The capital and most important city of France. The Paris metropolitan area dominates the economic, cultural, and political life of the nation.
With an estimated population approaching 10 million, the Paris metropolitan area contains nearly 20 percent of France's inhabitants. The population of Paris proper was 2,148,991 in 1990.
The centralizing philosophy of successive governments has historically favored the city as the site for all decision making, thus exercising a powerful attraction on virtually all of the nation's activities. Only since the 1960s have attempts been made to reduce the inordinate influence of Paris in French affairs and to strengthen the role of various regions and secondary cities.
Paris is the leading industrial center of France, with about one-quarter of the nation's manufacturing concentrated in the metropolitan area. Principal manufactures are machinery, automobiles and other vehicles, chemicals, and electrical equipment.
The cultural and artistic preeminence of Paris has attracted a large publishing industry and a wide range of luxury manufactures, such as high-fashion clothing (Dior)and jewelry, for which the city is particularly noted. galerieslafayette.com
Most key service activities of the nation, especially banking and finance, are concentrated in Paris. The city has made major efforts in recent years to attract the headquarters of multinational corporations and is now one of Europe's most important centers of international business and commerce.
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See Paris: in March 2003 - in May 2010
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City guide (including airport guide) Pariscope pariserve.tm.fr
Photoalbum: see Paris
Streets of Paris: Av. des Champs Elysees, Av. de l'Opera, Avenue d'Iéna, Avenue Albert de Mun
1928: Bolero (Maurice Ravel)1965: Poupée de cire, poupée de son (France Gall, Serge Gainsbourgh)
1966: Where do you go to my lovely
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