- Paris has over 2 million inhabitants: 1 in 7 are non-French; population peak in 1921 at 2.9m.
- Around 45 million tourists visit Paris and the Ile de France region annually (half are French).
Most visited are Disneyland (15m), Notre Dame (12m), Louvre (8m) and Eiffel Tower (7m).
Paris got its name from Parisii, a tribe of Gauls who settled on the Ile de la Cite 250-200 B.C.
- It was called "City of Light" due to the artists, writers and sculptors who made Paris home.
- Paris' business district of La Defense is the largest purpose-built business district in Europe.
A German general did not destroy all Paris monuments before retreat, as ordered by Hitler.
- The first establishment to be known as a restaurant was in Paris which has over 8,000 now.
- Paris is home to over 70 museums and 50 theatres; 4.5 million people use the metro a day
- Most Parisians are aged 20-30; 2 x more singles than families; more dogs than children.
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Features of each of the 20 Paris arrondissements which span out in a snail formation clockwise.