Suresnes, city (1990 pop. 36,950), Hauts-de-Seine dept., N central France, a residential and industrial suburb of Paris. Its manufactures include automobiles, aeronautic equipment, and pharmaceuticals. In 1593 a conference in Suresnes between Catholics and Protestants led to the adoption of Catholicism by Henry IV. In one section of the city is Mt. Valérien, which has a commanding view of the Parisian countryside and a fort that has been crucial in the defense of Paris.

Suresnes is a commune in the western suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 9.3 km. (5.8 miles) from the center of Paris. It is one of the most densely populated municipalities in Europe. The nearest communes are Neuilly-sur-Seine, Puteaux, Rueil-Malmaison, Saint-Cloud and Boulogne-Billancourt. It is also on a tram line giving access to La Defense and its rail services.

Fort Mont-Valérien (Mémorial de la France Combattante) is situated in this commune.


Suresnes is served by Suresnes – Mont-Valérien station on the Transilien La Défense and Transilien Paris – Saint-Lazare suburban rail lines.

The Pont de Suresnes carries the Allée de Longchamp (one of the main traffic arteries) from the Bois de Boulogne over the Seine into the western suburbs of Paris.


Mont Valérien has a beautiful view of Paris and the Eiffel Tower.


In 1974 the Spanish Socialist Workers Party held its 26th Congress in Suresnes (it was illegal in Spain under Franco). Felipe González was elected Secretary General, replacing Rodolfo Llopis Ferrándiz. González was from the "reform" wing of the party, and his victory signaled a defeat for the historic and veteran wing of the Party. The direction of the party shifted from the exiles to the young people in Spain who hadn't fought the Spanish Civil War.


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