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La Defense in Paris is Europe's largest business district and an open air museum of modern sculpture and architecture.

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La Defense business district

La Defense is Europe's largest business district with 3 million m2 of offices and shopping centers.

Altogether, 180 000 white collars work in La Defense, this very modern Paris district five kilometers west of the Arc de Triomphe in downtown Paris city.

The systematic development of La Defense by EPAD in the perspective of the Champs Elysees from 1958 until today is a typical example of parisian planned urban development.

La Defense facts

With 3500 companies and 1500 company headquarters including those of Areva, Axa, Cap Gemini, EDF, GDF Suez, HSBC, Saint Gobain, Societe Generale, Total and Thales, La Defense is a first class European economic powerhorse.

A pedestrian district with underground car traffic, La Defense displays splendid architecture, including famous CNIT and Grande Arche. It is also adorned with many sculptures from famous artists such as Miro, Calder and Cesar. No wonder: La Defense attracts many million tourists and shoppers.

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Business trip to La Defense

You plan a business trip to La Defense business district near Paris. You can stay in a hotel in La Defense, a pleasant pedestrian area with easy connection to Paris.

You can also stay in Paris. We recommend a hotel near Champs Elysees, a lively district connected to La Defense by RER A and metro line 1.

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La Defense shopping

Large and quiet, Les Quatre Temps have 13 000 m2 of stores, plus restaurants and movie theaters. They are one of the best shopping malls in the city bof lights. Les Quatre Temps are open 10am to 8pm Monday to Sunday.

Paris metro: Les Quatre Temps are easily accessible from Paris downtown. Les Quatre Temps are 5' from La Defense Grande Arche metro station plus 10' to Paris by the metro.

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Les Quatre Temps Shopping Mall in La Defense

Les Quatre Temps information

Les Quatre Temps have 250 stores. Many French and international brands are represented.

List of stores of Les Quatre Temps Shopping Mall
List of restaurants at La Defense Shopping Mall
Les Quatre Temps web site
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Les Quatre Temps
15 Parvis de la Defense
92092 Paris La Defense
Tel: +33 (0)1 47 73 54 44


Drone flight over La Defense

La Defense metro station

Paris metro: Defense is a key transport hub: driverless metro line 1 to Paris, RER A to Paris (board RER B in Les Halles to Charles de Gaulle Airport), trains to Versailles.

The travel time from Paris centre (Chatelet Les Halles station) to La Defense by metro is 20'. Normal metro tickets can be used up to La Defense on line 1 only.

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La Defense RER station
La Defense metro station is one of the largest in the city

La Defense history

La Défense is named after the statue La Defense de Paris, erected in 1883 to commemorate the soldiers who had defended Paris during the 1870 Franco-German War.

La Defense is a planned urban development projet that has been from the start managed by EPAD. In 1958, the Esso Tower was built, followed by others which slowly replaced the city's factories and shanties. The CNIT was inaugurated too in 1958. This building is the largest unsupported concrete span enclosed space in the world. Its triangular structure is supported on three points that are 218 meters apart. In 1970, the RER A metro line was opened from La Defense to Paris. The biggest commercial centre in Europe at the time, Les Quatre Temps, was inaugurated in 1981. The Grande Arche was inaugurated in 1989.

After a stagnation in new development in the mid-1990s, La Défense is once again expanding and is now the largest purpose-built business district in Europe.

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