TOP 10 LARGEST CITIES IN FRANCE MEASURED BY POPULATION

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Top 10 largest cities in France

After Russia, Turkey and Germany, France is the country with the most inhabitants of Europe . There are more than 60 million people living in France. About 75% of them live in an urban area. The country has many cities, including many cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants. In this top 10 are the largest cities in France, measured by the population.

10. Lille (Lille)

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In Lille, more than 230,000 inhabitants live. The city is also called Lille. It is a city located in northern France, on the Deule river, near the Belgian border (below the Belgian city of Kortrijk). Lille is the capital of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardy region (formerly Nord-Pas-de-Calais and the Northern Ministry). It is a university city and has a lot of textile industry. There are also many roads in Lille, which makes it an important economic center.

TOP 10 LARGEST CITIES IN FRANCE MEASURED BY POPULATION

9. Bordeaux

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Bordeaux has a population of more than 240,000 inhabitants. The city is located in southwest France.Bordeaux is the capital of the Gironde, former Aquitaine and Nouvelle Aquitaine areas. From the Gascogne region it is the historic capital. Bordeaux is famous for its wines worldwide. Part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Bordeaux is also called ‘La Belle endormie’, which means ‘The clean sleeper’. This name refers to the lush architecture combined with the quiet life in the city. Also ‘Port de la lune’ is a nickname of Bordeaux, ‘Moonhaven’. This refers to the shape of the Garonne, the river that runs through the city. The moon’s logo (three times) can be found in the logo of the city.

8. Montpellier

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In Montpellier, more than 270,000 inhabitants live. You will find the city in southern France. Montpellier is the capital of the departments of Hérault and of (former) Languedoc-Rousillon. Montpellier is a historic student city. It has one of the oldest universities in Europe .

7. Strasbourg

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TOP 10 LARGEST CITIES IN FRANCE MEASURED BY POPULATION

In Strasbourg, more than 275,000 inhabitants live. The city is located on the Rhine, in northeastern France. It is the capital of Alsace and the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region. Strasbourg has suffered from various wars in the past, but has recovered quite well. It is now an important political center. The seat of the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights is located in Strasbourg. Strasbourg is also a university city and it is a center of the food, textile, machinery and motor industry.

6. Nantes

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Nantes has a population of more than 290,000 inhabitants. The port city is located in western France.Near the Loire River flows into the Erdre and the Sèvre. Nantes is the capital of Pays de la Loire and of the Loire-Atlantique department. The city works closely with the nearby city of Saint-Nazaire. Together, the cities form a cultural and economic center of the surrounding areas. Nantes is also a university city.In the port of Nantes mainly raw materials and oil are supplied. The industry in Nantes focuses on the construction of ships and machines. Also, Nantes produces a lot of sugar, beer, canned food, clothing and leather goods. In addition, the city has many oil refineries and petrochemical plants.

5. Nice

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With over 340,000 inhabitants, Nice is on number 5 of this list. The city is located on the Mediterranean Sea in southern France, between the cities of Marseille and Genoa. It is located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region and is the capital of Alpes-Martimes. Nice is a beautiful historic city. Combined with a favorable climate, many tourists come to Nice every year.

4. Toulouse

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Toulouse has more than 450,000 inhabitants. The city is located in southern France. It is located on the river Garonne and is the capital of Haute-Garonne and (former) Midi-Pyrénées. In Toulouse is a very old university from the 13th century. In addition, it also has many other famous historical buildings.Toulouse is also home to Airbus, a major aircraft manufacturer. At the back of Toulouse Airport this plant is located with many assembly halls.

3. Lyon

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Lyon has more than 500,000 inhabitants. The city is located in the east of France and is dominated by two hills, Fourvière and La Croix-Rousse. The famous rivers flow into the Rhône and the Saône in Lyon.It is also the capital of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and of Métropole de Lyon. The historic center of Lyon is listed on UNESCO World Heritage List. It therefore knows many famous historical sights. The seat of the International Police Organization Interpol is located in the city. Lyon is also economically economical.The headquarters of the bank of Credit Lyonnais are located here, the building is called ‘Le Crayon’ (the pencil) because of its shape. And a major branch of the pharmaceutical company Aventis is located in Lyon. In addition, Lyon has many refineries and industry. The residents of Lyon are proud of their city, which appears from Lyon’s slogan: ‘Avant, avant, Lion le melhor!’ meaning “forward, ahead, Lyon the best!”.

2. Marseille

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In the southern French city of Marseille, more than 855,000 inhabitants live. With this huge number, the city is well placed on number 2 of this list. Marseille is the capital of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region and of the Bouches-du-Rhone department. It is located in the Provence region of the Mediterranean Sea and boasts France’s largest trading port. The city has many historical sights, a beautiful beach with islands off the coast. Because there is also a pleasant climate in this area, tourism in Marseille is on its way. From Marseille you can easily reach Paris with a high-speed train. This is why many Parisians bought a second apartment in Marseille. The football club Olympique Marseille is well known. Marseille will also host an important race race (Marseille-Cassis), a major tennis tournament and Marseille Formula 1 race matches (on the Circuit Paul Ricard) each year.

1. Paris

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There are more than 2.2 million inhabitants in Paris. With this head, this city shoots out of the other cities on this list. Paris is the ninth city of Europe , considering the population, but it is seen as one of the four major cities of the world (next to London, New York and Tokyo). Politically, culturally, economically and historically, Paris is of great importance in the world. Paris is the central point of France, leading all major roads to this city. The city is a department and the capital of France. The area of ​​Paris is more than 2700 km². The River Seine divides the city into two parts. Paris covers an area with seven hills, including the famous Montmartre and Montparnasse. Paris is a huge tourist attraction. It houses many famous buildings, including the Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame. Paris is called the city of love or city of light, because of the many romantic , impressive lighting.

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