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Carte Paris Ile-de-France
Flag region Paris Ile-de-France

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Region Paris Ile-de-France
Departement Hauts-de-Seine
Postal code 92500

Elevation 24-138 m
land area 15 km2
Population 78,145 (2007)
Density 5,374 /km2
Rueil-Malmaison is a western suburb of Paris in the Hauts-de-Seine department of France. It is located only a few kilometres from the centre of Paris. Its proximity to Paris, and its good transport links make it a popular suburb for those working in Paris and also tourists wishing to visit Paris, but stay out of town. It has attractive streets with fine buildings and a strong historical link to Napoleon. There are good hotels, bars and restaurants, as well as small shops and a french market.

The original name for Rueil-Malmaison was Rueil, the roots of the name comes from Celtic and Old French. In 1928, the name of the commune officially became Rueil-Malmaison in deference to the Chateau de Malmaison. This was the home of Josephine De Beauharnais, the first wife of Napoleon and is now a popular toursit attraction. This became the home of Napoleon upon his marriage to Josephine.

The name Malmaison comes from Medieval Latin It has been translated as "ill-fated domain" possibly referring to the fact that Vikings are recorded as attacking and destroying a royal residence that was located on this site in 846.

When Josephine died in 1814, she was buried at the nearby Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul church., in the centre of the city.

The Swiss Guard was formed by Louis XIII in 1616 and in 1756 Louis XV commissioned the architect Axel Guillaumot to build the barracks at Rueill. The barracks have been a classified historic monument since 1973. The Swiss Guard was a victim of the French Revolution.

Napoleon had a close connection and affection for the town. This is very much in evidence in the Municipal Museum of the History of Rueil-Malmaison. Napoleon’s personal connection with Rueil-Malmaison enabled Rueil-Malmaison to thrive under the Second Empire.

Rueil-Malmaison offers a very practical location with good public transport. The town centre is friendly and lively with its regular markets and family feel.

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