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Facts about Paris

  • Country: France
  • City: Capital city and largest city of France
  • Area: Approximately 105 square kilometres / 41 square miles
  • Districts: 20 Arrondissements
  • Population: 2.1 million in the city, 11.1 million in the Ile de France area
  • Language: French
  • Currency: Euro
  • Time Zone: GMT / UTC +1
  • Country dialling code: +33
  • Telephone area code: 01
  • Tourism: approx. 20 million visitors annually

Origin of the name “Paris”

The original Latin name of Paris was Lutetia , or Lutetia Parisiorum. Lutetia was later dropped in favor of only Paris, based on the name of the Gallic Parisi tribe, whose name perhaps comes from the Celtic Gallic word parios, meaning “caldron”, but this is not certain.