Gennevilliers is a French town with 41,930 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2011) on the Seine northwest of Paris. It belongs to the department of Hauts -de -Seine in the Ile- de -France region. The inhabitants are called Gennevillois.


In the area of Gennevilliers traces of the first settlement have already been found from the Neolithic period. Also show Celtic, Roman and Merovingian coins found a continuous settlement at this point. The Seine has played a major role in the development of Gennevilliers through the centuries. Agriculture, animal husbandry, fishing and hunting formed the economic basis. Until the establishment of its own parish in 1302, the area of Gennevilliers Asnières belonged to.

1740 and 1910 Gennevilliers was severely damaged by dam failures due to flooding. In 1746 the Duke of Richelieu here by Servandoni build a castle. There he received Maria Leszczyńska, Louis XV. and Madame de Pompadour to hunting parties in the nearby woods. In this castle Beaumarchais wrote the play The great Day or The Marriage of Figaro.

End of the 19th century visited numerous Impressionists ( Cezanne, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Renoir and Alfred Sisley ) Gennevilliers, where the family Manet and the painter Gustave Caillebotte lived. It was here, as in the opposite Argenteuil, many of their works.

The industrial development of Gennevilliers did not begin until the early twentieth century. By connecting to the railway network Gennevilliers 1909, became the industrial center of the region. Especially suppliers to the automotive industry settled here. In the 1920s and 1930s, the more rural municipality into more of a workers' city, which was accompanied by an influx of new residents from all over France and North Africa. Today, the independent municipality has merged as a suburb of Paris.


Due to the good infrastructure and the proximity to the French capital Gennevilliers is an important industrial center of the region. It is the site of the largest inland port in the Ile- de -France. Among the transhipment goods include vehicles, machinery, coal, petroleum products, waste, ores, steel and agricultural products. Gennevilliers is the seat of Prism Media, one of the largest magazine publishers in France.


Gennevilliers is one of the northern termini of the line 13 of the Paris Metro as well as the Line 1 of the Paris tram.


Twin cities of Gennevilliers are

  • Poland Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski in Poland
  • Palestine National Authority Al- Bireh in Palestine
  • Germany Kamen mountain in Germany
  • Italy Imola in Italy
  • Spain La Bañeza in Spain
  • United Kingdom Wirral in Great Britain


  • Auguste Manet (1797-1862), lawyer and Knight of the Legion of Honour, was born in Gennevilliers
  • Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894), Impressionist painter, died in Gennevilliers
  • Isabelle Adjani ( born 1955 ), actress, grew up in Gennevilliers
  • Thierry Vigneron ( born 1960 ), pole vaulter, was born in Gennevilliers
  • Roschdy Zem (born 1965 ), actor and director, was born in Gennevilliers
  • Anthony Langella ( born 1974 ), a cyclist, was born in Gennevilliers
  • Garra Dembele ( born 1986 ), football player, was born in Gennevilliers
  • David N'Gog (* 1989), football player, was born in Gennevilliers

Gennevilliers in painting

Claude Monet: Sailboat at Le Petit- Gennevilliers -

Berthe Morisot Wheatfield at Gennevilliers

Claude Monet: The Seine at Petit Gennevilliers

Gustave Caillebotte: Richard Gallo and His Dog at Petit Gennevilliers