Issy-les-Moulineaux is a commune
Communes of France
The commune is the lowest level of administrative division in the French Republic. French communes are roughly equivalent to incorporated municipalities or villages in the United States or Gemeinden in Germany...

 in the southwestern suburban area of Paris
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, France
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. It is located 6.6 km (4.1 mi) from the centre of Paris
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. On 1 January 2003, Issy-les-Moulineaux became part of the Communauté d'agglomération Arc de Seine along with the other communes of Chaville
Chaville is a commune in the southwestern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located from the center of Paris.-Nearest communes:*Meudon*Sèvres*Vélizy-Villacoublay*Viroflay*Ville-d'Avray....

, Meudon
Meudon is a municipality in the southwestern suburbs of Paris, France. It is in the département of Hauts-de-Seine. It is located from the center of Paris.-Geography:...

, Vanves
Vanves is a commune in the southwestern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located from the center of Paris. It is one of the most densely populated municipalities in Europe and the tenth in France -History:...

 and Ville-d'Avray
Ville-d'Avray is a commune in the western suburbs of Paris, France. It is located from the center of Paris. The commune is served by the Boulogne-Billancourt prefecture, of the Hauts-de-Seine department.-Transport:...

. It is one of the most densely populated municipalities in Europe
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Issy-les-Moulineaux has successfully moved its economy from an old manufacturing base to high value-added service sectors and is now located at the heart of the Val de Seine
Val de Seine
The Val de Seine is one of the more important business districts of the Paris agglomeration. Located southwest of the city, it spreads along a bend of the Seine, mainly in the municipalities...

 business district
Central business district
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, the largest cluster of telecommunication and media businesses in France hosting the headquarters of most major French TV networks.


Originally, Issy-les-Moulineaux was simply called Issy. The name Issy comes from Medieval Latin
Medieval Latin
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 Issiacum or Isciacum, perhaps meaning "estate of Isicius (or Iccius)", a Gallo-Roman landowner, although some think the name comes from a Celtic
Celtic languages
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 radical meaning "under the wood".

In 1893 Issy officially became Issy-les-Moulineaux. Les Moulineaux was the name of a hamlet on the territory of the commune, apparently named Les Moulineaux due to the windmills that stood there in ancient times.

The town was once the location of the Château d'Issy
Château d'Issy
The Château d'Issy, at Issy-les-Moulineaux, in the Hauts-de-Seine department of France, was a small French Baroque château on the outskirts of Paris...

, home of the Princes of Conti.


On 1 January 1860, the city of Paris was enlarged by annexing neighboring communes. On that occasion, about a third of the commune of Issy-les-Moulineaux was annexed to Paris, and forms now the neighborhood of Javel
Javel may refer to:* Javel – André Citroën * Gare de Javel...

, in the 15th arrondissement
XVe arrondissement
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 of Paris.

It hosted the trap
Trap shooting
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Shooting at the 1924 Summer Olympics
At the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, ten events in shooting were contested. These would be the last Games in which team events were part of the Olympic shooting program...

 events for the 1924 Summer Olympics
1924 Summer Olympics
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The firm of Appareils d'Aviation Les Freres Voisin, the world's first commercial airplane factory (1908) which was initially located in Boulogne-Billancourt
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, transformed itself into a luxury automobile manufacturing company named Avions Voisin
Avions Voisin
Avions Voisin was a French luxury automobile brand established by Gabriel Voisin.Gabriel B. Voisin was an aviation pioneer and manufacturer who in 1919 started producing cars using Knight-type sleeve valve engines at Issy-les-Moulineaux, an industrial suburb to the South West of Paris.Former...

 in 1920. Most of Voisin's manufacturing facilities were then relocated in neighboring Issy-les-Moulineaux. Avions Voisin closed its doors in 1940.



Issy is divided into two cantons (districts):
  • Issy-les-Moulineaux East, part of the commune; pop: 25,399
  • Issy-les-Moulineaux West, part of the commune and part of Meudon
    Meudon is a municipality in the southwestern suburbs of Paris, France. It is in the département of Hauts-de-Seine. It is located from the center of Paris.-Geography:...

    ; (pop: 34,120)

Mayors of Issy-les-Moulineaux:
  • 1903–1908: Auguste Gervais
  • 1908–1911: Henri Mayer
  • 1911–1919: Léon-Victor Clément
  • 1919–1922: Justin Oudin
  • February – May 1923: Saint-Martin (Special delegation)
  • May – October 1923: Eugène Demarne
  • 1923–1935: Justin Oudin
  • 1935–1939: Victor Cresson
  • 1945–1949: Fernand Maillet
  • 1949–1953: Jacques Madaule
  • May – July 1953: Fernand Maillet
  • 1953–1973: Bonaventure Leca
  • 1973–1980: Raymond Menand
  • 1980 – present: André Santini
    André Santini
    André Santini is a French politician, mayor of Issy-les-Moulineaux, Hauts-de-Seine.A former member of the UDF, he did not support François Bayrou, the candidate of his party for the first round of 2007 French presidential election, choosing instead to support Nicolas Sarkozy.After the election, he...


