The Paris France Temple is a temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in Le Chesnay, a suburb of Paris, France, and is located near Versailles.[4][5] The Paris France Temple is the first temple built in Metropolitan France, and the second in France, after the Papeete Tahiti Temple.[6][7]

Paris France Temple
Dedication21 May 2017, by Henry B. Eyring
Site2.26 acres (0.91 ha)
Floor area44,175 sq ft (4,104.0 m2)
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Announced15 July 2011
Open house22 April - 13 May 2017
LocationLe Chesnay, France
Geographic coordinates48°49′4.41″N 2°7′23.42″E / 48.8178917°N 2.1231722°E / 48.8178917; 2.1231722
NotesThomas S. Monson confirmed on 15 July 2011 that the church "hope[d] to build [a] temple in France" near Paris,[2] and on 1 October 2011 announced that the plans were "moving forward."[3] In 2014, a news story from the church noted that work had commenced on the temple, though no formal groundbreaking had taken place.[1]

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On 15 July 2011 Church president Thomas S. Monson announced that a Latter-day Saint temple would be constructed in France. New temples are generally announced during a church general conference. However, French newspapers reported the church's plans to build the temple at Le Chesnay, which prompted the early announcement, three months prior to the October 2011 conference.[4]

Local opposition included Mayor Philippe Brillault who opposed the temple—planned on a site for an abandoned, asbestos-choked power plant—and proclaimed, "We weren’t overjoyed, because Mormons have an image that’s pretty much negative."[8]

A public open house was held from 22 April 2017 to 13 May 2017, excluding Sundays.[9] The temple was dedicated on 21 May 2017 by Henry B. Eyring.[10]

In 2020, the Paris France Temple was closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.[11]

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  1. ^ a b "Elder Andersen visits construction site of Paris France Temple", Church News and Events,, 19 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Church Statement on Temple in France" (15 July 2011).
  3. ^ Monson, Thomas S. (1 October 2011. "As We Meet Again" talk given at General Conference.
  4. ^ a b "Six more temples announced; total now 108", Church News, March 27, 1999, retrieved 2018-12-27
  5. ^ Peggy Fletcher, Stack (Jul 15, 2011). "Mormon breakthrough: a temple in France". The Salt Lake Tribune. Salt Lake Utah: MediaNews Group. Retrieved October 27, 2011.
  6. ^ Temples en Europe et en Polynésie Française
  7. ^ Un temple mormon à deux pas du château de Versailles, Le Point
  8. ^ Bryant, Elizabeth. "French Mormons find a less hospitable ‘Mormon moment’", The Washington Post, 17 February 2012. Retrieved on 3 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Open House and Dedication Dates Announced for Paris France Temple: First temple in France", Newsroom, LDS Church, 2016-11-07
  10. ^ "Paris France Temple Is Dedicated: First French temple is the 156th worldwide", Newsroom, LDS Church, 2017-05-21
  11. ^ Stack, Peggy Fletcher. "All Latter-day Saint temples to close due to coronavirus", The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 March 2020. Retrieved on 28 March 2020.

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