Paris Nanterre University (French: UniversitÃ© Paris Nanterre), formerly called "Paris X Nanterre" and more recently "UniversitÃ© Paris Ouest Nanterre La DÃ©fense", is a French university in the Academy of Versailles. It is one of the most prestigious French universities, mainly in the areas of law, humanities, political science, social sciences and economics. It is one of the thirteen successor universities of the University of Paris. It is located in the western suburb of Nanterre, in the La DÃ©fense area, the business district of Paris. The university is commonly referred to as Nanterre.