Gentilly, Val-de-Marne

Gentilly is a French town with 16,892 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2011), located in the department of Val -de- Marne and the Ile- de -France region.

Geographical Location

The city is located about four kilometers south of Paris city center. It is bounded on the north by the Paris ring road and to the east by the A6b motorway. The river Bièvre crosses the city underground.


1860 a part of the city was incorporated into Paris and in 1869 a further portion spun off as Le Kremlin -Bicêtre, which she lost three quarters of its surface. The place was since the industrialization of the region in the 19th century, like many other Parisian suburbs also ( banlieue rouge ), a center of labor movement. So come since 1934, with the exception of the German occupation, all the mayors from the ranks of the French Communist Party (PCF ). In the 1970s, many migrant workers from Portugal and Spain, as well as immigrants from the Maghreb settled.


  • The Maison de la photographie Robert Doisneau, one named after the native in Gentilly photographer Robert Doisneau and museum dedicated to the history of photography, which shows changing exhibitions regularly.


Sons and daughters

  • Robert Doisneau (1912-1994), Photographer