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The Rue Rouget de Lisle in the Val de Seine business district
The Rue Rouget de Lisle in the Val de Seine business district
Coat of arms of Issy-les-Moulineaux
Coat of arms
Paris and inner ring départements
Paris and inner ring départements
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Hauts-de-Seine
Arrondissement Boulogne-Billancourt
Canton Issy-les-Moulineaux
Intercommunality Grand Paris Seine Ouest
 • Mayor André Santini (NC)
Area1 4.25 km2 (1.64 sq mi)
Population (2013)2 66,166
 • Density 16,000/km2 (40,000/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 92040 / 92130
Elevation 28–96 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.

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

Issy-les-Moulineaux (French pronunciation: ​) 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 Communauté d'agglomération Grand Paris Seine Ouest.

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.


  • Name 1
  • History 2
  • Airfield 3
  • Demographics 4
    • Immigration 4.1
  • Administration 5
  • Economy 6
  • Transport 7
  • Personalities 8
  • Twin towns 9
  • Sites of interest 10
  • Gallery 11
  • See also 12
  • References 13
  • External links 14


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".

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.[1] 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.[2][3] Issy-les-Moulineaux became twin cities with Echmiadzin, Armenia in December 1989.[4]


Silent film of a test flight of Pescara's helicopter on the aerodrome of Issy-les-Moulineaux, 1922. EYE Film Institute Netherlands.
An Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin taking off from the heliport, with the Eiffel tower behind.

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.[5]

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 France Born outside Metropolitan France
82.5% 17.5%
Born in
Overseas France
Born in foreign countries with French citizenship at birth¹ EU-15 immigrants² Non-EU-15 immigrants
1.3% 3.6% 3.7% 8.9%
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 of Issy-les-Moulineaux.[6]

Mayors of Issy-les-Moulineaux:


Eurosport,[7][8] the Canal+ Group,[9] Coca-Cola France, France 24,[10] Microsoft France and Europe,[11] Sodexo,[12] and Technicolor SA[13] 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[14] project, abandoned in February 2008.[15]


Twin towns

Sites of interest


See also


  1. ^ "Conférence: la présence arménienne à Issy" (in French). Nouvelles d'Arménie Magazine. 30 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Yessayan, Catherine (20 July 2012). "Armenians of Issy-les-Moulineaux". Asbarez. 
  3. ^ Marès, Antoine; Milza, Pierre (1994). Le Paris des étrangers depuis 1945. Publications de la Sorbonne. p. 211.  
  4. ^ Hovanessian, Martine (1995). Les Arméniens et leurs territoires (in French). Editions Autrement. p. 133.  
  5. ^ 1924 Olympics official report. pp. 544-6. (French)
  6. ^ Décret n° 2014-256 du 26 février 2014 portant délimitation des cantons dans le département des Hauts-de-Seine
  7. ^ "[5]."
  8. ^ "[6]."
  9. ^ "Mentions legales." Canal+ Group. Retrieved on 5 March 2010.
  10. ^ "Contact Us." France 24. Retrieved on 29 October 2009.
  11. ^ "Microsoft Campus in France." Microsoft. Retrieved on 9 February 2012
  12. ^ "Contact Us." Sodexo. Retrieved on 1 June 2010.
  13. ^ "Legal." Technicolor SA. Retrieved on 23 March 2010.
  14. ^ Project's website (Archived October 5, 2007 at the Wayback Machine)
  15. ^ "Issy-les-Moulineaux - Le téléphérique sacrifié sur fond de campagne" (in French). Le Parisien. 2008-02-19. Retrieved 2012-04-16. 

External links

  • Issy City Hall
  • Issy Tourism Office
  • Issy TV
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