France

Paris, France

The capital and most important city of France. The population of Paris proper was 2,148,991 in 1990.

The airports of Paris and it's railway stations are the most important ones of the nation.

The Paris metropolitan area dominates the economic, cultural, and political life of the nation.

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.

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.

With an estimated population approaching 10 million, the Paris metropolitan area contains nearly 20 percent of France's inhabitants.

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.

Major cities near Paris:

North-northwest
London
213 miles
North-northeast
Brussels
165 miles
Northeast
Cologne
251 miles
East
Stuttgart
315 miles
North-northeast
Antwerp
188 miles
South-Southeast
Lyon
246 miles
East-northeast
Frankfurt
292 miles
South-Southeast
Marseille
411 miles
East
Munich
427 miles

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