Maison Blanche


Europe, France, Paris

Maison Blanche is a station of the Paris Métro, serving Line 7. South of this station, the line forks into two branches, one leading to Villejuif – Louis Aragon and the other to Mairie d'Ivry. The station is under the Avenue d'Italie, between the streets of Rue Caillaux and Rue Bourgon, near the Porte d'Italie, a gate in the former Thiers Wall. It opened as part of a planned section of Line 7, which was temporarily operated as part of Line 10 until the completion of the under-Seine crossing of line 7 from Pont de Sully to Place Monge. On 7 March 1930 the line was extended from Place d'Italie to Porte de Choisy, including Maison Blanche. The station was integrated into line 7 on 26 April 1931. The station is named after the district, which gets it name from a hotel of the same name, which is French for "White House". An extension of line 14 from Olympiades to Maison Blanche is planned, possibly taking over the branch to Villejuif – Louis Aragon. A possible extension of this line to Orly Airport was also announced by the French Government in April 2009.