Mantes-la-Jolie (informally called Mantes) is a commune in Yvelines department in Ile-de-France region, north-central France. It is situated in the western suburbs of Paris, 48 km (30 miles) from the center of Paris. Mantes-la-Jolie is department's subprefecture and has an area of 9.38 km2 (3.62 ml2). In 2006 the population of Mantes-la-Jolie was 42,370. Mantes-la-Jolie inhabitants are called Mantais.
Originally officially named Mantes-sur-Seine ("Mantes upon Seine"), Mantes-la-Jolie merged with Gassicourt commune in 1930 and the commune born of this merger was named Mantes-Gassicourt. On August 19, 1944 Mantes was the site of the first allied bridgehead across Seine, by General Patton's 3rd Army. On May 7, 1953 the Mantes-Gassicourt commune was officially renamed Mantes-la-Jolie ("Mantes the pretty"), in reference to King Henry IV's letter addressed to his mistress Gabrielle d'Estrees who resided in Mantes: "I am on my way to Mantes, my pretty".
The largest housing project in the district, Le Val-Fourre, is extremely ghettoized, and dominated by immigrants from Maghreb, with the majority of them being Moroccan, and sub-Saharan immigrants. It is the newest district of Mantes, built in the 60s and 70s, home to around 28,000 of the city's nearly 45,000 inhabitants.
The main monument in Mantes-la-Jolie is the Notre-Dame church dating back to 12th century. A previous one was burnt by William the Conqueror along with the rest of town, at the capture of which in 1087 he lost his life. Modern bridges link Mantes-la-Jolie with the town of Limay situated on the other side of the river.
Mantes-la-Jolie is home to small businesses that work on concrete and chemical processing. However, it is inevitably drawn into the economic region of nearby Paris.
Mantes is historically and at present a major center of musical instrument manufacturing. The popular Buffet-Crampon woodwind factory is based in neighbouring city of Mantes-la-Ville.
Highlights: Gothic cathedral
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