Paris Paris is the capital and most-populous city of France.
Situated on the Seine River, in the north of the country, it is in the centre of the Île-de-France region, also known as the région parisienne, "Paris Region".
The City of Paris has an area of 105.4 square kilometres (40.7 square miles) and a population of 2,273,305 people within its city limits, It has the most populous urban area in the European Union.
The Paris Region covers 12,012 square kilometres (4,638 square miles), and has its own regional council and president.
It has a population of 12,005,077 as of January 2014, or 18.2 percent of the population of France.
Paris was founded in the 3rd century BC by a Celtic people called the Parisii, who gave the city its name.
By the 12th century, Paris was the largest city in the western world, a prosperous trading centre, and the home of the University of Paris, one of the first in Europe.
In the 18th century, it was the centre stage for the French Revolution, and became an important centre of finance, commerce, fashion, science, and the arts, a position it still retains today.
The Paris Region had a GDP of €612 billion (US$760 billion) in 2012, accounting for 30.1 percent of the GDP of France, and ranking it as one of the wealthiest five regions in Europe; it is the banking and financial centre of France, and contains the headquarters of 30 companies in the Fortune Global 500.
Paris is the home of the most visited art museum in the world, the Search with google:LouvreLouvre , as well as the Search with google:Musée d OrsayMusée d Orsay , noted for its collection of French Impressionist art, and the Search with google:Musée National d Art ModerneMusée National d Art Moderne , a museum of modern and contemporary art.
The notable architectural landmarks of Paris include the Search with google:Notre Dame CathedralNotre Dame Cathedral (12th century); Search with google:Sainte-ChapelleSainte-Chapelle (13th century); the Search with google:Eiffel TowerEiffel Tower (1889); and the Search with google:Basilica of Sacré-Cœur on MontmartreBasilica of Sacré-Cœur on Montmartre (1914). In 2013 Paris received 29.3 million visitors, making it one of the world's top tourist destinations.
Paris is also known for its fashion, particularly the twice-yearly Paris Fashion Week, and for its haute cuisine, and three-star restaurants.
Most of France's major universities and grandes écoles are located in Paris, as are France's major newspapers, including Search with google:Le MondeLe Monde , Search with google:Le FigaroLe Figaro , and Search with google:LibérationLibération .

Paris's Notable Births
1934 September 28
Brigitte Bardot, actress (born at Paris,France) Libra
1943 October 22
Catherine Deneuve, actress (born at Paris,France) Libra
1840 November 14
Claude Monet, painter (born at Paris,France) (dead 1926 December 05) Scorpio
1834 July 19
Edgar Degas, painter (born at Paris, France) (dead 1917 September 27) Cancer
1832 January 23
Edouard Manet, painter (born at Paris, France) (dead 1883 April 30) Aquarius
1990 April 15
Emma Watson, actress(Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson) (born at Paris,France) Aries
1848 June 07
Paul Gauguin, painter (born at Paris, France) (dead 1903 May 08) Gemini
1966 November 17
Sophie Marceau, actress (born at Paris,France) Scorpio
1922 January 13
Search with google:Albert LamorisseAlbert Lamorisse , movie director, producer, writer (born at Paris,France) (dead 1970 June 02) Capricorn
1962 April 08
Search with google:Alberto AngelaAlberto Angela , Paleoantropologo, Conduttore TV (born at Paris, France) Aries
1931 October 25
Search with google:Annie GirardotAnnie Girardot , actress (born at Paris,France) (dead 2011 February 28) Scorpio
Paris's Notable Deaths
1920 January 24
Amedeo Modigliani, painter,sculptor (dead at Paris,France) (born 1884 July 12) Cancer
1917 September 27
Edgar Degas, painter (dead at Paris, France) (born 1834 July 19) Cancer
1883 April 30
Edouard Manet, painter (dead at Paris, France) (born 1832 January 23) Aquarius
1863 August 13
Eugene Delacroix, painter (dead at Paris, France) (born 1798 April 26) Taurus
1967 June 29
Jayne Mansfield, actress (dead at Orleans Parish, Louisiana,USA) (born 1933 April 19) Aries
1996 December 19
Marcello Mastroianni, actor (dead at Paris,France) (born 1924 September 28) Libra
1992 May 06
Marlene Dietrich, actress, singer (dead at Paris,France) (born 1901 December 27) Capricorn
1997 March 15
Victor Vasarely, artist (dead at Paris,France) (born 1906 April 09) Aries
2011 February 28
Search with google:Annie GirardotAnnie Girardot , actress (dead at Paris,France) (born 1931 October 25) Scorpio
1642 December 04
Search with google:Cardinale RichelieuCardinale Richelieu , cardinale,politician (Armand-Jean du Plessis) (dead at Paris,France) (born 1585 September 09) Virgo
1793 February 06
Search with google:Carlo GoldoniCarlo Goldoni , Commediografo (dead at Paris,France) (born 1707 February 25) Pisces

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