Linlithgow is twinned with the French town of Guyancourt, which is situated about twenty kilometers south-west of Paris. In the early 20th century, Guyancourt was just a small village with only a few hundred inhabitants. Although it has expanded dramatically, the old village centre still remains.
Guyancourt is part of the larger new town of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines which was formed to develop the suburbs around Paris. It now has over 29,000 inhabitants and is a thriving modern town.
Guyancourt is also home to the Renault “Technocentre”. This is Renault’s main research and developent centre which employs over 9,000 people.
The town has a very active Twinning Committee (Comité de Jumelage) which has close links to the Town Hall (Mairie). As well as Linlithgow, they are twinned with Pegnitz in Germany and Comè in Benin.
Guyancourt is very close to Versailles and the sumptuous Palais de Versailles, and is well placed for visits to Paris and other places of interest e.g. Chartres and Giverny