Le Blanc-MesnilLe Blanc-Mesnil () is a commune in the northeastern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 12.6 km from the center of Paris, between Charles de Gaulle Airport and le Bourget Airport.
NameThe name Le Blanc-Mesnil was recorded for the first time in the 11th century as Mansionile Blaun. This name is a compound of Medieval Latin Mansionile, meaning "little houses", from Latin mansio (accusative mansionem), and of Germanic (Old Frankish) blanch, blaun, meaning "glossy, shining, white", which gave French blanc ("white") and English blank.
The name is interpreted by some as a reference to the houses of Le Blanc-Mesnil which were whitened due to the flour dust coming from the windmills located there in ancient times. One researcher, however, thinks that blanc had also the meaning of "free" in Old French, and so the name would mean "free mesnil, free village", perhaps because the villagers had been freed from serfdom. None of these interpretations is certain.
French RevolutionOn 2 December 1792, a third of the territory of Aulnay was detached and became the commune of Le Blanc-Mesnil.
French and international companiesSeveral French companies have their world headquarters in Blanc-Mesnil, such as Forclum and Sicli.
Political lifeThe following political parties have a permanent base in Blanc-Mesnil:
TransportLe Blanc-Mesnil is served by Le Blanc-Mesnil station on Paris RER line B.
Le Blanc-Mesnil is also served by Drancy station on Paris RER line B. This station (formerly called Blanc-Mesnil-Drancy), although administratively located on the territory of the neighboring commune of Drancy, is the closest from the town center of Le Blanc-Mesnil and is thus used by people in Le Blanc-Mesnil.
The bus company provides 17 lines of buses to travel within the city.
Ideally placed at the junction between the A1 and the A3.
2.5 km from Le Bourget airport, 7 km from Charles de Gaulle Airport and 4.5 km from Parc des Expositions de Villepinte, you will be ideally place to get to Parc Astérix and Disneyland as well as the centre of Paris and the Stade de France.
ReligionCatholic churches: Église Notre-Dame, Église Saint-Charles, Église Sainte-Thérèse. Evangelic churches: Charisma Église Chrétienne
EducationThe commune has the following schools: four preschools in the south, seven preschools in the centre of town, and six preschools in the north. It has four elementary schools in the south, six elementary schools in the centre, and six elementary schools in the north.
Junior high schools:
Senior high schools:
The Médiathèque Edouard Glissant/Bibliothèque Jacques Prévert serves as the municipal library.
Parks and gardens
SportsBlanc-Mesnil Sports (BMS), founded in 2005, is the city's sport club.
International relationsLe Blanc-Mesnil is twinned with:
For fifteen years, twinning between le Blanc-Mesnil and Debre Berhan has been based on the development: water sanitation, education, construction of roads. In a rare spirit, that of a collaboration of equal to equal.