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Fontenay-sous-Bois is a commune in the eastern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 9.3km from the center of Paris.NameThe name Fontenay was recorded in the Middle Ages as Fontanetum, meaning "the springs", from Medieval Latin fontana ("natural spring").The commune was known alternatively as Fontenay-les-Bois (meaning "Fontenay by the woods"), Fontenay-sur-le-Bois (meaning "Fontenay over the wood"), or Fontenay-sous-Bois (meaning "Fontenay under wood"), but eventually in the early 19th century the latter name of Fontenay-sous-Bois became the only name. The wood referred to in the name of the commune is the Bois de Vincennes.HistoryIn 1929, the commune of Fontenay-sous-Bois lost more than a third of its territory when the city of Paris annexed the Bois de Vincennes, a large part of which belonged to Fontenay-sous-Bois.FountainThe Rosettes fountain was lost during World War II. Years later, it was found by chance in a market in the South of France; the town of Fontenay-sous-Bois recovered it, and re-installed it in the place where it can be seen today.TransportFontenay-sous-Bois is served by Fontenay-sous-Bois station on Paris RER line A.It is also served by Val de Fontenay station, which is an interchange station on Paris RER line A and RER line E.In the build up to your vacation in Fontenay-sous-Bois, plan trip itinerary minutiae using the visitor reviews, staff write-ups, and custom search fields on our France vacation trip planner.
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