Chatou (French: [ʃatu]) is a commune in the Yvelines department in the Île-de-France region in north-central France. Chatou is a part of the affluent suburbs of western Paris and is on the northwest side of the Seine river about 14 km (9 mi) from the city's center.

Church of Notre-Dame in Chatou

Coat of arms
Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
Location of Chatou
Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
Chatou (Île-de-France (region))
Coordinates: 48°53′23″N 2°09′26″E
IntercommunalityCA Saint Germain Boucles Seine
  Mayor (20082014) Ghislain Fournier
5.08 km2 (1.96 sq mi)
  Density6,200/km2 (16,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
78146 /78400
Elevation22–58 m (72–190 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.


On May 31, 1875, part of the territory of Chatou was detached and merged with a part of the territory of Le Pecq and a part of the territory of Croissy-sur-Seine to create the commune of Le Vésinet. It boasts many bourgeois mansions of every kind of architecture and owned by private individuals.

Avenue Brimont
Front view
Rear view

Chatou is also the host of the Maison Fournaise, a meeting place for Impressionist painters in the past. It was a place where Pierre-Auguste Renoir painted numerous pieces (portraits of the Fournaise family, surrounding landscapes etc.), most notably the Déjeuner des canotiers (Luncheon of the Boating Party) in 1881. The painting is today part of the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.

On August 25, 1944, in Chatou, the nazis shot 27 people, civilians and members of the French Resistance. This event is today known as the "Massacre des 27 Martyrs".[2]

Maison Fournaise Restaurant
Surrounding area
Front view
Side view


Chatou is served by Chatou Croissy station on Paris RER line A.


The community has eight public preschools, five public elementary schools, and two public junior high schools. Schools include:[3]


Junior high schools:

There are also the following private schools:[4]

  • École Jeanne d'Arc / Notre-Dame (preschool and primary school)
  • École Perceval (preschool through senior high school)

Lycée Alain, a public senior high school/sixth form college;[3] as well as Institut du Bon Sauveur, a private school with levels preschool through senior high/sixth form, are in nearby Le Vésinet.[4]

Parks and recreation

Parks include:[5]

  • Parc des Impressionnistes
  • Parc Auguste Renoir
  • Parc de l’Europe
  • Jardin du Sentier de la Côte
  • Square Emile Pathé
  • Square Réalier-Dumas
  • Hameau Fournaise, Île des Impressionnistes

See also


  1. "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. Staff (July 2, 2016). "Actulites Associatives: La Vie Du Patrimoine Et De L'Histoire (in French)". Association Chatou Notre Ville. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  3. "Établissements publics / Carte scolaire Archived 2016-09-08 at the Wayback Machine." Chatou. Retrieved on September 2, 2016.
  4. "Établissements privés Archived 2016-09-08 at the Wayback Machine." Chatou. Retrieved on September 2, 2016.
  5. "Parcs, jardins, squares, hameau Fournaise... Archived 2016-06-09 at the Wayback Machine." Chatou. Retrieved on September 2, 2016.

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