PARIS IS NOT ONLY the capital city of FRANCE, it is also the largest city in the country.
The census of 1999 showed that although the city itself, which covers 40.5 square mi (105 square km), is relatively demographically small by world standards, having a population of about 2.15 million, the greater Paris metropolitan (aire urbaine de Paris) population is significantly larger.
In 1999, it was shown to be almost 11.2 million people.
In terms of its administration, the city of Paris is broken into 20 districts or arrondissements that are each governed by elected councils.
Each arrondissement has its own mayor, and some local council members are also members of the Council of Paris, which serves as a municipal government and general council of the Paris departement (Paris political region).
Today, Paris is not only at the forefront of the French economy but also that of Europe.
With its many skyscrapers in the La Defense area, Paris has a financial core that can rival that of other European powerhouses.
Much of the city's industry is based in the service sector and many multinational companies can be found within the city.
Paris has a long history-the name being derived from the Parisis peoples, a Gallic tribe who resided in the area at the time of the Roman conquest in 52 B.C.E.
Upon invading France, the Romans named the Parisis settlement Lutetia, "marshy place," although within a handful of decades the settlement had another new name, Paris.
Historically, Paris has centered upon a small island within the Seine River that is known as the Ile de la Cite, today the site of the Notre Dame Cathedral, while urban development first took place on the left bank (rive gauche) of the Seine, which meanders through the settlement.
While the history of the city is long and at times bloody, it should be understood that the settlement's prosperity from the Middle Ages was closely tied to trade and cultural developments.
From this age, the city has become known as an intellectual center that was highlighted from as early as 1257 with the founding of Sorbonne University (formerly known as the University of Paris).
However, Paris is almost equally famous for its turbulent history, none more so than during the French Revolution (1789), the Franco- Prussian siege (1870), the Paris Commune (1871), and World War II (1939-45).
Topographically, Paris is generally flat because it lies on the former flood plain of the Seine River, although a number of prominent hills exist within its bounds.
These include the hills of Belleville and Montmarte, the latter area famous for impressionist painting during the late-19th century and for the Basilica of the Sacre Coeur, which can be seen from almost all areas of the city.
In terms of sophistication and art, few cities can match Paris and many of its museums are world famous for their collections.
Visually, too, few cities can compare with Paris, with its large classical buildings scatterered throughout the city and the vast sways of buildings erected alongside braod boulevards under the redevelopment project of Baron Georges-Eugene Haussmann during the 1850s and 1860s.
- Is it possible to go on vacation to Turkey following the shocks
"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs denies the information that recently emerged saying that the Ministry is planning to ban Russians to enter the country.
There were two explosions that took place in Ankara during the meeting for peace between the Turkish authorities and Kurdistan Workers Party. The terrorist attack claimed the lives of 95 people and 250 people got injured.
Following the attack national media channels have reported that the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs started elaborating recommendations for the Russians not to visit the country which has experienced the terror attacks.
However, on Sunday the rumors were denied by the media saying that this information is found to be untrue.
Experts believe that such decision is justified. Terror attacks took place in the Turkish capital, which is seldom visited by Russians or is not visited at all. Our citizens more often spend their holidays at the Mediterranean Sea resorts or in Istanbul, which are far away from Ankara. "
- Police in Dubai again start “hunting” the tourists
"The guards will be picking up the kissing tourists.
It is reported that the more Dubai city becomes popular year after year the more tourists come to the Emirates who are not so obedient to Islamic law. The UAE authorities decided to fight for its citizens who are offended by tourists who allow themselves to kiss in public places. In order to explain to the country’s guests that such a behavior is not acceptable the Emirates authorities will make up a project named “Welcome to UAE”.
Resulting this campaign the billboards will be posted throughout the city demonstrating the standards of decency and the authorities will also share law booklets to the foreigners. It is planned that tourists will be able to get such booklets at the malls and coasts. Taxi drivers and hotel staff will have to pass a special training so that they could then explain tourists the rules of conduct in the country.
It is stated that a street kiss in Dubai is punished by a big fine, however, the police seldom fines the tourists, usually the issue ends up with just a simple warning. "