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Coordinates: 48°46′43″N 2°17′26″E / 48.7786°N 2.2905°E / 48.7786; 2.2905Coordinates: 48°46′43″N 2°17′26″E / 48.7786°N 2.2905°E / 48.7786; 2.2905
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Hauts-de-Seine
Arrondissement Antony
Canton Châtillon
Intercommunality Métropole du Grand Paris
  Mayor (20142020) Laurent Vastel
Area1 2.51 km2 (0.97 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 24,306
  Density 9,700/km2 (25,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 92032 / 92260
Elevation 60–160 m (200–520 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Fontenay-aux-Roses (IPA: [fɔ̃tnɛ oʁoz]) is a commune in the southwestern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 8.6 km (5.3 mi) from the center of Paris.

In 1880 a girls school École Normale Supérieure was opened in the town. It was one of the most prestigious of Paris and even of whole France in term of scientific research. It became a mixed school in 1986, and was relocated to Lyon in 2000.

Fontenay is the location of the Commissariat à l'énergie atomique, where the reactor Zoé was activated.


The commune name originates from a local spring-fed stream (Latin fons, French fontaine) in the hillside descending from the Châtillon plateau, with "of roses" added to distinguish this commune from numerous French communes named Fontenay.


The climate of Fontenay-aux-Roses is oceanic gradient. The observation stations used for the weather in Fontenay-aux-Roses are at Orly and the airport of Velizy-Villacoublay, municipalities located not far from Fontenay-aux-Roses. The climate is characterized by sunshine and fairly low rainfall. The average rainfall is about 650 mm per year, spread over 111 rainy days on average, including 16 days of heavy rainfall (10 mm). Temperatures are mild; the coldest month is January with an average temperature of 4.7° C and the hottest months are July and August with a mean temperature of 20° C.


Fontenay-aux-Roses is served by Fontenay-aux-Roses station on Paris RER line B.


Primary schools in the commune:[1]

There is a public junior high school, Collège les Ormeaux.[2]

Lycée professionnel privé Saint François d'Assise, a private vocational high school, is in the commune.[3]

Neighboring places

Twin towns

Links between Wiesloch and Fontenay-aux-Roses are very strong. Indeed, many school projects are organized each year.


See also


  1. "Ecoles de la ville et inscriptions." Fontenay-aux-Roses. Retrieved on September 9, 2016. Attendance boundary
  2. Home. Collège les Ormeaux. Retrieved on September 9, 2016.
  3. Home. Lycée professionnel privé Saint François d'Assise. Retrieved on September 9, 2016.
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