Paris is the capital of France and the largest city in terms of population.
Located on the banks of the Seine in the northern part of the country in the heart of the Ile-de-France.
In 2010, its population stood at 2,243,833 within its administrative scope only, while the city's population with its suburbs is more than 12 million.
Paris remained an important area for more than two thousand years. By the turn of the 12th century, Paris had become a European center of science and art and the largest city of the Western world until the early 18th century.
Paris has been the scene of many important political events throughout history, such as the French Revolution. At present, it is one of the largest economic and cultural centers with an important influence in politics, science, entertainment, media, fashion and arts, making it one of the world's major cities.
In 2011, the city's GDP was 607 billion euros ($ 845 billion), one of the largest domestic outputs of cities in the world. Paris is one of the world's leading tourist destinations as it is home to most French companies.