Le Raincy

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Le Raincy
The town hall of Le Raincy
The town hall of Le Raincy
Coat of arms of Le Raincy
Coat of arms
Paris and inner ring departments
Paris and inner ring departments
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Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Seine-Saint-Denis
Arrondissement Le Raincy
Canton Le Raincy
 • Mayor Éric Raoult
Area1 2.24 km2 (0.86 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 14,321
 • Density 6,400/km2 (17,000/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 93062 / 93340
Elevation 51–114 m (167–374 ft)
(avg. 83 m or 272 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Le Raincy is a commune in the eastern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 13.2 km (8.2 mi) from the center of Paris. Le Raincy is a sub-prefecture of the Seine-Saint-Denis department and the seat of the Arrondissement of Le Raincy.

Its population is small relative to surrounding communes - close to just 13,000 people. However its development as an administrative centre, along with the establishment over the years of a large number of schools, gives it more prominence than its population size would suggest.


In the 17th and 18th century, Raincy was known primarily as location of the Château du Raincy, now demolished. The commune of Le Raincy was created on 20 May 1869 by detaching a part of the territory of Livry-Gargan and merging it with a part of the territory of Clichy-sous-Bois and a small part of the territory of Gagny.


Arms of le Raincy
the arms of le Raincy are blazoned :

Or, an oak tree eradicated vert, overall a fess vair, in dexter base a crescent gules in sinister base a fleur de lys azure, all within a bordure gules.

motto: "Heri Nemus Urbs Hodie" (in French: "Forêt j'étais, Ville je suis" ; in English "Forest I was; City I am".

Notre-Dame du Raincy

The town today receives visitors - mainly to see the Notre-Dame du Raincy church. Designed by the brothers Auguste and Gustave Perret and built in 1922-1923, this was the first church to be built in reinforced concrete, and with no external ornamentation. The architecture is remarkable for the classicism of its columns, greatly enhanced by the stained glass windows of Maurice Denis and Marie-Alain Couturier. The church is listed as an historic monument. It was restored in the 1990s, and is in regular use. Many of the visitors to the church come from Japan, as a smaller replica of Notre Dame du Raincy was built in the Tokyo suburbs.


Le Raincy is served by Le Raincy – Villemomble – Montfermeil station on Paris RER line E.

Twin towns

Le Raincy is twinned with:

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