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The Parc de Bagatelle between Auteuil and Neuilly-sur-Seine

Neuilly-Auteuil-Passy, sometimes also referred to just as Passy-Auteuil, refers to an area covering the westernmost part of the city of Paris and a neighbouring suburban community. This area is commonly known as one of the richest in Paris, with calm, select and very expensive neighbourhoods.[1]

Neuilly-Auteuil-Passy is sometimes abbreviated as NAP. Auteuil (pronounced [o.tœj]) and Passy are part of the 16th arrondissement of Paris, while Neuilly-sur-Seine is a suburb located immediately to their west. The three communities border the Bois de Boulogne park.

The area has been described as "the wealthiest, the most cocksure and, in many ways, the most irritating part of the city."[2]


Benjamin Franklin lived in Passy from 1777 to 1785. When he left, Thomas Jefferson said, "When he left Passy, it seemed as if the village had lost its patriarch."[1]

Honoré de Balzac lived in Passy for over six years.[1]

Passy is home to the Musée Marmottan Monet, housed in the Château de la Muette, and the Jardin du Ranelagh park. It is served by the Ranelagh metro station.

Many embassies are based in Passy.


The borough of Auteuil was the birthplace of Marcel Proust and of Charles Baudelaire.[1][3] It was also the home of Victor Hugo and Molière.[4]

Auteuil was incorporated into the city of Paris in 1859–60 by the Law of 16 June 1859. At that time, it was designated as the 13th arrondissement but "The rich and powerful moving in did not like the number. They pulled strings and became the 16th, the unlucky association and postmark being transferred to the blameless but less influential folks around Porte d'Italie."[2]

A hamlet built between the thirteenth and seventeenth centuries, it became a fashionable country retreat for French elites during the reign of Louis XV.

Thérèse Anaïs Rigo, better known by her pseudonym Anaïs de Bassanville, a journalist, was born in 1802 in Auteuil and died there in 1884.

Auteuil is home to the prépa PTSI-PT* Jean-Baptiste-Say which prepares pupils for the École Polytechnique.

Cultural references[edit]

In 1991, the satiric group Les Inconnus made a song called "Auteuil, Neuilly, Passy (rap BCBG)".

The Count of Monte Cristo, a fictional character from the book of the same name by Alexandre Dumas, bought his country residence in Auteuil.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "The Discreet Charm of Passy-Auteuil". New York Times.
  2. ^ a b "For Parisians, It's Sweet in the Sixteenth". New York Times.
  3. ^ "Biography". Proust-Ink.
  4. ^ "A Tranquil Village in the City". Bonjour Paris.