Boulogne-Billancourt is a commune in the western suburbs, and 8 km (5 mi) from the centre, of the French capital Paris.
|Mayor (2020–2026)||Pierre-Christophe Baguet|
|Area||6.17 km2 (2.38 sq mi)|
|Density||19,000/km2 (50,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
With an average household income in 2013 of €47,592, nearly twice the French average of €25,548, Boulogne-Billancourt is one of the wealthiest cities in France.
Boulogne-Billancourt is the most populous suburb of Paris and one of the most densely populated municipalities in Europe. Formerly an important industrial site, it has successfully reconverted into business services and is now home to major communication companies headquartered in the Val de Seine business district.
The original name of the commune was Boulogne-sur-Seine (meaning “Boulogne upon Seine“).
Before the 14th century, Boulogne was a small village called Menuls-lès-Saint-Cloud (meaning “Menuls near Saint-Cloud”). Gradually, the village of Menuls-lès-Saint-Cloud became known as Boulogne-la-Petite, and later as Boulogne-sur-Seine. In 1924, Boulogne-sur-Seine was officially renamed Boulogne-Billancourt to reflect the development of the industrial neighbourhood.
Boulogne-Billancourt is served by two stations on Paris Métro Line 10: Boulogne – Jean Jaurès and Boulogne – Pont de Saint-Cloud.
It is also served by three stations on Paris Métro Line 9: Marcel Sembat, Billancourt, and Pont de Sèvres.
Boulogne-Billancourt hosts the global headquarters of several multinational companies, including:
- Française des Jeux
- Pika Édition
- TF1 (TF1 Tower)
- The Musée Albert-Kahn at 14, rue du Port, Boulogne-Billancourt is a national museum and includes four hectares of gardens, joining together landscape scenes of various national traditions.
- The Musée des Années Trente is a museum of artistic and industrial objects from the 1930s.
The public collèges (middle schools) in the commune include Jacqueline-Auriol, Bartholdi, Paul-Landowski, and Jean-Renoir. The public high schools are the Lycée Jacques-Prévert and the Lycée polyvalent Étienne-Jules-Marey
The private school Groupe Scolaire Maïmonide Rambam covers maternelle through lycée. There is also the private high school Notre-Dame.
The Association Eveil Japon, a supplementary Japanese education program, is located in Boulogne-Billancourt. A campus of the École supérieure des sciences commerciales d’Angers is also located in the city.