Le Mée-sur-Seine is a commune in the Seine-et-Marne department in the Île-de-France region in north-central France, next to Melun. It is located in the south-eastern suburbs of Paris 41.1 km (25.5 mi) from the center.
The church in Le Mée-sur-Seine
Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
|Intercommunality||CA Melun Val de Seine|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Franck Vernin|
|5.34 km2 (2.06 sq mi)|
|• Density||3,900/km2 (10,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||37–80 m (121–262 ft)|
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
The town is located on the ride side of the Seine on a limestone plateau.
- B.C.: the Sénons (Gaul tribe) may have lived here.
- 13th century: Le Mée-sur-Seine is mentioned for the first time by "Mas" in 1253. "Mas" is an old French term for farm.
- 15th century: castle of "Marchémarais"
- September, 30th, 1833: birth of Henri Chapu, a famous sculptor.
- 1889: construction of the "Église Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité".
- 1845: first railway.
- 1938: Originally called simply "Le Mée", the name of the commune became officially "Le Mée-sur-Seine" (meaning "Le Mée upon Seine")
- 1944: Release of the town by the allied troops who crossed over the Seine using a float-bridge (the only bridge had been destroyed by the Germans).
- 1970-1971: construction of the main road to Melun (la pénétrante).
- 1979: opening of the new rail station.
The town grew quickly after World War II, and it is now divided in four districts: Le Mée Village, Plein Ciel, Croix Blanche, Les Courtilleraies.
Inhabitants are called Méens.
|From the year 1962 on: population without double counting|
There are 11 infant schools, 8 garde schools, 2 secondary schools and 1 high school.
- "Le Mas": library and auditorium.
- "Espace Cordier": Youth House for Culture.
- "Église Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité" ("Village" District), built from 1889 to 1893, is on the location of the previous church (built in 1771).
- chapel "Sainte-Croix" ("Croix-Blanche" District)
|Business||Number of firms|
|Services to firms||85|
|Services to particular||77|
- Unemployment rate (1999): 12.8%
- Private income (2004): €15,136/year
- Jacques Philippe Avice (1759–1835), general, and also tile maker around 1820.
- François-Joseph Talma (1763–1826), actor, he was also co-owner of the tile manufactory.
- Mademoiselle Mars (1779–1847), actress, she was also co-owner of the tile manufactory.
- Charles-Tristan de Montholon (1782–1853), general and politician, he was also co-owner of the tile manufactory.
- Grégoire Ghyka (see Grigore Alexandru Ghica (in English)(1807–1857), prince of Moldavia (1849–1853 and 1854–1856) lived in "Le Mée," where he committed suicide on August 24, 1857. His wife and five other relatives are interred close to him in a memorial in the cemetery of the town. Close to this memorial, four other members of the Ghyka family repose (among whom Nicolas Jean Ghika (1849–1873), killed during a duel at Fontainebleau).
- Henri Chapu, famous sculptor, was born in "Le Mée" in September, 30th, 1833. He was interred on April 24, 1891.
- Firmin-Girard (1838–1921), painter. He has been interred close to Henri Chapu.
- Henri-Auguste Patey (1855–1930), sculptor, student of Henri Chapu.
- Gaston Carraud (1864–1920), songwriter, student of Jules Massenet, was born in "Le Mée" in July, 20th, 1864.
- Renée Saint-Cyr (1904–2004), actress, lived in a big 18th century house in "Le Mée".
- Karl Lagerfeld (1933-), designer, owned a big house in the "Village" District.
- Caroline de Monaco (1957-) and Ernest-Auguste de Hanovre (1954-) own the house previously occupied by Karl Lagerfeld.
- Nina Roberts (1979-) ex-porn star
- Willy Denzey (1982-) singer for teenagers.
- "Populations légales 2017". INSEE. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-27. Retrieved 2008-06-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Source SIRENE juin 2003 - Traitement Seine & Marne Développement
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-06-13. Retrieved 2008-06-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Michel Dauvergne et François Lethève, Le Mée-sur-Seine et son histoire, Ville du Mée-sur-Seine, 1994, p. 101
- Michel Dauvergne et François Lethève, Le Mée-sur-Seine et son histoire, Ville du Mée-sur-Seine, 1994, p. 147-150 ; Les tombes de la famille Ghyka au cimetière du Mée-sur-Seine
- Michel Dauvergne et François Lethève, Le Mée-sur-Seine et son histoire, Ville du Mée-sur-Seine, 1994, p. 185-219
- Michel Dauvergne et François Lethève, Le Mée-sur-Seine et son histoire, Ville du Mée-sur-Seine, 1994, p. 183-184
- Michel Dauvergne et François Lethève, Le Mée-sur-Seine et son histoire, Ville du Mée-sur-Seine, 1994, p. 162-163 et 207
- Michel Dauvergne et François Lethève, Le Mée-sur-Seine et son histoire, Ville du Mée-sur-Seine, 1994, p. 220-221
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Le Mée-sur-Seine.|
- Official website (in French)
- 1999 Land Use, from IAURIF (Institute for Urban Planning and Development of the Paris-Île-de-France région) (in English)
- French Ministry of Culture list for Le Mée-sur-Seine (in French)
- Map of Le Mée-sur-Seine on Michelin (in English)