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Paris: an enticing European metropolis

Paris, France’s economic hotbed

Paris was founded in the 3rd century by the Celtics who named the city Parisii and has been, since the 12th century, a very rich and affluent trading center. 

Paris is the capital and most populous city of France. With its suburbs, the city is home to about 10 million inhabitants. The capital accounts for about 30% a France’s GDP and is the banking and financial capital of the country. 

Paris and its surroundings, including important business districts such La Défense, Neuilly-Sur-Seine and Levallois-Perret, is France’s leading region for economic activities. Over the years the economy of the city of Paris has shifted from industry to high-value-added services (finance and IT services) and high-tech manufacturing (electronics, optics, aerospace etc.). Today, the city is also home to the headquarters of 29 of the 31 French companies ranked in the Fortune Global 500 including the HQ of Total, BNP Paribas, Peugeot, EDF, Axa and CNP Assurances. 

Paris is also a major transport hub with two international airports located in the outskirts of Paris. The city’s metro system dates back to the beginning of the 20th century and serves 4.5 million passengers every day. 

Paris, a cultural gold mine

Thanks to a long and prosperous history dating back to the first few centuries, Paris is one of the world’s most important cultural centers. 

While living in Paris not only will you be able to discover the fabulous heritage of the past centuries through monuments like the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame Cathedral or the Sacré Coeur Basilica but you will also be able to walk the city and understand where the world's greatest writers and painters such as Voltaire, Balzac or Monet got their inspiration from.

You'll also have the opportunity discover the latest art exhibits, dance shows or music festivals in private mansions and palaces such as the Palais de Chaillot, the Palais de Tokyo or the Louis Vuitton Foundation. You'll also be able to discover world-renowned places such as the Louvre or the Musée d'Orsay.

Paris, both traditional and modern

When walking through Paris, you’ll be able to sense its history thanks to the Haussmann architecture, the narrow streets paved with cobble stones etc. However Paris is also a hotspot for shopping with unique shopping centers such as The Galeries Lafayette located on Paris’ famous Boulevard Haussmann or small boutiques located in the Marais, well-known for its arts galleries and vintage shops. With its many cafés, bistros and world-renowned restaurants such as La Tour d’Argent, France’s capital city is also highly famous for its exquisite cuisine.

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