Maisons-Laffitte (French pronunciation: [mɛzɔ̃ lafit] (listen)) is a commune in the Yvelines department in the northern Île-de-France region of France. It is a part of the affluent outer suburbs of northwestern Paris, 18.2 km (11.3 mi) from its centre. In 2018, it had a population of 23,611.
|Coordinates: 48°56′49″N 2°08′44″E / 48.9469°N 2.1456°E|
|Intercommunality||CA Saint Germain Boucles Seine|
|• Mayor (2020–2026)||Jacques Myard (LR)|
|6.75 km2 (2.61 sq mi)|
|• Density||3,400/km2 (8,900/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||22–57 m (72–187 ft) |
(avg. 38 m or 125 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
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 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 honour 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.
|Source: EHESS and INSEE (1968-2017)|
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
- Jean Cocteau, writer, filmmaker, and artist
- Jerzy Giedroyc, founder and editor of a leading Polish-émigré literary-political journal, Kultura
- Philippe Jaroussky, opera singer
- Coralie Lassource, handball player
- René Le Roy (1898–1985), classical flautist
- Odd Nerdrum, painter
- Randy de Puniet, motorcycle racer
- Anne Queffélec, pianist
- Emma Watson (until the age of five), actress
- James Winkfield, jockey, horse trainer
- Ghislaine Maxwell, British socialite known for her association with Jeffrey Epstein
- 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 Évariste Galois (Sartrouville) and Lycée Les Pierres Vives (Carrières sur Seine)
- International School of France / L'Ermitage (preschool to senior high)
- Sainte-Marie (preschool and elementary)
- Ecole Montessori Internationale
- ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires". data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020.
- ^ "Populations légales 2020". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2022.
- ^ Des villages de Cassini aux communes d'aujourd'hui: Commune data sheet Maisons-Laffitte, EHESS. (in French)
- ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE
- ^ a b "Liste des établissements." See the attendance boundaries
- Local website (in English)
- Official website (in French)
- Tourist Office (multi-lingual)
- Pictures and history of Maisons-Laffitte ( French)