The Canal+ Group
Canal+ Group
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, France 24
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, Sodexo,, Hewlett-packard France, Coca-Cola France, Steria and Technicolor SA are based in Issy-les-Moulineaux.


Issy-les-Moulineaux is served by two stations on Paris Métro line 12
Paris Metro Line 12
Paris Métro Line 12 is one of sixteen metro lines in Paris, France. It links Issy-les-Moulineaux in southern Paris to Porte de la Chapelle in the north. With 72 million journeys per year, Line 12 is the eleventh busiest on the Parisian Métropolitan system...

: Corentin Celton
Corentin Celton (Paris Metro)
Corentin Celton is a station on line 12 of the Paris Métro in the commune of Issy-les-Moulineaux.-History:The station opened on 24 March 1934 as part of extension of the line from Porte de Versailles to Mairie d'Issy....

 and Mairie d'Issy
Mairie d'Issy (Paris Metro)
Mairie d'Issy is a station on line 12 of the Paris Métro in the commune of Issy-les-Moulineaux. It is near Issy-les-Moulineaux town hall and the shops located in Avenue Victor Cresson and Avenue de la République....


It is also served by two stations on Paris RER line C
The RER C is one of the five lines in the RER rapid transit system serving :Paris, France. It is operated by SNCF.The line runs from the northwestern terminuses Pontoise , Versailles – Rive Gauche and Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines to the southeastern terminuses Massy-Palaiseau , Dourdan-la-Forêt , ...

: Issy – Val de Seine
Issy – Val de Seine (Paris RER)
Issy — Val de Seine is a station on RER C served by RER C5 and C7. and . Situated in Issy-les-Moulineaux, in the départment of Hauts-de-Seine, the station serves the business district of Val de Seine. In rush hours, the station is served by 12 trains per hour; in off-peak hours, it is served by 6...

 and Issy
Issy (Paris RER)
Issy is a station in Paris's express suburban rail system, the RER. It is situated in Issy-les-Moulineaux, in the département of Hauts-de-Seine.- Lines serving this station :- See also :* List of stations of the Paris RER...


There is also a project of cable car
Aerial tramway
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Twin towns

Weiden in der Oberpfalz
Weiden in der Oberpfalz
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, Germany, since 1954 Frameries
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, Belgium, since 1979 Macerata
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, Italy, since 1982 Hounslow
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, United Kingdom, since 1982 Dapaong
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, Togo, since 1989 Echmiadzin
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, Armenia, since 1989 Pozuelo de Alarcón
Pozuelo de Alarcón
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, Spain, since 1990 Nahariya
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, Israel, since 1994 Chongwen District
Chongwen District
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, Beijing
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, People's Republic of China, since 1998 Guro
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, Seoul
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, South Korea, since 2005 Madison, New Jersey
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, United States

Sites of interest

  • Île Saint-Germain
    Île Saint-Germain
    Île Saint-Germain is an island located in the Seine in Issy-les-Moulineaux in the département of Hauts-de-Seine near Paris, France. It once housed a military camp that was later abandoned, but the island was redeveloped in 1980. The island is divided into two parts. The developed side includes...

    , an island located in the Seine. The island is divided into two parts, the urban side includes the offices and a residential area. The other side includes a part with the Tour aux Figures (Tower of Figures) by Jean Dubuffet
    Jean Dubuffet
    Jean Philippe Arthur Dubuffet was a French painter and sculptor. His idealistic approach to aesthetics embraced so called "low art" and eschewed traditional standards of beauty in favor of what he believed to be a more authentic and humanistic approach to image-making.-Life and work:Dubuffet was...

    . The Île Seguin
    Île Seguin
    Île Seguin is an island on the Seine river between Boulogne-Billancourt and Sèvres, in the west suburbs of Paris, France.Île Seguin was home to a Renault factory, constructed between 1929 and 1934. With 30,000 laborers at its peak, the last car from the Renault production line was a Renault 5...

     is downstream.
  • Musée Français de la Carte à Jouer
    Musée Français de la Carte à Jouer
    The Musée Français de la Carte à Jouer is a museum of playing cards located at 16, rue Auguste Gervais, Issy-les-Moulineaux, a suburb of Paris, France...

    , a museum of playing card
    Playing card
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