Issy-les-Moulineaux (French pronunciation: [isi le mulino]) is a commune in the southwestern suburban area of Paris, France, lying on the left bank of the river Seine. It is one of Paris entrances and is located 6.6 km (4.1 mi) from Notre-Dame Church, which is considered Kilometre Zero of France. On 1 January 2010, Issy-les-Moulineaux became part of the Grand Paris Seine Ouest agglomeration community, which merged into the Métropole du Grand Paris in January 2016.

Île Saint-Germain, Seine River and Val de Seine business district in the background

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Paris and inner ring départements
Location of Issy-les-Moulineaux
Paris and inner ring départements
Issy-les-Moulineaux (Île-de-France (region))
Coordinates: 48°49′26″N 2°16′12″E
IntercommunalityGrand Paris
  MayorAndré Santini (NC)
4.25 km2 (1.64 sq mi)
  Density16,000/km2 (42,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
92040 /92130
Elevation28–96 m (92–315 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Issy-les-Moulineaux has successfully moved its economy from an old manufacturing base to high value-added service sectors and is at the heart of the Val de Seine business district, the largest cluster of telecommunication and media businesses in France hosting the headquarters of most major French TV networks.


Originally, Issy-les-Moulineaux was simply called Issy. The name Issy comes from Medieval Latin Issiacum or Isciacum, perhaps meaning "estate of Isicius (or Iccius)", a Gallo-Roman landowner, although some think the name comes from a Celtic radical meaning "under the wood". Local legend recounted on the city's official website mentions alternative origin of the name arising from a temple of the Egyptian goddess Isis said to be under the site of the Church of Saint Stephen.[2]

In 1893 Issy officially became Issy-les-Moulineaux. Les Moulineaux was the name of a hamlet on the territory of the commune, apparently named Les Moulineaux due to the windmills (French: moulins) that stood there.


The town was once the location of the Château d'Issy, destroyed in 1871, former home of the Princes of Conti. On 1 January 1860, the city of Paris was enlarged by annexing neighboring communes. On that occasion, about a third of the commune of Issy-les-Moulineaux was annexed to Paris, and forms now the neighborhood of Javel, in the 15th arrondissement of Paris.

Issy-les-Moulineaux is home to a community of 5,000 Armenians that have established themselves in the area since the 1930s.[3] The community has two Armenian churches, an athletic club, a school, a monument dedicated to the Armenian Genocide, and a street named after Armenia called Rue d'Armenie, and Rue d'Erevan named after Armenia's capital Yerevan.[4][5] Issy-les-Moulineaux became twin cities with Echmiadzin, Armenia in December 1989.[6]


In the late 19th century, an expansive field in Issy had been dedicated to military exercises. This land, owned by the French Army, was made into an airfield in the 1900s during the pioneering era of aviation. Issy-les-Moulineaux soon became a hot spot for aviation in France, the most active airfield in Paris, and the site of many flight experiments. Photographers, newspaper reporters and intelligence agents from other countries gathered there to report on developments.[7]

The airfield of Issy-les-Moulineaux was the starting point of the 1911 Paris to Madrid air race. One of the competing planes crashed into the audience during take-off, killing the French Minister of War Henri Maurice Berteaux. It hosted the trap shooting events for the 1924 Summer Olympics.[8]

The firm of Appareils d'Aviation Les Frères Voisin, the world's first commercial airplane factory (1908) which was initially located in Boulogne-Billancourt, transformed itself into a luxury automobile manufacturing company named Avions Voisin in 1920. Most of Voisin's manufacturing facilities were then relocated in neighboring Issy-les-Moulineaux. Avions Voisin closed its doors in 1940.

The last fixed wing flight occurred in 1953, after which the aerodrome handled only helicopters; it continues to do this, with the ICAO code LFPI. It is operated by Aeroports de Paris.



Place of birth of residents of Issy-les-Moulineaux in 1999
Born in Metropolitan FranceBorn outside Metropolitan France
Born in
Overseas France
Born in foreign countries with French citizenship at birth1EU-15 immigrants2Non-EU-15 immigrants
1This group is made up largely of former French settlers, such as pieds-noirs in Northwest Africa, followed by former colonial citizens who had French citizenship at birth (such as was often the case for the native elite in French colonies), and to a lesser extent foreign-born children of French expatriates. Note that a foreign country is understood as a country not part of France in 1999, so a person born for example in 1950 in Algeria, when Algeria was an integral part of France, is nonetheless listed as a person born in a foreign country in French statistics.
2An immigrant is a person born in a foreign country not having French citizenship at birth. Note that an immigrant may have acquired French citizenship since moving to France, but is still considered an immigrant in French statistics. On the other hand, persons born in France with foreign citizenship (the children of immigrants) are not listed as immigrants.


