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Palaiseau (French pronunciation: ​[palɛzo]) is a commune in the southern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 16.9 km (10.5 mi) from the center of Paris. Palaiseau is a sub-prefecture of the Essonne department and the seat of the Arrondissement of Palaiseau.

Subprefecture and commune
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Palaiseau
Coat of arms
Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
Coordinates: 48°42′52″N 2°14′45″E / 48.7145°N 2.2457°E / 48.7145; 2.2457Coordinates: 48°42′52″N 2°14′45″E / 48.7145°N 2.2457°E / 48.7145; 2.2457
IntercommunalityCA Paris-Saclay
 • Mayor (2008–2014) François Lamy
Area111.51 km2 (4.44 sq mi)
Population (2006)230,542
 • Density2,700/km2 (6,900/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code91477 /91120
Elevation47–159 m (154–522 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.

Inhabitants of Palaiseau are known as Palaisiens.



As of 2016, the primary schools in Palaiseau have 2,770 students. There are 12 public preschools (maternelles) and 10 public elementary schools.[1]

Public secondary schools:[2]

The Institution Saint-Martin is a private school from preschool to high school.[1]

Colleges and universitiesEdit

ParisTech has a strong presence in Palaiseau, with three member institutes: the École Polytechnique (one of the most prestigious engineering schools in France), École nationale supérieure de techniques avancées, and Institut d'optique Graduate School which are now located in Palaiseau, on the Plateau de Saclay.


Palaiseau is served by 3 stations on Paris RER line B: Palaiseau, Palaiseau – Villebon and Lozère (this last station is the closest to École Polytechnique). The station Massy-Palaiseau (RER B, RER C and also TGV, the French high-speed rail) is located in the nearby town of Massy.

Twin townsEdit

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ a b "Les établissements scolaires maternels et élémentaires." Palaiseau. Retrieved on September 6, 2016.
  2. ^ "Au collège et au lycée." Palaiseau. Retrieved on September 6, 2016.
  3. ^ "List of Twin Towns in the Ruhr District" (PDF). © 2009 Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-11-28. Retrieved 2009-10-28. External link in |publisher= (help)

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