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City hall
City hall
Coat of arms of Brétigny-sur-Orge
Coat of arms
Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
Coordinates: 48°36′41″N 2°18′21″E / 48.6114°N 2.3059°E / 48.6114; 2.3059Coordinates: 48°36′41″N 2°18′21″E / 48.6114°N 2.3059°E / 48.6114; 2.3059
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Essonne
Arrondissement Palaiseau
Canton Brétigny-sur-Orge
Intercommunality CA Cœur d'Essonne
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Bernard Decaux (PS)
Area1 14.56 km2 (5.62 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 23,165
 • Density 1,600/km2 (4,100/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 91103 /91220
Elevation 41–97 m (135–318 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.

Brétigny-sur-Orge (pronounced [bʁe.ti.ɲi.syʁ.ɔʁʒ]) is a commune in the southern suburbs of Paris, France, 26.7 km (16.6 mi) from the city center.

Origin of the city name[edit]

Britiniacum in 1146, Bretigniacum en 1548, Breteigny.

Origins of Brétigny starts at the Gaul Roman era. The etymology comes from the Latin « britiniacum » which means «property of the breton ». The name certifies that this territory was during that period dedicated to a Breton, coming from the Brittany island (the Great Britain of today), during the Brittany migration period (6th century). Brétigny belongs to the royal estate of the Merovingian kings (from the 5th century until the 8th century). During the commune creation, the city name was spelled without any accent. This accent was added in 1801 and the name of the river ("on Orge") was added in 1898.


It is served by Brétigny station on Paris RER line C.

On 12 July 2013 an intercity train derailed shortly after 17.00, killing at least 6 people.[1][2]


Inhabitants of Brétigny-sur-Orge are known as Brétignolais.

Notable Brétignolais include:


  1. ^ > Par Frédéric Frangeul avec AFP <!. "Un train déraille à Brétigny-sur-Orge". Retrieved 2013-07-14.
  2. ^ "Deadly French train crash at Bretigny-sur-Orge". BBC News. BBC News. 2013-07-12. Retrieved 12 July 2013.

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