The town hall of Colombes
Paris and inner ring départements
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Philippe Sarre|
|Area1||7.81 km2 (3.02 sq mi)|
|• Density||11,000/km2 (28,000/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||92025 / 92700|
|Elevation||23–44 m (75–144 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.
The name Colombes comes from Latin columna (Old French colombe), meaning "column". This is interpreted as referring either to a megalithic column used in ancient times by a druidic cult which stood in Colombes until its destruction during the French Revolution, or to the columns of an atrium in a ruined Gallo-Roman villa that also stood in Colombes.
On 13 March 1896, 17% of the territory of Colombes was detached and became the commune of Bois-Colombes (literally "Colombes Woods").
On 2 May 1910, 19% of the (reduced) territory of Colombes was detached and became the commune of La Garenne-Colombes.
Thus, the commune of Colombes is now only two-thirds the size of its territory before 1896.
The city is divided into three cantons:
- Colombes-Nord-Est (northeast): 24,425 (31.82% of the total population)
- Colombes-Nord-Ouest (northwest): 24,606 (32.06% of the total population)
- Colombes-Sud (south): 27,726 (36.12% of the total population)
- Jordan Aboudou, basketball player
- Lens Aboudou, basketball player
- Kelly Berville, footballer
- Zoumana Camara, footballer
- Mathieu Cossou, karateka
- Eliaquim Mangala, footballer
- Samuel Nadeau, basketball player
- Steven N'Zonzi, footballer
- Kevin Thalien, basketball player
- Elodie Thomis, footballer
- Axel Tony, singer
- Jonathan Toto, footballer
- Eddy Viator, footballer
- Rama Yade, politician, moved into a council flat in Colombes with her mother and three sisters at the age of fourteen.
- pierpoljak, reggae singer
The stadium was built in 1907. Officially named the Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, the Olympic Stadium of Colombes was the site of the opening ceremony and several events of the 1924 Summer Olympics. The arena's capacity was increased to 60,000 for the 1938 World Cup. The stadium lost its importance after the restoration in 1972 of Paris' 49,000-seat Parc des Princes. In the 1990s, three of the four grandstands were torn down due to decay and the stadium's capacity was down to 7,000; later renovations have brought the current capacity to 14,000.
It is home to the Racing 92 rugby club, currently playing in France's Top 14, and to RCF Paris football club, which plays in the fourth division. Both clubs play in the Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir. However, Racing 92 currently plans to leave Colombes in 2016, when it expects to move to a new stadium in Nanterre.
- Rama Yade: The political star who's eclipsing Sarko, The Independent, 14 April 2009
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Colombes.|
- Official website
- (French) Colombes in postal card (Colombes philatelic society)
- (French) History of the Olympic Stadium
- Article: Chariots of Fire stadium reprieved