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Paris facts: Paris, the capital of France

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.

Paris facts: Paris history

From the Romans to the Vth Republic, Paris has a rich 2000 year history. See details of Paris history.

The French Kings, who governed France, from 448 until 1848, commissioned many beautiful monuments, such as Versailles Palace and the Louvre Museum.

The Catholic Church and Parisians built many great churches, including Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle.

Paris facts: Paris, a world city

Paris is a world capital city of shopping and fashion, with Channel, Dior, Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent among many other top french fashion brands.

The French tradition of good food still prevails in many restaurants, including gastronomic restaurants and excellent family style places.

All of this turns Paris into a unique tourist city.

Paris facts: the capital of France in history

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.

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Reference: http://www.parisdigest.com/information/facts.htm