Clamart Town Hall
Paris and inner ring départements
|• Mayor (2014–2020)||Jean-Didier Berger (Republicans)|
|8.77 km2 (3.39 sq mi)|
|• Density||6,000/km2 (16,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||64–175 m (210–574 ft)|
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
The town is divided into two parts, separated by a forest: bas Clamart, the historical centre, and petit Clamart with urbanization developed in the 1960s replacing pea fields. The canton of Clamart includes only a part of the commune. The other part of the commune belongs to the canton of Le Plessis-Robinson.
The city name is famous in French gastronomy. A specialty with peas as a side-dish, is called "à la Clamart". Close to Paris and its central marketplace (Les Halles), Clamart's peas were the first of the season.
De Gaulle assassination attempt
On 22 August 1962 the French President Charles de Gaulle was the target of an assassination attempt organised by the French Air Force Lieutenant-Colonel, Jean Bastien-Thiry. As de Gaulle's black Citroën DS 19 sped through Petit-Clamart it was met by a barrage of submachine-gun fire. De Gaulle and his entourage, which included his wife, survived the attempt without any casualties or serious injuries while the attempt's perpetrators were subsequently all arrested and put on trial. The leader of the assassination attempt, Jean Bastien-Thiry, was executed by firing squad after his 1963 conviction, and was the last person to be executed by firing squad in France.
Clamart has multiple primary schools, and attendance is determined by one's residence.
Junior high schools:
- Henri Matisse lived in Clamart before the First World War.
- Roger Cotte (1921–1999), recorder player and musicologists, was born in Clamart.
- Jean Arp lived in Clamart in the 1930s.
- Yasser Arafat died in the Hôpital d'instruction des armées Percy in 2004.
- Jean Bastien-Thiry, leader of 1962 assassination attempt against Charles de Gaulle.
- Nikolai Berdyaev died here in 1948.
- Hatem Ben Arfa was born here in 1987.
- Julien Kapek, athlete.
- Theofan (Bystrov), archbishop and theologian of Eastern Orthodox Church, lived here in 1931.
- Beauford Delaney, an American born artist, moved to the town in 1953.
Twin towns – Sister cities
Clamart is twinned with:
- Lüneburg, Germany since 1975
- Scunthorpe, United Kingdom, since 1976
- Majadahonda, Spain, since 1988
- Artashat, Armenia, since 2003
- Penamacor, Portugal, since 2006
- Communes of the Hauts-de-Seine department
- The statue "La Source" in Clamart is by Pierre Charles Lenoir
- "Populations légales 2017". INSEE. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
- "Objective: De Gaulle", TIME, 9 October 1973
- "2013-2014 perimetre scolaire." Clamart. Retrieved on September 7, 2016.
- "Collège Alain Founier." French Ministry of Education. Retrieved on September 7, 2016.
- Home. Collège Maison Blanche. Retrieved on September 7, 2016.
- Home. Lycée Jacques Monod. Retrieved on September 7, 2016.
- Gertrude Stein, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, New York City: The Bodeley Head, Reprint: London: Penguin Classic, 2001, p. 102
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