Courbevoie () is a commune located in the Hauts-de-Seine Department of the Île-de-France region of France. It is in the suburbs of the city of Paris, from the center of Paris. The centre of Courbevoie is situated from the city limits of Paris. La Défense, a business district hosting the tallest buildings in the metropolitan area, spreads over the southern part of Courbevoie (as well as parts of Puteaux and Nanterre).


The name Courbevoie comes from Latin ''Curva Via'' and means "curved highway", allegedly in reference to a Roman road from Paris to Normandy which made a sharp turn to climb the hill over which Courbevoie was built.


Courbevoie is divided into two cantons: Canton of Courbevoie-1 and Canton of Courbevoie-2.


A wooden bridge was built crossing the Seine at Courbevoie by order of King Henry IV when in 1606 his royal coach fell into the river while being transported by ferry. Rebuilt in stone during the eighteenth century, this was replaced by a metal bridge in 1946. The Convent of the Penitents founded in 1658 by Jean-Baptiste Forne was located in Courbevoie until the Revolution of 1789. Also located in the town was the barracks of the Swiss Guard of the monarchy.


Courbevoie is served by two stations on the Transilien Paris – Saint-Lazare suburban rail line: Courbevoie and Bécon-les-Bruyères. Courbevoie is also served by Esplanade de La Défense station on Paris Métro Line 1, in the business district of La Défense. There are also a large number of city buses that come through the bustling La Défense station. When it comes to air transportation, Courbevoie can be served by Paris's Charles de Gaulle Airport as well as Paris-Orly to the south and Beauvais Airport to the north.


Courbevoie has multiple preschools and elementary schools. Junior high schools include: * Collège Alfred de Vigny * Collège Georges Pompidou * Collège Georges Seurat * Collège Les Bruyères * Collège Les Renardières * Collège Sainte Geneviève Senior high schools include: *École européenne Paris La Défense *Lycée Paul Lapie de Courbevoie *Lycée Paul Painlevé Courbevoie *Collège Les renardières et Lycée Lucie Aubrac *Groupe scolaire Montalembert

Notable people

thumb|450px|''Arrival of "la Dorade" at Courbevoie on 14 December 1840'', 1867 by Henri Félix Emmanuel Philippoteaux. Château de Malmaison *Georges Lamothe (1842–1894), composer, pianist and organist *Henri Letocart (1866–1945), organist and composer *Hélène Krzyżanowska (1867–1937), pianist and composer *Albert Gleizes (1881–1953), cubist artist, painter, theorist *Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894–1961), writer *Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894–1986), photographer and painter *Arletty (1898–1992), actress and singer *Roy Benson (1914–1977), stage magician *Louis de Funès (1914–1983), actor and comedian *Henri Betti (1917–2005), composer *Madeleine Kamman (1930–2018), cook, culinary teacher, and author *Jean-Pierre Worms (1934–2019), representative to the French Parliament *Michel Delpech (1946–2016), singer-songwriter *Michel Blanc (b. 1952), actor *Franck Tchiloemba (b.1973), basketball player *Colomba Fofana (b. 1977), athlete *Lamine Kanté (b. 1987), basketball player *Massiré Kanté (b. 1989), footballer *Axel Augis (b. 1990), gymnast *William Rémy (b. 1991), footballer *Yoann Wachter (b. 1992), footballer *Marie-Bernadette Mbuyamba (b. 1993), basketball player

International relations

Courbevoie is twinned with: * Enfield Town (London), United Kingdom * Freudenstadt (Baden-Württemberg), Germany * Beit Mery (Mount Lebanon), Lebanon

Mayors of Courbevoie

*Antoine Le Frique (1800–1818) *Joseph Derbanne (October, 1818 – February, 1826) *Nicolas Rousselot (February 1826 – April 1830) *Jean-Baptiste Chevalier (April 1830 – August 1830) *Constant Grebaut (August 1830 – September 1840) *Désiré Maurenq (September 1840 – 1845) *Constant Grebaut (1845 – 26 August 1865) *Charles Blondel (26 August 1865 – 7 February 1872) *Jean-François Durenne (7 February 1872 – November 1873) *Jean-Baptiste Weiss (November 1873 – 20 February 1874) *Auguste Colas (20 February 1874 – 12 February 1878) *Frédéric Bourgin (12 February 1878 – October 1878) *Auguste Bailly (October 1878 – 19 May 1888) *Antoine Rolland (19 May 1888 – 15 May 1892) *Jules Lefevre (15 May 1892 – 27 January 1894) *François le Chippey (27 January 1894 – May 1896) *Léon Boursier (May 1896 – May 1908) *Charles Mering (May 1908 – December 1919) *Augustin Loiseau (December 1919 – October 1920) *Joseph Victor (October 1920 – May 1925) *Pierre Fouquart (May 1925 – September 1927) *André Grisoni (September 1927 – July 1944) *Gabriel Roche (September 1944 – 26 October 1947) *Marius Guerre (26 October 1947 – 20 December 1954) *Gabriel Roche (26 January 1955 – 15 March 1959) *Charles Deprez (26 March 1959 – 18 June 1995) *Jacques Kossowski (since 25 June 1995)





Total S.A. has its head office in the Tour Total in La Défense and in Courbevoie. Areva has its head office in the Tour Areva in Courbevoie. Saint-Gobain also has its head office in Courbevoie. The headquarters of INPI, the French government office for patents, copyrights, and trademarks, is in Courbevoie.Contact us
at INPI official web site


Image:Courbevoie 4.JPG|Street at the border between Courbevoie and Asnières Image:Georges Seurat 012.jpg|Bridge of Courbevoie, Georges Seurat, 1886–1887

See also

* La Défense business district. * List of tallest structures in Paris * Phare Tower, a 300-meter skyscraper now under construction *Communes of the Hauts-de-Seine department


External links

Courbevoie official website

Courbevoie Community portal

blog about Courbevoie
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