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Coordinates: 48°38′13″N 2°20′25″E / 48.63694°N 2.34028°E / 48.63694; 2.34028

Commune of Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois

Location
Ste-Genevieve-des-Bois map.png
Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
Coordinates 48°38′13″N 2°20′25″E / 48.63694°N 2.34028°E / 48.63694; 2.34028
Administration
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Essonne
Arrondissement Palaiseau
Canton Sainte-Geneviève-
des-Bois (chief town)
Intercommunality CA du Val d'Orge
Mayor Olivier Leonhardt
(2008–2014)
Statistics
Elevation 37–90 m (120–300 ft)
Land area1 9.27 km2 (3.58 sq mi)
Population2 33,900  (2005 [1])
 - Density 3,657 /km2 (9,470 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 91549/ 91700
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.

Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois is a commune in the southern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 23.5 km (14.6 mi) from the center of Paris.

Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois lies just north of junction 42 on the orbital Francilienne autoroute.

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Demographics

At the 1999 census, the population was 32,125. The estimate for 2005 was 33,900.

Inhabitants of Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois are known as Génovéfains.

Sights

Attractions include the Donjon, a park with animals, a grotto, and an orthodox Russian Cemetery. Filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky is buried in the cemetery. Rudolph Nureyev, a famous ballet dancer, is also buried there in a spectacular tomb covered with mosiac decoration to represent a traditional Russian blanket.

Nearby, there is parkland which borders on the river Orge (a tributary of the Seine) and a campsite at Villiers-sur-Orge.

Notable events

Ilan Halimi, the young French Jew tortured to death on account of his religion, was discovered in Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois.[2]

Transport

Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois is served by Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois station on Paris RER line C.

Sport

See also

References

  1. ^ 2005 estimate, 32,125 at the 1999 census
  2. ^ Tale of Torture and Murder Horrifies the Whole of France, Michel Gurfinkiel, The New York Sun, February 22, 2006

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