city, capital of the Hauts-de-Seine departement, Ile-de-France region. Located on the east bank of a loop of the meandering Seine River, and separated from Paris by the suburbs of Puteaux and Neuilly-sur-Seine, Nanterre is a centre for precision foundries and automobile construction and also produces electrical equipment, perfumes, hosiery, paints, and toys. The suburb, less than 3 miles (5 km) west of the city limits of Paris, has grown into an administrative and educational centre. It is the seat of a branch (opened 1971) of the University of Paris and is an episcopal see. It is the traditional birthplace of St. Genevieve (c. AD 422-500), patron saint of Paris. Pop. (1990) 86,627.
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