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Château de Maisons-Laffitte
Coat of arms of Maisons-Laffitte
Coat of arms
Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
Coordinates: 48°56′49″N 2°08′44″E / 48.9469°N 2.1456°E / 48.9469; 2.1456Coordinates: 48°56′49″N 2°08′44″E / 48.9469°N 2.1456°E / 48.9469; 2.1456
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Yvelines
Arrondissement Saint-Germain-en-Laye
Canton Sartrouville
Intercommunality CA Saint Germain Boucles Seine
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jacques Myard
Area1 6.75 km2 (2.61 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 23,014
 • Density 3,400/km2 (8,800/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 78358 /78600
Elevation 22–57 m (72–187 ft)
(avg. 38 m or 125 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.

Maisons-Laffitte is a commune in the Yvelines department in the Île-de-France region in north-central France. It is located in the northwestern suburbs of Paris 18.2 km (11.3 mi) from the center.

Maisons-Laffitte is famous for the Château de Maisons-Laffitte, built by architect François Mansart in the 17th century. Maisons-Laffitte is also known for its horse racing track, the Maisons-Laffitte Racecourse, which is why the town is known as the "cité du cheval" and is compared with Newmarket in the United Kingdom.


Originally called Maisons-sur-Seine (meaning "Houses upon Seine"), the commune was officially renamed Maisons-Laffitte in 1882 in honor of banker Jacques Laffitte who financed the housing developments on the estate of the Château de Maisons-Laffitte.

The Château de Maisons-Laffitte has a secret passage to what once used to be part of the Château de Maisons-Laffitte but which is now a school - Collège de l'Ermitage.


Maisons-Laffitte is served by Maisons-Laffitte station on Paris RER line A and on the Transilien Paris – Saint-Lazare suburban rail line.

Notable residents[edit]


Public schools:[1]

  • Six preschools/nurseries (maternelles): Bois-Bonnet, Clos-Lainé, Cocteau, Colbert, La Renarde, Montebello
  • Four elementary schools: Jehan Alain/André Ledreux, Colbert, Le Prieuré, Mansart
  • Junior high schools (collèges): Jean Cocteau and Le Prieuré
  • Senior high schools/sixth-form colleges: Lycée Évariste Galois (Sartrouville) and Lycée Les Pierres Vives (Carrières sur Seine)

Private schools:[1]

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