Neuilly-sur-Seine (French pronunciation: [nøji syʁ sɛn] (listen)), known as Neuilly, is a commune in the department of Hauts-de-Seine in France, just west of Paris. Immediately adjacent to the city, the area is composed of mostly select residential neighbourhoods, as well as many corporate headquarters and a handful of foreign embassies. It is the wealthiest and most expensive suburb of Paris.
Neuilly-sur-Seine Town Hall
Location (in red) within Paris inner suburbs
|• Mayor (2020–2026)||Jean-Christophe Fromantin|
|3.73 km2 (1.44 sq mi)|
|• Density||16,000/km2 (42,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||27–39 m (89–128 ft)|
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
Together with the 16th and 7th arrondissement of Paris, the town of Neuilly-sur-Seine forms the most affluent and prestigious residential area in the whole of France.
Originally Pont de Neuilly was a small hamlet under the jurisdiction of Villiers, a larger settlement mentioned in medieval sources as early as 832 and now absorbed by the commune of Levallois-Perret. It was not until 1222 that the little settlement of Neuilly, established on the banks of the Seine, was mentioned for the first time in a charter of the Abbey of Saint-Denis: the name was recorded in Medieval Latin as Portus de Lulliaco, meaning "Port of Lulliacum." In 1224 another charter of Saint-Denis recorded the name as Lugniacum. In a sales contract dated 1266, the name was also recorded as Luingni.
In 1316, however, in a ruling of the parlement of Paris, the name was recorded as Nully, a different name from those recorded before. In a document dated 1376 the name was again recorded as Nulliacum (the Medieval Latin version of Nully). Then in the following centuries the name recorded alternated between Luny and Nully, and it is only after 1648 that the name was definitely set as Nully. The name spelt Neuilly after the French Academy standard of pronunciation of the ill as a y (see IPA at the top).
Various explanations and etymologies have been proposed to explain these discrepancies in the names of Neuilly recorded over the centuries. The original name of Neuilly may have been Lulliacum or Lugniacum, and that it was only later corrupted into Nulliacum / Nully. Some interpret Lulliacum or Lugniacum as meaning "estate of Lullius (or Lunius)", probably a Gallo-Roman landowner. This interpretation is based on the many placenames of France made up of the names of Gallo-Roman landowners and suffixed with the traditional placename suffix "-acum." Other researchers, however, object that it is unlikely that Neuilly owes its name to a Gallo-Roman patronym, because during the Roman occupation of Gaul the area of Neuilly was inside the large Forest of Rouvray, of which the Bois de Boulogne is all that remains today, and was probably not a settlement.
These researchers contend that it is only after the fall of the Roman Empire and the Germanic invasions that the area of Neuilly was deforested and settled. Thus, they think that the name Lulliacum or Lugniacum comes from the ancient Germanic word lund meaning "forest", akin to Old Norse lundr meaning "grove", to which the placename suffix "-acum" was added. The Old Norse word lundr has indeed left many placenames across Europe, such as the city of Lund in Sweden, the Forest of the Londe in Normandy, or the many English placenames containing "lound", "lownde", or "lund" in their name, or ending in "-land." This interesting theory, however, fails to explain why the "d" of lund is missing in Lulliacum or Lugniacum.
Concerning the discrepancy in names over the centuries, the most probable explanation is that the original name Lulliacum or Lugniacum was later corrupted into Nulliacum / Nully by inversion of the consonants, perhaps under the influence of an old Celtic word meaning "swampy land, boggy land" (as was the land around Neuilly-sur-Seine in ancient times) which is found in the name of many French places anciently covered with water, such as Noue, Noë, Nouan, Nohant, etc. Or perhaps the consonants were simply inverted under the influence of the many settlements of France called Neuilly (a frequent place name whose etymology is completely different from the special case of Neuilly-sur-Seine).
Until the French Revolution, the settlement was often referred to as Port-Neuilly, but at the creation of French communes in 1790 the "Port" was dropped and the newly born commune was named simply Neuilly.
On 1 January 1860, the city of Paris was enlarged by annexing neighbouring communes. On that occasion, a part of the territory of Neuilly-sur-Seine was annexed by the city of Paris, and forms now the neighbourhood of Ternes, in the 17th arrondissement of Paris.
On 4 June 1878, a Synagogue was founded on Rue Ancelle, which is the oldest synagogue of Paris' suburbs.
On 2 May 1897, the commune name officially became Neuilly-sur-Seine (meaning "Neuilly upon Seine"), in order to distinguish it from the many communes of France also called Neuilly. Most people, however, continue to refer to Neuilly-sur-Seine as simply "Neuilly." During the 1900 Summer Olympics, it hosted the basque pelota events.
The American Hospital of Paris was founded in 1906.
