About Paris

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Paris is the French capital situated on the river Seine in northern France, at the heart of the Ile-de-France region.

The City of Paris has an estimated population of 2 million within its administrative limits. However the greater Paris area extends well beyond its administrative limits into the suburbs called "banlieues", to reach an estimated population of over 9 and a half million “Parisians". Paris has many different nicknames, but its most famous is "The City of Light" known in French as La Ville Lumière. This nickname was given both for its fame as a center of education and ideas, and its early adoption of street lighting.

Paris is one of the world's leading business and cultural centers and has been an important settlement for more than two millennia. Its many influences include fashion, arts, media, entertainment, science, education and politics. You may also enjoy the famous French cuisine and wine that can be found in many restaurants. Paris also plays host to many different international organizations such as UNESCO.

Paris has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with over 30 million foreign visitors every year. The city takes pride in its numerous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe and The Champs Élysées, to name but a few, as well as popular resorts like Disneyland. Paris combines the attraction of its historical legacy intense cultural, academic, scientific, shopping and business activity. Paris is also well known for its architecture and its city landscape, inherited from the nineteenth century and the Haussmanian famous urban revolution.