Paris is the capital of France, the largest country of Europe with 550 000 km2 (65 millions inhabitants).
Paris has 2.234 million inhabitants end 2011. She is the core of Ile de France region (12 million people).
Founded more than 2000 years ago, Paris is a modern and vibrant city with significant commercial, cultural, academic, scientific, administrative, business activity.
From the Romans to the Vth Republic, Paris has a rich 2000 year history. See details of Paris history.
All of this turns Paris into a
unique tourist city.
Before Paris, the capital of France was Lyon (under the Romans). Paris first became the capital of France in 508 under King Clovis. After centuries with no unique capital of France, Paris retrieved its status of capital of France under King Philippe Auguste, who reigned between 1180 and 1223. You can see remains of the Philippe August Paris walls in the passageway between the Louvre parking and Louvre Museum
Paris remained the capital of France until today, with one four year interruption. During German occupation (WW2 , 1940-1944), the capital of France was Vichy.