Le Chesnay

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Le Chesnay
Château Aubert
Château Aubert
Coat of arms of Le Chesnay
Coat of arms
Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
Coordinates: 48°49′16″N 2°07′52″E / 48.8211°N 2.1311°E / 48.8211; 2.1311Coordinates: 48°49′16″N 2°07′52″E / 48.8211°N 2.1311°E / 48.8211; 2.1311
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Yvelines
Arrondissement Versailles
Canton Le Chesnay
 • Mayor (2008 - 2014) Philippe Brillault (CNIP)
Area1 4.24 km2 (1.64 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 30,227
 • Density 7,100/km2 (18,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 78158 / 78150
Elevation 113–175 m (371–574 ft)
(avg. 145 m or 476 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.

Le Chesnay is a commune in the Yvelines department in the Île-de-France region in north-central France. It is located in the western suburbs of Paris, 16.7 km (10.4 mi) from the center of Paris.



On 1 July 1815, Napoleon's Grande Armée fought its last battle in Rocquencourt and Le Chesnay. After the defeat of Waterloo on 18 June 1815, Grouchy's army withdrew to Paris via Namur and Dinant, reaching Paris on 29 June, a few days before the Prussians, who camped at Versailles.

While negotiating the final armistice, Exelmans was ordered to attack the Prussians at Versailles on 1 July 1815. Under attack the Prussians retreated from Versailles and headed east, but were blocked by the French at Vélizy. They failed to re-enter Versailles and headed for Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Their first squadron came under fire at the entrance of Rocquencourt and attempted to escape through the fields. They were forced into a small, narrow street in Le Chesnay and killed or captured. However, the main body of the Prussian army succeeded in reaching Saint-Germain. (From Presentation of Rocquencourt)


Le Chesnay is served by no station of the Paris Métro, RER, or suburban rail network. The closest station to Le Chesnay is Versailles – Rive Droite station on the Transilien Paris – Saint-Lazare suburban rail line. This station is located in the neighboring city of Versailles, 2 km (1.2 mi) from the town center of Le Chesnay.



Public preschools:[1]

Public elementary schools:[1]

Public secondary schools:[2]

  • Collège Charles Péguy - Junior high school
  • Lycée Jean Moulin - Senior high school/sixth form college

The commune is also served by senior high schools/sixth form colleges in Versailles: Lycée La Bruyère (fr), Lycée Hoche, Lycée Marie Curie, Lycée Jules Ferry, and Lycée Jacques Prévert.[2]

There is one private school, Blanche de Castille, with a preschool and elementary school campus, and a junior high school and senior high school campus.[3]


There is also a municipal library, la Bibliothèque du Chesnay.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Les écoles publiques primaires." Le Chesnay. Retrieved on September 3, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "L'enseignement secondaire public." Le Chesnay. Retrieved on September 3, 2016.
  3. ^ "Les écoles de l'enseignement privé." Le Chesnay. Retrieved on September 3, 2016.
  4. ^ Home. Bibliothèque du Chesnay (Le Chesnay Library). Retrieved on September 3, 2016.

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