The Nationale station is located in southern Paris' 13e. It serves metro line 6 in fare zone 1.
The station's name is in commemoration of the long history of the National Guard, particularly the role it played in the storming of the Bastille and the French Revolution.
The station is near a spot that Victor Hugo used in Les Miserables where their used to be streets of tanneries. It is now mostly residential in nature and includes Chinatown, many high rise apartment buildings, and the home of the Bibliotheque Francois Mitterand.
Nationale is also close by the Rive Gauche district, which is being set up to compete with the la Defense business district. Over the next 10 years many important businesses will be moving into the area.