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Le Blanc-Mesnil (French pronunciation: [lə blɑ̃.me.nil]) is a commune in the northeastern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 12.6 km (7.8 mi) from the center of Paris, between Charles de Gaulle Airport and le Bourget Airport.
The view towards the town hall
Paris and inner ring départements
|• Mayor||Thierry Meignen|
|8.05 km2 (3.11 sq mi)|
|• Density||6,400/km2 (17,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||37–47 m (121–154 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.|
The name Le Blanc-Mesnil was recorded for the first time in the 11th century as Mansionile Blaun. This name is a compound of Medieval Latin Mansionile, meaning "little houses", from Latin mansio (accusative mansionem), and of Germanic (Old Frankish) blanch, blaun, meaning "glossy, shining, white", which gave French blanc ("white") and English blank.
The name is interpreted by some as a reference to the houses of Le Blanc-Mesnil which were whitened due to the flour dust coming from the windmills located there in ancient times. One researcher, however, thinks that blanc had also the meaning of "free" in Old French, and so the name would mean "free mesnil, free village", perhaps because the villagers had been freed from serfdom. None of these interpretations is certain.
On 2 December 1792, a third of the territory of Aulnay was detached and became the commune of Le Blanc-Mesnil.
|The arms of Le Blanc-Mesnil are blazoned :|
Azure, a cross engrailed Or, a canton chequy argent and azure, in 2nd and 3rd a hand appaumy, in 4th a drageoir (sweetsdish) Or
- Parc d'activité du Coudray
- Zone industrielle de la Molette in Blanc-Mesnil, Bourget and Drancy. It includes Centre Albert Einstein, created in 1987.
- Parc Modus
- Centre d'affaires international Paris Nord II
- Carré des Aviateurs
- Espace Descartes, for tourism business. Three hotels three stars, a Novotel hotel.
French and international companiesEdit
Several French companies have their world headquarters in Blanc-Mesnil, such as Forclum and Sicli.
The following political parties have a permanent base in Blanc-Mesnil:
- Parti Communiste Français
- Parti Socialiste
- Union for French Democracy (UDF)
- Union for a Popular Movement (UMP)
- Groupe des Verts
Between 1860 and 1945
Le Blanc-Mesnil is also served by Drancy station on Paris RER line B. This station (formerly called Blanc-Mesnil-Drancy), although administratively located on the territory of the neighboring commune of Drancy, is the closest from the town center of Le Blanc-Mesnil and is thus used by people in Le Blanc-Mesnil.
The bus company provides 17 lines of buses to travel within the city.
Ideally placed at the junction between the A1 and the A3.
2.5 km (1.6 mi) from Le Bourget airport, 7 km (4.3 mi) from Charles de Gaulle Airport and 4.5 km (2.8 mi) from Parc des Expositions de Villepinte, you will be ideally place to get to Parc Astérix and Disneyland as well as the centre of Paris and the Stade de France.
Catholic churches: Église Notre-Dame, Église Saint-Charles, Église Sainte-Thérèse. Evangelic churches : Charisma église chrétienne
The commune has the following schools: four preschools in the south, seven preschools in the centre of town, and six preschools in the north. It has four elementary schools in the south, six elementary schools in the centre, and six elementary schools in the north.
Junior high schools:
Senior high schools:
Parks and gardensEdit
- Jacques-Duclos Park
- Vineyards produces Clos blanc-mesnilois, a Chardonnay
- Vegetal wall of Forum culturel by Patrick Blanc
- Place de l'eau
- Jardin de Montillet
- Square Stalingrad
Blanc-Mesnil Sports (BMS), founded in 2005, is the city's sport club.
Le Blanc-Mesnil is twinned with:
- Sandwell in the West Midlands region of the United Kingdom,
- Peterhof in Russia,
- Debre Berhan in Ethiopia,
- Beni Douala in Algeria.
For fifteen years, twinning between le Blanc-Mesnil and Debre Berhan has been based on the development: water sanitation, education, construction of roads. In a rare spirit, that of a collaboration of equal to equal.
- Jérémy Abadie, footballer
- Amara Baby, footballer
- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, hockey player
- Jonathan Biabiany, BMS Football
- Jean-Felix Dorothee, footballer
- Abdou Doumbia, footballer
- Morgaro Gomis, footballer
- Raphaël Guerreiro, footballer
- Sylvie Guillem, star dancer at Paris Opera
- Patrick Hernandez, famous singer of Born to Be Alive
- Mickael Marolany,footballer
- Fabien Marsaud, known as Grand Corps Malade, slam poet
- Fabrice N'Sakala, footballer
- Moussa Sissoko, footballer
- Ludovic Sylvestre, footballer
- Tristan Valentin, road bicycle racer
- Élisabeth Vonarburg, writer of science-fiction
- Site de Hotels World
- Archives municipales
- "Les écoles." Le Blanc-Mesnil. Retrieved on September 4, 2016.
- "Collège Descartes." French Department of Education. Retrieved on September 4, 2016.
- "Médiathèque Edouard Glissant/Bibliothèque Jacques Prévert." Le Blanc-Mesnil. Retrieved on September 4, 2016.
- Le Blanc-Mesnil official site, Les jumelages
- Le Blanc-Mesnil et son passé, Ernest Soitel, 1969.
- Histoire anecdotique de Blanc-Mesnil, Albert Galicier, 1973.
- Le Blanc-Mesnil des temps modernes : 1935-1985, 1986.
- Le Blanc-Mesnil, Pierre Bourgeade, Gilles Smadja, Jean-Pierre Vallorani, Françoise Vasseur, 1992.
- Le Blanc-Mesnil : citoyens de demain, Patrick Laigre et Jocelyne Héquet, 1993.
- Le Blanc-Mesnil : 2000 regards, Photographies de Luc Choquer, François Crignon, Erwan Guillard, 1999.
- Le Blanc-Mesnil, Christian Massart, 2005.
- Twinning between Le Blanc-Mesnil and Debré-Berhan (in English and French).