Sarcelles is a city in France and the sub-prefecture of Sarcelles arrondissement in the department of Val -d'Oise with 58 398 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2011 ) on an area of 8.45 km ². It lies on the northern outskirts of Paris and has the oldest large housing estate of Ile- de -France.


While its population was still in the 1950s, at about 8000, this rose to 1962 to about 35,000, surpassing the 50,000 in the late 1960s.

Sarcelles has since the 1960s, a large Jewish Sephardic community, many residents from Black and North Africa as well as from the French Caribbean, and also a significant community of Assyrians ( also called Syrians or Chaldeans ).

As one of the typical Parisian suburbs (French Banlieue ) with Großwohnsiedungen in prefab Sarcelles became a synonym for the isolation of the inhabitants of such anonymous and inhumane environments. The term Sarcellite referred to in French precisely this segment of the population.


Church of Saint- Pierre -Saint -Paul from the 12th century.


  • Hattersheim am Main, Germany, since 1987
  • Netanya, Israel

Famous people

  • Dominique Strauss- Kahn ( former director of the International Monetary Fund ( IMF) ) was from 1995 to 1997 mayor of Sarcelles.
  • Maoua Sanogo ( born 1979 ), French - Ivorian football player