Massy, Essonne

Massy, Essonne

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Massy, Essonne

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Massy is a commune in the southern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 14.7 kilometres (9.1 mi) from the center of Paris.


Massy underwent rapid development within a short period of time, transforming from a large borough of 6000 inhabitants in 1950 to a town exceeding 37000 inhabitants in 1968. Since then, its population of around 40000 has remained relatively stable.

The inhabitants of Massy are known as Massicois.


Massy is served by two interchange stations on Paris RER line B and RER line C: Massy РVerri̬res and Massy РPalaiseau.

There is also a TGV station, called Massy TGV, which is adjacent to Massy – Palaiseau station and is one of only three specially-built TGV stations in the suburbs of Paris (the two others are at Disneyland Resort Paris and at Charles de Gaulle International Airport).


The etymological origin of Massy is still very dubious. This name could result from the name of an owner of a villa of the Gallo-Roman time, original site of the village. Called Matius or Matheus, the name of his property then village would have been subjected to deformations due to language and the passing of time to become Massy. Located near the road between Paris and Chartres, the villa was undoubtedly built on a height (the Gaudon Mount) and formed the starting point of a human establishment. The argillaceous subsoil explains the formation of a clearing within the forest and the numerous stretches of...
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