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6.35 km²

Local time
Friday 5:17 PM



Hauts de Bièvre

31,946 (2007)

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15°C, Wind SE at 14 km/h, 60% Humidity

Colleges and Universities
École Centrale Paris, CentraleSupélec

Châtenay-Malabry is a commune in the southwestern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 10.8 km (6.7 mi) from the center of Paris.


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The French writer Chateaubriand lived in the estate Vallée-aux-Loups at Châtenay-Malabry. The Garden City in the Butte Rouge, the Cité Jardins, is one of the earliest examples of housing at moderated rents (HLM).

Châtenay is the location of École Centrale Paris, of the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Paris-Sud and of French national laboratory of doping detection. It was also for many years the home of the world-renowned horticultural nursery. The high-speed LGV Atlantique crosses the city through a tunnel covered by a park called Coulée verte (greenway).

Since 31 December 2002, it has been part of the Communauté d'agglomération des Hauts de Bièvre.


Châtenay-Malabry is situated near the Parc de Sceaux.

It borders the department of Essonne which borders the department of Yvelines. Châtenay-Malabry is demarcated by the communes of Sceaux, Antony, Bièvres, Plessis-Robinson and Verrières-le-Buisson.

A highly wooded area, it can be crossed by the Coulée verte du sud parisien, which includes part of Via Turonesis which is one of the routes through France on the pilgrimage to the tomb of St. James the Great. As for the North and South entrances, they are, to say the least, a part of the urban fabric of the town.

The two main entrances to the town are located west and east of the Division Leclerc avenue, which is the main road of the town. In the direction of Verrières Forest is a large roundabout which appears as a clearing in the forest before diving into the urban landscape. In the direction of Antony is a simple roundabout located at the southeast corner of the Sceaux Park.


Originally simply called Châtenay, the name of the commune officially became Châtenay-Malabry in 1920.

The name Châtenay comes from castellanum = petit château (little castle) and Malabry comes from a deformation of badly located, spoiled ground.


Châtenay-Malabry is served by Robinson station on Paris RER line B. This station is located at the border between the commune of Châtenay-Malabry and the commune of Sceaux, on the Sceaux side of the border.


Schools include:

  • Seven public preschools (maternelles): Jean-Jaurès, Jules-Verne, des Mouilleboeufs, Pierre-Brossolette, Pierre-Mendès-France, Thomas-Masaryk, and Suzanne-Buisson
  • Seven public elementary schools: Jean-Jaurès, Jules-Verne, des Mouilleboeufs, Pierre-Brossolette, Pierre-Mendès-France, Thomas-Masaryk, and Léonard-de-Vinci.
  • Public junior high schools (collèges): Léonard-de-Vinci, Pierre-Brossolette, Thomas-Masaryk
  • Public senior high schools: Lycée Emmanuel-Mounier and Lycée polyvalent Jean-Jaurès
  • Private school: Groupe scolaire Sophie-Barat (elementary through senior high)
  • Notable people

  • Voltaire spent time at Chatenay in 1719, and was probably born out of wedlock there in 1694
  • François-René de Chateaubriand (1768–1848) writer, politician and diplomat
  • Sully Prudhomme (1839–1907), French poet and essayist, winner of the first Nobel Prize in Literature, 1901
  • Jean Fautrier (1898–1964), painter and sculptor
  • Emmanuel Mounier (1905–1950), Christian philosopher
  • Paul Ricoeur (1913–2005), Christian philosopher
  • Jérôme Rothen (born 1978), French international football player
  • Clémence Poésy (born 1982), actress and model
  • Hatem Ben Arfa (born 1987), French international football player, was raised here
  • Mahamadou Baradji, basketball player
  • Laurent Bernard, basketball player
  • Grégoire Colin (born 1975), French movie actor
  • Points of interest

  • Arboretum de la Vallée-aux-Loups
  • Twin towns

    Châtenay-Malabry is twinned with

  • Bergneustadt (Oberbergischer Kreis, Germany) since 1967, which is also twinned with Landsmeer
  • Landsmeer (North Holland, Netherlands) since 1986, which is also twinned with Bergneustadt
  • Wellington (Shropshire, United Kingdom) since 2001
  • Bracciano (Bracciano, Italy) since 2011
  • References

    Châtenay-Malabry Wikipedia

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