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The name "Paris" is derived from its early inhabitants, the Celtic Parisii tribe. Paris is often referred to as "The City of Light" (La Ville Lumière), both because of its leading role during the Age of Enlightenment, and more literally because Paris was one of the first European cities to adopt gas street lighting. Paris is famous for its many highlights: monuments, museums, restaurants, fashion and its city landscape at the Seine. Located in the northern part of France, Paris is the French historic, political and economic capital with a population of only 2.5 million. The Paris Region had a GDP of €624 billion (US $687 billion) in 2012, accounting for 30.0 percent of the GDP of France, and ranking it as one of the wealthiest regions in Europe; it is the banking and financial centre of France, and contains the headquarters of 29 of the 31 French companies ranked in the 2015 Fortune Global 500.


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         Eiffel Tower                               Arc de Triomphe                                The Louvre