An article by Vokya D, added on 23 November 2023 2 min. reading

The history of Roissy-en-France is revealed through the pages of the latest work by Henri Houmaire, a local history enthusiast. His book, entitled “Roissy-en-France, the astonishing History of the Village,” traces the captivating journey of this small, nestled village which gave its name to the airport, from the Gaulish era to the present day.

Roissy-en-France. The Amazing History of the Village, 2023 Henri Houmaire

An epic through the centuries

Henri Houmaire, driven by his passion for history, guides us through the twists and turns of time, exploring the evolution of Roissy-en-France over the centuries. From the Gaulish era to the present day, the author offers a immersive dive into the village's past, revealing anecdotes, significant events and unexpected metamorphoses.

Roissy-en-France before the airport: a life in uncertainty

March 13th, 1974, marked a major turning point with the landing of the first commercial plane at Charles de Gaulle Airport. Before this opening, the inhabitants of Roissy-en-France experienced a decade of uncertainty. The prospect of having such a noisy neighbor raised questions about the viability of daily life. Today, Roissy has transformed into a popular rest stopover for million travelers.

The resilience of a “Old France” village

Despite the challenges and major changes, Roissy-en-France has preserved aspects of the “Old France” by his picturesque architecture and his refusal to own a railway station. Its exceptional history, before the construction of the airport, reveals the resilience of a village which could have disappeared from the local landscape.

Henri Houmaire's book, with 178 pages, offers a unique testimony to the history of Roissy-en-France. Available at the price of €25, you can purchase this captivating book at our Roissy-en-France Tourist Office. Immerse yourself in this enriching read and explore the historic streets of this village with an extraordinary destiny.