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  • The city of Paris is practically synonymous with France.

  • It’s not only the seat of government, but also the country’s capital of commerce,

  • culture, and tourism.

  • So, what is the history of this iconic city?

  • Well, the origins of Paris can be traced back to 250 BC, when a Gallic Tribe calledParisii

  • settled on an island in the middle of the Seine River.

  • After the island became a popular trading hub, the Romans took over around 52 BC, and

  • expanded it along the left bank building baths, forums and amphitheaters.

  • By the end of the 12th century and long after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, Paris

  • became the center of France.

  • The area to the right of the Seine River, better known as the Right Bank, grew into

  • a thriving business hub, while the Left Bank earned a reputation as the intellectual district,

  • housing the University of Paris.

  • In the late 18th Century, just after the French Revolution, infamous military commander Napoleon

  • Bonaparte seized power.

  • Over the course of about a decade, he improved Parisinfrastructure and, to celebrate

  • France’s military achievements, erected a number of iconic monuments, including the

  • Arc de Triomphe.

  • His nephew and heir, Napoleon III, built out the city even more, creating wide boulevards,

  • a huge opera house, a central market, public parks and a sewer system.

  • He also divided Paris into twenty arrondissements, or districts, and expanded it to its current

  • limits.

  • The city’s newfound prominence made it an ideal host for multiple world’s fairs, attracting

  • huge numbers of visitors.

  • These symposiums led to the construction of the Eiffel Tower, Paris Metro and the Grand

  • Palace.

  • By this time, the city’s population had grown to nearly three million people, and particular attracting

  • artists and aristocrats from around the world.

  • Paris was the city of choice for painters like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Henri

  • Matisse, as well as writers, like James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott

  • Fitzgerald.

  • Fauvism, cubism, Impressionism and abstract art all saw their beginnings in Paris.

  • Today, greater Paris is home to roughly 12 million people, or nearly 20 percent of France’s

  • total population.

  • There’s no question that Paris plays a decisive role in making France the most visited country

  • in the world.

  • The city remains a hub for food, commerce and culture, with world-renowned destinations

  • like Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, the Luxembourg Gardens and the Champs Elysees.

  • The Eiffel Tower alone sees more than seven million tourists every year.

  • Tourism has, in part, made the city an economic powerhouse as well.

  • At nearly $700 billion dollars, Paris’s GDP surpassed even the entire country of Saudi

  • Arabia.

  • Parisenduring popularity and rich history make it one of the most sought-after, and

  • perhaps most romantic, cities in the world.

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  • With its large population and booming economy, there’s no question Paris is one of the

  • most dominant cities in Europe.

  • But what about France as a whole?

  • How Powerful is France?

  • Find out in this video.

  • France is also a full NATO member and a founding member of the European Union, and they hold

  • a lot of influence over the world's economy.

  • 14 African nations use a form of currency called the CFA Franc, which has direct ties

  • to France's national bank.

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