RATP Bus service includes the lines 43, 73, 82, 93, 157, 158, 163, 164, 174 
Night Bus lines include N11 and N24.
Located near France's main business district La Défense, Neuilly-sur-Seine also hosts several corporate headquarters: Bureau Veritas, Chanel, Marathon Media, JCDecaux, Thales Group, M6 Group, Sephora, PricewaterhouseCoopers France, Parfums Christian Dior (in 2019), Orangina France, Grant Thornton International France.
Public schools in Neuilly:
- Eight écoles maternelles (preschools): Achille Peretti, Charcot, Dulud, Gorce-Franklin, Michelis, Poissoniers, Roule, Saussaye
- Ten elementary schools: Charcot A, Charcot B, Gorce-Franklin, Huissiers, Poissoniers, Peretti, Michelis A, Michelis B, Saussaye A, and Saussaye B
- Two lower secondary schools: Collège André Maurois and Collège Théophile Gautier.
- Collège et Lycée Pasteur
- Lycée Saint-James
- Lycée professionnel Vassily kandinsky
Domestic private schools:
- École primaire Sainte-Croix
- École primaire Sainte-Marie
- École primaire Saint-Dominique
- École Saint-Pierre / Saint Jean
- Collège Saint-Pierre / Saint-Jean
- Collège et Lycée Sainte-Croix
- Collège et Lycée Sainte-Marie
- Collège et Lycée Saint-Dominique
- Lycée professionnel Georges Guérin
International private schools:
- Liceo Español Luis Buñuel, Spanish international secondary and baccalaureate school
- Marymount School, Paris, a Catholic, co-educational, day school for 2-14 year olds
- Adrien Étienne Gaudez, French sculptor
- Ahmad Shah Qajar, the last king of Iran's Qajar dynasty
- Albert Uderzo, writer and illustrator (1927–2020)
- Allan Nyom, footballer
- Anaïs Nin, author and diarist, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine
- André Beaufre, French general
- Annie Fargé, actress, theatrical producer and manager. Died here.
- Aristotle Onassis died on 15 March 1975 at the American Hospital
- Arthur Zagre, footballer
- Bernard Blossac, fashion illustrator.
- Bette Davis, non-resident, died at the American Hospital
- Carole Bouquet, actress
- Christoph H. Müller musician, composer, co-founder of Neotango band Gotan Project
- Corentin Moutet, tennis player
- David Servan-Schreiber (1961–2011)
- Dominique Strauss-Kahn (born 25 April 1949)
- Édith Piaf, French singer
- Edward VIII, King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire, and Emperor of India.
- France Gall, French singer
- François Truffaut, French film director, actor
- Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, Liliane Bettencourt's daughter
- Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, half of music duo Daft Punk
- Ilona Mitrecey, Eurodance artist
- Jacqueline François (1922–2009), chanson singer
- Jacques Prévert, poet and screenwriter
- Jacques Zwobada, French sculptor
- Jean d'Ormesson, French novelist member of the Académie française
- Jean de La Fontaine, French poet and fabulist
- Jean-Paul Belmondo, French actor
- Jean Raspail, French writer
- Jean Riboud (1919–1985) French corporate executive and former chairman of Schlumberger
- Joachim Murat, Prince of Pontecorvo, aristocrat
- Jonathan Bru, footballer
- José Maria de Eça de Queirós, Portuguese writer
- Joseph Haim Sitruk (1944-2016), former Chief Rabbi of France.
- Karl Lagerfeld, German fashion designer
- Liliane Bettencourt, L'Oréal heiress
- Ludovic Valbon, rugby player
- Marcel Duchamp, artist
- María Félix, Mexican actress
- Marie Angliviel de la Beaumelle, French glass maker and Italian countess
- Marine Le Pen, French politician : president of the Front National
- Martin Solveig, French electro-house DJ.
- Mary Wollstonecraft, English writer
- Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma, died here
- Michel Berger, singer and songwriter.
- Mireille Mathieu, chanson singer, has been a resident since 1965
- Natalie Barney, American heiress
- King Nicholas I of Montenegro and his family
- Nicolas Sarkozy, former President of France; mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine from 1983 to 2002
- Olivier Missoup, rugby player
- Paul Grimault, animator
- Pierre Ramond, string theorist
- Quincy Jones, musician, composer, producer
- René Semelaigne (1855–1934), biographer
- Roger Martin du Gard, winner of 1937 Nobel Prize for Literature
- Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Shock rock musician
- Sophie Marceau, French actress
- Prince Umberto of Savoy-Aosta, eldest son of the Duke of Apulia and Princess Olga of Greece
- Vittorio De Sica, Italian actor and film director
- Wallis Simpson, American socialite and wife of King Edward VIII.
- Wassily Kandinsky, Russian Abstract-Expressionist artist
Twin towns – sister citiesEdit
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