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Coordinates: 48°54′39″N 2°17′20″E / 48.91075°N 2.288933°E / 48.91075; 2.288933

Commune of Asnières-sur-Seine

Asnières streets.JPG
Avenue de la Marne
Asnières-sur-Seine map.svg
Paris and inner ring départements
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Hauts-de-Seine
Arrondissement Nanterre
Mayor Sébastien Pietrasanta
Elevation 22–43 m (72–141 ft)
Land area1 4.82 km2 (1.86 sq mi)
Population2 82,720  (2006)
 - Density 17,162 /km2 (44,450 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 92004/ 92600
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Asnières-sur-Seine (French pronunciation: [anjɛʁ]) is a commune in the northwestern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 7.9 km (4.9 mi) from the center of Paris. It is one of the most densely populated municipalities in Europe.



Asnières-sur-Seine was originally called simply Asnières. The name Asnières was recorded for the first time in a papal bull of 1158 as Asnerias, from Medieval Latin asinaria, meaning "donkey farm". The poor soil of Asnières, where heather grew in Medieval times, was probably deemed only suitable for the breeding of donkeys.

On 15 February 1968 the name of the commune became officially Asnières-sur-Seine (meaning "Asnières upon Seine"), in order to distinguish it from other communes of France also called Asnières.



Place of birth of residents of Asnières-sur-Seine in 1999
Born in Metropolitan France Born outside Metropolitan France
78.3% 21.7%
Born in
Overseas France
Born in foreign countries with French citizenship at birth¹ EU-15 immigrants² Non-EU-15 immigrants
1.7% 2.9% 3.5% 13.6%
¹This group is made up largely of pieds-noirs from Northwest Africa, followed by former colonial citizens who had French citizenship at birth (such as was often the case for the native elite in French colonies), and to a lesser extent foreign-born children of French expatriates. Note that a foreign country is understood as a country not part of France as of 1999, so a person born for example in 1950 in Algeria, when Algeria was an integral part of France, is nonetheless listed as a person born in a foreign country in French statistics.
² An immigrant is a person born in a foreign country not having French citizenship at birth. Note that an immigrant may have acquired French citizenship since moving to France, but is still considered an immigrant in French statistics. On the other hand, persons born in France with foreign citizenship (the children of immigrants) are not listed as immigrants.


Asnières-sur-Seine is divided into two cantons:

  • Asnières-sur-Seine-Nord: 43,453 inhabitants (57.3% of the total).
  • Asnières-sur-Seine-Sud: 32,384 inhabitants (42.7% of the total).



Asnières-sur-Seine is served by Gabriel Péri - Asnières - Gennevilliers station on Paris Métro Line 13

It is also served by Asnières-sur-Seine station on the Transilien Paris – Saint-Lazare suburban rail line.


Bathers at Asnières by Georges-Pierre Seurat.

The Post-impressionist painting by Georges-Pierre Seurat Bathers at Asnières depicts a scene of 19th century leisure and developing industry in this suburb of Paris.

The old château was the death place of Anne Marie Victoire de Bourbon, daughter of Henri Jules de Bourbon and thus grand daughter of le Grand Condé

The Cimetière des Chiens is believed to be the first zoological necropolis in the world.

Asnières is the birthplace of Henri Barbusse, 1873, writer of Under Fire.

Arsenal Football Club defender William Gallas was born in this suburb of Paris.

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