A road in the centre of Fontenay-sous-Bois
Paris and inner ring departments
|Intercommunality||Paris-Est-Marne et Bois|
|• Mayor (2016–2020)||Jean-Philippe Gautrais|
|Area1||5.58 km2 (2.15 sq mi)|
|• Density||9,500/km2 (25,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||94033 / 94120|
|Elevation||44–111 m (144–364 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 commune was known alternatively as Fontenay-les-Bois (meaning "Fontenay by the woods"), Fontenay-sur-le-Bois (meaning "Fontenay over the wood"), or Fontenay-sous-Bois (meaning "Fontenay under wood"), but eventually in the early 19th century the latter name of Fontenay-sous-Bois became the only name. The wood referred to in the name of the commune is the Bois de Vincennes.
In 1929, the commune of Fontenay-sous-Bois lost more than a third of its territory when the city of Paris annexed the Bois de Vincennes, a large part of which belonged to Fontenay-sous-Bois.
The Rosettes fountain was lost during World War II. Years later, it was found by chance in a market in the South of France; the town of Fontenay-sous-Bois recovered it, and re-installed it in the place where it can be seen today.
- Claude Le Péron, bass guitarist
- Noe Pamarot, footballer
- Blaise Matuidi, footballer
- Georges Jouve, ceramist
- Jean-François Voguet, mayor from 2001 to 2014, ordered the expulsion of people living in a house belonging to the city. The mayor is now part of the few PCF mayors who practice the expulsion of squatters.
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