft products and so on. There is a market every Thursday in the very impressive late medieval market hall, built in 1479.

The yearly calendar includes attic-clearing sales; at the opening of the summer holiday period, the town celebrates la Saint-Pierre, a fair is organised and there are several fairground rides and other attractions, as well as cultural stands for the sale of specialist food and craft products.



Chapelle Saint-Blaise-des-Simples
  • Christian Dior and Jean Cocteau have made their homes here. Cocteau died in 1963.
    Towards the end of the 1950s Jean Cocteau decorated the chapelle Saint-Blaise, which dates from the twelfth century. His theme was those medicinal and culinary herbs on which the renown of Milly rests. He is now buried in the chapel.

Twin towns[edit]

Milly-la-Forêt is twinned with the German town of Morsbach, situated in the valley of the Sieg to the east of Cologne and with Forest Row in East Sussex, England.


  • The French Wikipedia article
  • Dercourt, J. Géologie et Géodynamique de la France Outre-mer et Européenne 3rd edition (2002) ISBN 2-10-006459-2
  • Anon Carte géologique de la France à l'échelle du millionème 6th edition (2003) ISBN 2-7159-2158-6

External links[edit]

All these links are in French (except for the second link which offers English, Spanish, German and French).