Fresnes, Val-de-Marne

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The church of Saint-Éloi, in Fresnes
The church of Saint-Éloi, in Fresnes
Coat of arms of Fresnes
Coat of arms
Paris and inner ring departments
Paris and inner ring departments
Coordinates: 48°45′18″N 2°19′20″E / 48.755°N 2.3221°E / 48.755; 2.3221Coordinates: 48°45′18″N 2°19′20″E / 48.755°N 2.3221°E / 48.755; 2.3221
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Val-de-Marne
Arrondissement L'Haÿ-les-Roses
Canton Fresnes
Intercommunality Val de Bièvre
 • Mayor Jean-Jacques Bridey
Area1 3.58 km2 (1.38 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 25,312
 • Density 7,100/km2 (18,000/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 94034 / 94260
Elevation 45–89 m (148–292 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.

Fresnes is a commune in the Val-de-Marne department in the southern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 11.2 km (7.0 mi) from the center of Paris.

The Fresnes Prison is located there.


The name Fresnes was recorded for the first time in a papal bull of 1152 as Fraxinum. This name comes from Medieval Latin fraxinus (modern French: frêne), meaning "ash tree", after the ash trees covering the territory of Fresnes in ancient times.


Fresnes is served by no station of the Paris Métro, RER, or suburban rail network. The closest station to Fresnes is Antony station on Paris RER line B. This station is located in the neighboring commune of Antony, 1.6 km (0.99 mi) from the town center of Fresnes.

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