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Largest and capital city of France

  • Paris is actually not the city's original name. Its original name is Lutetia Parisiorum. Its settlers called it Celts which later changed to Parisii.
  • The city is also known as the Capital of Romance.
  • It is situated on the river Seine.
  • It was the largest city in the Western world for about 1,000 years, prior to the 19th century, and the largest in the entire world between the 16th and 19th centuries.
  • It hosts the headquarters of many international organizations such as UNESCO, the OECD, the International Chamber of Commerce or the informal Paris Club.
  • It is considered one of the greenest and most liveable cities in Europe.
  • It is sixth largest city economy in the world.
  • 33 of the Fortune Global 500 companies have an office in Paris.
  • Paris region has the highest concentration of higher education students in the European Union.
  • The city and its region contain 3,800 historical monuments and four UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Roman ruins still exist in Paris.
  • Adolf Hitler visited the city in 1940.
  • Paris offers a bike sharing system called Velib' with more than 20,000 public bicycles distributed at 1,450 parking stations, which can be rented for short and medium distances including one way trips.
  • Emile Zola, the great advocate of science and rationalism, was afraid that the Eiffel Tower would alter the weather and attract thunderstorms to Paris.
  • Modern nighttime photos of the Eiffel Tower aren't legally publishable without the permission of the Eiffel Tower's operating company SETE.
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