Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois, Essonne

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Town Hall
Town Hall
Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
Coordinates: 48°38′13″N 2°20′25″E / 48.6369°N 2.3403°E / 48.6369; 2.3403Coordinates: 48°38′13″N 2°20′25″E / 48.6369°N 2.3403°E / 48.6369; 2.3403
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Essonne
Arrondissement Palaiseau
Canton Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois
Intercommunality Val d'Orge
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Olivier Leonhardt
 • Land1 9.27 km2 (3.58 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 34,725
 • Population2 density 3,700/km2 (9,700/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 91549 / 91700
Elevation 37–90 m (121–295 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.

Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois (often abbreviated to SGdB[citation needed]) is a commune in the southern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 23.5 km. (14.6 miles) from the center of Paris, in the arrondissement of Palaiseau, in the Essonne department, in the Île-de-France region.

Inhabitants of Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois are known as Génovéfains.


Attractions include the Donjon, a park with animals, a grotto, and an orthodox Russian Cemetery. Nearby, there is parkland which borders on the river Orge (a tributary of the Seine) and a campsite in neighbouring Villiers-sur-Orge. There is also a pedestrian route featuring most of the noteworthy places in Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois.

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In 1963 Carrefour opened its first hypermarket in Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois, at more than 2 500 square meters the largest in France at the time.[1] This store is still active.

Ilan Halimi, the young French Jew, who was kidnapped and tortured (leading to his eventual death) in 2006 by a group called the Gang of Barbarians, was found in Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois.[2]


Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois is one of the southern suburbs (banlieu) of Paris, France. It is located 23.5 km (14.6 mi) from the center of Paris and lies just north of junction 42 on the orbital Francilienne autoroute.


Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois has an eponymous railway station located on the Paris–Bordeaux railway which in part serves RER line C to Paris.

From the railway station a number of bus lines connect it to the region: lines CEAT (101, 102, 103, 104 and 105), Daniel Meyer (DM6A and DM17A)



Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois is twinned with Obertshausen in Germany.

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