Part of Le Chesnay-Rocquencourt
Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
|4.24 km2 (1.64 sq mi)|
|• Density||6,700/km2 (17,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|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.|
Le Chesnay is a former commune in the Yvelines department in the Île-de-France region in north-central France. On 1 January 2019, it was merged into the new commune Le Chesnay-Rocquencourt. 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.
In April 2017, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened its first temple in Metropolitan France to the public prior to its dedication on May 21, 2017. The Paris France Temple is located in Le Chesnay with grounds abutting the gardens of the Château de Versailles. The Pape'ete Tahiti Temple was built earlier and is in Overseas France, in Pape'ete, Tahiti.
- Nicolas Godin (1969), member of music group Air
- Thomas Lombard (1975), rugby union player
- Nicolas Anelka (1979), "Le Sulk", footballer
- Kevin Staut (1980), equestrian
- Sébastien Rouault (1986), swimmer
Public elementary schools:
- Le Nôtre
Public secondary schools:
- Collège Charles Péguy - Junior high school
- Lycée Jean Moulin - Senior high school/sixth form college
There is also a municipal library, la Bibliothèque du Chesnay.
- "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
- Arrêté préfectoral 29 November 2018 (in French)
- "Les écoles publiques primaires." Le Chesnay. Retrieved on September 3, 2016.
- "L'enseignement secondaire public." Le Chesnay. Retrieved on September 3, 2016.
- "Les écoles de l'enseignement privé." Le Chesnay. Retrieved on September 3, 2016.
- Home. Bibliothèque du Chesnay (Le Chesnay Library). Retrieved on September 3, 2016.
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- Official website (in French)