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Coordinates: 48°49′16″N 2°07′52″E / 48.8211111111°N 2.13111111111°E / 48.8211111111; 2.13111111111

Commune of Le Chesnay

Le Chesnay Château Aubert.JPG
Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Yvelines
Arrondissement Versailles
Canton Le Chesnay
Mayor Philippe Brillault
Elevation 113–175 m (370–570 ft)
(avg. 145 m/480 ft)
Land area1 4.24 km2 (1.64 sq mi)
Population2 30,227  (2006)
 - Density 7,129 /km2 (18,460 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 78158/ 78150
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.

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.




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 commune of Versailles, 2 km (1.2 mi).(1.2 miles) from the town center of Le Chesnay.

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