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Introduction

Seine and Eiffel Tower from Tour Saint Jacques 2013-08.JPG

Paris (French pronunciation: ​[paʁi] (About this soundlisten)) is the capital and most populous city of France, with an area of 105 square kilometres (41 square miles) and a population of 2,206,488. Since the 17th century, Paris has been one of Europe's major centres of finance, commerce, fashion, science, and the arts.

The City of Paris is the center and seat of government of the Ile-de-France, or Paris Region, which has an estimated official 2018 population of 12,246,234 persons, or 18.2 percent of the population of France. The Paris Region had a GDP of €681 billion (US$850 billion) in 2016, accounting for 31 per cent of the GDP of France. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit Worldwide Cost of Living Survey in 2018, Paris was the second-most expensive city in the world, behind Singapore and ahead of Zurich, Hong Kong, Oslo and Geneva.

Eiffel Tower and Pont Alexandre III at night
Eiffel Tower and Pont Alexandre III at night

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Did you know...

  • ... that as the German army invaded France in 1940, radio station Paris-Mondial began broadcasting "recordings of military marches and panicked appeals for guns, tanks, and planes"?
  • ... that while studying art in Paris, impoverished Canadian painter Henri Beau copied eleven paintings hanging in the Louvre and sold them to support himself?
  • ... that French economist Laurence Tubiana, appointed Special Ambassador to the COP21 climate change meeting in Paris, managed the negotiations that led to a new agreement signed by 195 countries?
  • ... that in 1975, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn visited the Paris office of the YMCA Press and presented an inscribed book thanking the publisher for all his work for Russian culture with them?
  • ... that the Lamar County Historical Museum in Paris, Texas, is home to the Biard Cabin, built in 1846 and now relocated inside the museum structure?
  • ... that when the jazz pianist Michael Wollny was artist in residence of the Rheingau Musik Festival, he played a concert with Andreas Schaerer, Émile Parisien and Vincent Peirani?

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11 November 2018 – World War I centenary
Around 70 world leaders in Paris mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice which ended World War I. (ABS-CBN News)

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