Le Bourget

Coordinates: 48°56′07″N 2°25′32″E / 48.9353°N 2.4256°E / 48.9353; 2.4256
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Le Bourget
The town hall of Le Bourget
The town hall of Le Bourget
Coat of arms of Le Bourget
Location (in red) within Paris inner suburbs
Location (in red) within Paris inner suburbs
Location of Le Bourget
Le Bourget is located in France
Le Bourget
Le Bourget
Le Bourget is located in Île-de-France (region)
Le Bourget
Le Bourget
Coordinates: 48°56′07″N 2°25′32″E / 48.9353°N 2.4256°E / 48.9353; 2.4256
ArrondissementLe Raincy
CantonLa Courneuve
IntercommunalityGrand Paris
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Jean-Baptiste Borsali[1]
2.08 km2 (0.80 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2020)[2]
 • Density7,500/km2 (19,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
93013 /93350
Elevation38–48 m (125–157 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Le Bourget (French pronunciation: [lə buʁ'ʒɛ] ) is a commune in the northeastern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 10.6 km (6+916 mi) from the center of Paris.

The commune features Le Bourget Airport, which in turn hosts the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace (Air and Space Museum).[3] A very small part of Le Bourget Airport lies on the territory of the commune of Le Bourget, which nonetheless gave its name to the airport. Most of the airport lies on the territory of the communes of Dugny, Bonneuil-en-France, and Gonesse.[citation needed] The Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la Sécurité de l'Aviation Civile is also headquartered on the airport grounds and in Le Bourget proper.[4]



Le Bourget is served by Le Bourget rail station on Paris RER line B. There is also an extensive freight rail yard with international traffic to Belgium, among others. Progressively, Le Bourget is planned to one of the principal transportation hub in the Paris North suburb : The Tangentielle Nord is an express tramway planned to enter in service in 2014,[5] and two train stations are planned in the long term as part of the Grand Paris Express project with the future lines 16 and 17.


The town is served by two major Highways (Autoroutes), A1 autoroute in the north of the town, and A86 autoroute in the south of the city. Those two highways ensure a direct connection to major Paris Region hubs like La Defense (A86 West), Bobigny (A86 East), Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport (A1 North), Paris (A1 South).


Paris–Le Bourget Airport is the first business flights airport in Europe. It connects with 800 destinations in Europe.[6]

Pilots Nungesser and Coli and l'Oiseau blanc, postcard (1927)

On May 8, 1927, the White Bird (l'Oiseau blanc) took off from Le Bourget and its pilots, Charles Nungesser and François Coli, hoped to reach New York City without stopovers. The plane disappeared without a trace. It was finally Charles Lindbergh who made the first air crossing of the North Atlantic between New York and Paris on May 21, 1927. He was welcomed as the "victor" of the North Atlantic, posing on his Spirit of St. Louis. An enormous crowd also welcomed Edouard Daladier on September 29, 1938, after the signing of the Munich Agreement signed between Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Italy represented respectively by Adolf Hitler, Edouard Daladier, Neville Chamberlain and Benito Mussolini (who had acted as intermediary).


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1968 9,679—    
1975 10,534+1.22%
1982 11,021+0.65%
1990 11,699+0.75%
1999 12,110+0.38%
2007 12,961+0.85%
2012 15,139+3.16%
2017 16,594+1.85%
Source: INSEE[7]


The world-renowned Gagosian Gallery is located in Le Bourget airport area.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Le Bourget houses the Crèche intercommunale Maryse Bastié, an intercommunal daycare.[8]


Collège Didier Daurat


École maternelle Saint-Exupéry is the sole maternelle public nursery school in Le Bourget, while École primaire Louis Blériot is the sole élémentaire- only public school in Le Bourget. Two municipal schools, Groupe scolaire Jean Jaurès and Groupe scolaire Jean Mermoz, serve both the maternelle and élémentaire levels. Collège Didier Daurat is the sole municipal collège (junior high school). There is one public high school, Lycée Germaine Tillion (dubbed Lycée du Bourget). Institution Privée Sainte-Marie, serving the maternelle, élémentaire and collège levels, is the sole private school in Le Bourget.[9]


The 350-square-metre (3,800 sq ft) Le Bourget Public Library has 45,000 books and almost 100 magazines. It is located within the Urban Community of Le Bourget Airport (Communauté d'Agglomération de l'Aéroport du Bourget).[10]

The Le Point d'Interrogation media library, located in Le Bourget, a stone's throw from the Place du Marché and the Town Hall, was inaugurated in 2013 and welcomes the general public to 750 square meters on one level. It is aimed at all public and offers nearly 30,000 documents, including books, CDs, DVDs and magazine in a wide variety of genres. The library was named after the aircraft Le Point d'Interrogation (the Question Mark), piloted by French aviators Dieudonné Costes and Maurice Bellonte who performed the first westbound crossing of the North Atlantic, from Paris to New York City.[11]

Notable inhabitants[edit]

  • Germinal Pierre Dandelin (April 12, 1794 – February 15, 1847) was a mathematician, soldier, and professor of engineering.
  • Vizeadmiral Lothar von Arnauld de la Perière (March 18, 1886 – February 24, 1941), born in Posen (now Poznań, Poland) and of French-German descent, was a German U-boat commander during World War I.
  • Bernard Tapie (January 26,1943-October 3, 2021), lived at Le Bourget in the years 1950/1960 where he attended the Edgard-Quinet school (then renamed Didier-Daurat college). He lived with his parents and his younger brother Jean-Claude, at 11 Avenue Baudoin, in a very modest building that still exists.
  • Jean Couvreur (August 18, 1903-July 16, 2001) was a journalist and a founding member of the Prix Interallié literary awards.
  • Vincent Capo-Canellas (born 1967) is a French politician. He serves as a Senator for Seine-Saint-Denis.
  • Franck Silvestre (1967), former French soccer player, was trained at the Bourget football school from 1975 to 1983.

International alliances[edit]

Le Bourget has been twinned[12] with


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires" (in French). data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises. 13 September 2022.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2020". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2022.
  3. ^ "Address and Directions Archived 21 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine." Musée de l'Air. Retrieved on 9 September 2010.
  4. ^ "How to find us Archived 16 August 2003 at the Wayback Machine." Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la Sécurité de l'Aviation Civile. Retrieved on 2 June 2009.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". tangentiellenord.fr. Archived from the original on 6 November 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ http://www.plainedefrance.fr/le-centre-de-ressources/actualites/mipim-2014 Archived 1 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine Pole Metropolitain du Bourget MIPIM 2014 Presentation
  7. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE
  8. ^ "La Crèche Intercommunale." Le Bourget. Retrieved on 31 January 2012.
  9. ^ "Les Etablissements Scolaires." Le Bourget. Retrieved on 6 September 2016.
  10. ^ "La Bibliothèque Archived 25 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine." Le Bourget. Retrieved on 31 January 2012.
  11. ^ "Le Point D'Interrogation ?". mediatheques.drancydugnylebourget.fr (in French). Retrieved 31 January 2023.
  12. ^ "Jumelage". Le Bourget Town Hall (in French). Retrieved 31 January 2023.
  13. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110725195856/http://www.amityvillehistoricalsociety.org/Hist.Chronological.htm. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2009. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)

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