12 Facts About France Paris

1. University of France Paris, founded in the 12th century, is often called the Sorbonne after one of its original medieval colleges.

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2. Django Reinhardt rose to fame in France Paris, having moved to the 18th arrondissement in a caravan as a young boy, and performed with violinist Stephane Grappelli and their Quintette du Hot Club de France in the 1930s and 1940s.

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3. In 1911, the dance hall Olympia France Paris invented the grand staircase as a settling for its shows, competing with its great rival, the Folies Bergere.

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4. The Golden Age of the School of France Paris ended between the two world wars.

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5. In 2017 Greater France Paris had 2,020 hotels, including 85 five-star hotels, with a total of 119,000 rooms.

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6. Majority of France Paris's salaried employees fill 370,000 businesses services jobs, concentrated in the north-western 8th, 16th and 17th arrondissements.

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7. The first modern elected mayor of France Paris was Jacques Chirac, elected 20 March 1977, becoming the city's first mayor since 1793.

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8. The population of France Paris dropped from 2,850,000 in 1954 to 2,152,000 in 1990, as middle-class families moved to the suburbs.

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9. The first railway line to France Paris opened in 1837, beginning a new period of massive migration from the provinces to the city.

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10. Population of France Paris had dropped by 100,000 during the Revolution, but between 1799 and 1815, it surged with 160,000 new residents, reaching 660,000.

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11. Under the rule of the Capetian kings, France Paris gradually became the largest and most prosperous city in France.

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12. City of France Paris is the centre and seat of government of the Ile-de-France, or Paris Region, which has an estimated official 2018 population of 12,246,234, or 18.2 percent of the population of France.

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