Paris Facts

  • Paris is the capital of France and its largest city with a population of over two million.
  • Paris is France’s main business and financial center. The Paris region is also a major manufacturing region, notably for cars.
  • Paris is famed for luxuries like perfume and fashion.
  • Paris is known for restaurants like La Maree, cafés like Deux Magots and nightclubs like the Moulin Rouge.
  • Paris monuments include the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Beauborg Centre.
  • Paris gets its name from a Celtic tribe called the Parisii who lived there 2000 years ago.
  • The Roman general Julius Caesar said the Parisii were ‘clever, inventive and given to quarreling among themselves. Some say this is true of Parisians today.
  • Paris was redeveloped in the 1850s and 60s by Baron Haussman on the orders of Emperor Napoleon III.
  • Haussman gave Paris broad, tree-lined streets called boulevards, and grand, grey, seven-storey houses.