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Coordinates: 48°55′46″N 02°02′44″E / 48.92944°N 2.04556°E / 48.92944; 2.04556

Commune of Poissy

Poissy map.png
Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
Coordinates 48°55′46″N 02°02′44″E / 48.92944°N 2.04556°E / 48.92944; 2.04556
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Yvelines
Arrondissement Saint-Germain-en-Laye
Canton Chie
Mayor Frédérik Bernard
Elevation 17–171 m (56–560 ft)
(avg. 27 m/89 ft)
Land area1 13.28 km2 (5.13 sq mi)
Population2 36,230  (2006)
 - Density 2,728 /km2 (7,070 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 78498/ 78300
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.

Poissy is a commune in the Yvelines department in the Île-de-France in north-central France. It is located in the western suburbs of Paris23.8 km (14.8 mi). (14.8 miles) from the center.

In 1561 it was the site of a fruitless Catholic-Huguenot conference, the Colloquy at Poissy. It is known for hosting successively Automobiles Gregoire, Matford, Ford SAF, Simca, Chrysler, Talbot factories, now one of France's largest Peugeot factories. Inhabitants are called Pisciacais.



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


  • The "Noyau de Poissy" is a liquor based on macerated or distilled apricot pits, a local tradition since early 18th century.[1]



  • Musée du jouet, shows 800 games and toys dating between 1850 and 1950.
  • Musée d'art et d'histoire.

Cultural facilities

  • La salle Molière (theater);
  • Cinema;
  • Library Christine de Pizan;
  • Library André-Malraux.

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Poissy is twinned with:


  • La Porteuse de pain (1963) ;
  • La Demoiselle d'Avignon (1972) ;
  • La Tribu (1990)
  • Les Grands Ducs (1996) ;
  • Le Ciel, les oiseaux et... ta mère ! (1998)
  • Le Cerveau
  • From Paris with Love (2009)



  • The golf of Béthemont
  • Stadium Léo-Lagrange, built in 1945
  • Swimming pool des Migneaux and swimming pool Saint-Exupéry

See also


External links

1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

POISSY, a town of northern France, in the department of Seine-et-Oise, 17 m. W.N.W. of Paris, on the railway from Paris to Rouen. Pop. (1906), 604 3. The church, supposed to have been built in the first half of the 12th century, and eventually restored under the direction of Viollet le Duc, is of special architectural interest, as affording one of the earliest and best examples of transition from the Romanesque to the Pointed style. The bridge of Poissy, a very ancient foundation, has been widened and modernized; of the mills which formerly bordered it one was known as Queen Blanche's. A statue of the painter J. L. E. Meissonier was erected in 1894, close to his house. Poissy supplied butchers' meat to Paris during six centuries, but in 1867 the market was removed to the metropolis. A handsome fountain stands in the old market-place. Distilling and the manufacture of chairs and flour-milling equipment are carried on and ragstone is quarried.

Poissy, the ancient Pinciacum, was the capital of the country of the Carnutes. In the time of Charlemagne it had a royal palace, where during the 9th century four national assemblies were held. Later it became a favourite residence of Blanche of Castille, and her son, afterwards St Louis, is supposed to have been born there. Philip the Fair gave the castle to the Dominicans, by whom it was completely transformed, and it was in the refectory of the abbey that the famous conference (see below) between the Roman Catholics and Protestants took place in 1561.

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