*French Firms Lease Space Near Dulle

Subsidiaries of two French companies, CIT-Alcatel Inc. and Spot Image Corp., have leased a total of 87,500 square feet in Northern Virginia for their first U.S. headquarters.

The firms chose space in the Dulles International Center and the Reston Branches Office Park because of their proximity to Dulles International Airport, according to the developer, Lee Sammis & Associates Inc.

Spot Image, a subsidiary of Spot Image S.A., has leased a three-story, 32,500-square-foot building in the Reston office park. The firm, which distributes imagery obtained from satellites, will use the building as its American office and computer and photographic facility.

CIT-Alcatel Inc. is temporarily leasing 55,000 square feet at the Dulles Technology Center in Herndon, but will move to the Dulles International Center when construction is completed on its corporate headquarters. CIT-Alcatel designs and distributes equipment for its parent company, Alcatel S.A., a manufacturer of digital switching systems for telephones.

Other recent developments in commercial realty in the Washington metropolitan area:

*A. G. Van Metre Associates Inc. moved its corporate headquarters to a 15,000-square-foot building in Kings Park of the Burke Professional Center near the intersection of Braddock and Rolling roads in Burke.

*Data Systems Marketing broke ground on a 40,000-square-foot general office, laboratory and warehouse facility at Collington Center and the Foreign Trade Zone in Maryland.