Since the French canton reorganisation which came into effect in March 2015, Issy forms one canton: Canton of Issy-les-Moulineaux.[9]

Mayors of Issy-les-Moulineaux:

  • 1903–1908: Auguste Gervais
  • 1908–1911: Henri Mayer
  • 1911–1919: Léon-Victor Clément
  • 1919–1922: Justin Oudin
  • February – May 1923: Saint-Martin (Special delegation)
  • May – October 1923: Eugène Demarne
  • 1923–1935: Justin Oudin
  • 1935–1939: Victor Cresson
  • 1945–1949: Fernand Maillet
  • 1949–1953: Jacques Madaule
  • May – July 1953: Fernand Maillet
  • 1953–1973: Bonaventure Leca
  • 1973–1980: Raymond Menand
  • 1980 – present: André Santini


Eurosport,[10][11] the Canal+ Group,[12] Coca-Cola France, France 24,[13] Microsoft France and Europe,[14] Sodexo,[15] and Technicolor SA[16] are based in Issy-les-Moulineaux.


Issy-les-Moulineaux is served by two stations on Paris Métro line 12: Corentin Celton and Mairie d'Issy, two stations on Paris RER line C: Issy – Val de Seine and Issy and three stations on Île-de-France tramway Line 2: Les Moulineaux, Jacques-Henri Lartigue and Issy – Val de Seine (Paris RER). Multiple RATP bus lines have stops or their arrival/departure station in the city.

Multiple Vélib' and Autolib' stations allow subscribers of those services to share bicycles or electric cars.

There was also a cable car[17] project, abandoned in February 2008.[18]


The commune has 17 public preschools,[19] 16 public elementary schools.[20] four public junior high schools, one public senior high school,[21] and three private schools.[22]

Junior high schools:

  • Collège de la Paix
  • Collège Henri Matisse
  • Collège Georges Mandel
  • Collège Victor Hugo

Lycée Eugène-Ionesco is the community's public senior high school.

Private schools:

  • Groupe scolaire La Salle Saint Nicolas (junior and senior high school)
  • École Arménienne « TARKMANTCHATZ » (preschool and elementary school) - An Armenian school
  • École Sainte-Clotilde (preschool and elementary school)


Twin towns - sister cities

Issy-les-Moulineaux is twinned with:[23]

Sites of interest

See also


  1. "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. L'Eglise Sainte-Etienne severement touchee par les bombardements http://www.issy/taxonomy/term/492/leglise-saint-etienne
  3. "Conférence: la présence arménienne à Issy" (in French). Nouvelles d'Arménie Magazine. 30 March 2015.
  4. Yessayan, Catherine (20 July 2012). "Armenians of Issy-les-Moulineaux". Asbarez.
  5. Marès, Antoine; Milza, Pierre (1994). Le Paris des étrangers depuis 1945. Publications de la Sorbonne. p. 211. ISBN 2859442561.
  6. Hovanessian, Martine (1995). Les Arméniens et leurs territoires (in French). Editions Autrement. p. 133. ISBN 286260531X.
  7. Gibbs-Smith, Charles Harvard (1960). The Aeroplane: An Historical Survey of Its Origins and Development. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office.
  8. 1924 Olympics official report. Archived 2011-05-05 at the Wayback Machine pp. 544-6. (in French)
  9. Décret n° 2014-256 du 26 février 2014 portant délimitation des cantons dans le département des Hauts-de-Seine
  10. "."
  11. "."
  12. "Mentions legales Archived 2010-03-27 at the Wayback Machine." Canal+ Group. Retrieved on 5 March 2010.
  13. "Contact Us." France 24. Retrieved on 29 October 2009.
  14. "Microsoft Campus in France." Microsoft. Retrieved on 9 February 2012
  15. "Contact Us Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine." Sodexo. Retrieved on 1 June 2010.
  16. "Legal Archived 2010-03-15 at the Wayback Machine." Technicolor SA. Retrieved on 23 March 2010.
  17. Project's website (Archived October 5, 2007, at the Wayback Machine)
  18. "Issy-les-Moulineaux - Le téléphérique sacrifié sur fond de campagne". Le Parisien (in French). 2008-02-19. Retrieved 2012-04-16.
  19. "Les écoles maternelles." Issy-les-Moulineaux. Retrieved on September 4, 2016.
  20. "Les écoles élémentaires." Issy-les-Moulineaux. Retrieved on September 4, 2016.
  21. "L'enseignement secondaire." Issy-les-Moulineaux. Retrieved on September 4, 2016.
  22. "Les établissements privés." Issy-les-Moulineaux. Retrieved on September 4, 2016.
  23. "Villes jumelles". (in French). Issy-les-Moulineaux. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
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