The Armenians of Issy-les-Moulineaux

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Issy-les-Moulineaux is French commune located in the southwestern suburbs of Paris. Armenians make up about 10% of its population, but there are no official statistics. Bourgain Avenue is home to St. Mary’s Armenian Church, consecrated in 1975, along with the Evangelical Armenian Church, which dates back to 1978, and the House of Armenian Culture (Maison de la Culture Arménienne). The Lebanese-Armenian restaurant Chez Bedros is located on Gallieni Boulevard. The Hamaskaïne Tarkmantchatz School, which opened in 1996, the Armenian Genocide memorial, the Armenian Sports Association and the grocery store Erebouni Erevan are all located in the heights of Issy. The Alain Mimoun sports complex is soon due to become the headquarters of Homenetmen Europe.


For local Armenians, the northern part of Clamart, another commune, is an extension of the Armenian neighborhood in Issy-les-Moulineaux. With posters advertising Armenian events covering its shopfront, the grocery store Eniz is a neighborhood institution. The deli Markar offers all sorts of oriental specialties. A bit further away, La Cuisine du Soleil serves delicious Armenian cuisine in a familial ambiance. In the center of Clamart, the fine deli Kilikia is tipped as being one of the best in the Paris area. The khachkar in the Victimes du Génocide Arménien Square dates back to 1993. Further south, the grocery store Ser and the rotisserie Chicken-Up are located in Petit Clamart.


This commune, a few minutes away from Issy, takes its name from a Russian tower that once defended Sebastopol, in Crimea. During the Crimean War (1853-1856) it was stormed by the French army, which came to the rescue for the Ottoman Empire in its war against the Russian Empire. The French victory allowed the Ottoman Empire to maintain its control over numerous towns inhabited by Armenians in Eastern Anatolia. Close to the town hall, the restaurant Nostalgie and the fast-food restaurant Apapat have some Armenian specialties on their menus.


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