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France is a large country with relatively few large metropolitan areas. Only 16 French towns and cities have populations of more than 150 000 people. Paris, the capital city of France, is the largest of these and home to roughly 2 million inhabitants. The entire Paris metropolitan area, however, includes more than 11 million people.

Lying roughly 160 km (100 miles) southeast of the English Channel in northern France, Paris is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. In the images above, the Seine River can be seen winding its way through the heart of the city. Urban areas appear gray and purple. The patchwork of green, brown, tan and yellow around the city is primarily farm-land. Note how the city has expanded in the years between 1987 and 2001, reaching ever-further into the surrounding rural areas. View detailed information

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