Maisons-Laffitte is a commune in the Yvelines department in the Île-de-France region in north-central France. It is located in the north-western suburbs of Paris 18.2 km (11.3 mi) from the center.
Maisons-Laffitte is famous for the Château de Maisons-Laffitte, built by architect François Mansart in the 17th century. Maisons-Laffitte is also known for its horse racing track, the Maisons-Laffitte Racecourse, which is why the town is known as the "cité du cheval" and is compared with Newmarket in the United Kingdom.
Originally called Maisons-sur-Seine (meaning "Houses upon Seine"), the commune was officially renamed Maisons-Laffitte in 1882 in honor of banker Jacques Laffitte who financed the housing developments on the estate of the Château de Maisons-Laffitte.
The Château de Maisons-Laffitte has a secret passage to what once used to be part of the Château de Maisons-Laffitte but which is now a school - Collège de l'Ermitage.
Maisons-Laffitte is served by Maisons-Laffitte station on Paris RER line A and on the Transilien Paris – Saint-Lazare suburban rail line.Pape-Philippe Amagou, basketball player
Grégory Baugé, cyclist
Eugène Louis Bouvier, zoologist
Jerzy Giedroyc, founder and editor of a leading Polish-émigré literary-political journal, Kultura
René Le Roy (1898 – 1985), classical flautist
Randy de Puniet, motorcycle racer
Odd Nerdrum, painter
Philippe Jaroussky, opera singer
Jean Cocteau, writer, filmmaker, and artist
James Winkfield, jockey, horse trainer
Public schools:Six preschools/nurseries (maternelles): Bois-Bonnet, Clos-Lainé, Cocteau, Colbert, La Renarde, Montebello
Four elementary schools: Jehan Alain/André Ledreux, Colbert, Le Prieuré, Mansart
Junior high schools (collèges): Jean Cocteau and Le Prieuré
Senior high schools/sixth-form colleges: Lycée Evariste Galois and Lycée les Pierre Vives
Private schools:International School of France / L'Ermitage (preschool through senior high)
Sainte-Marie (preschool and elementary)
Ecole Montessori Internationale