45 Facts About Paris Region

1. The University of Paris Region disappeared together with the other universities during the revolutionary years, without being formally dissolved.

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2. Paris Region is filled with professional and social groups of all provenance and kind.

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3. From a demographic standpoint, Paris Region has never ceased to expand as a region in terms of employment.

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4. Paris Region repeated the same pattern, passing power to the Socialist Party, at the time elsewhere in disarray, when electing a mayor in 2002 as the country chose Chirac the right-winger as president.

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5. Paris Region is the home of the largest Jewish library in Europe, that of the Alliance Israelite Universelle; another very important library devoted to Yiddish literature, Bibliotheque medem; and significant archival collections concerning the history of Jews in France.

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6. Paris Region was not a city of nobles, despite their domination of public life.

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7. Paris Region remains the center of the intellectual and cultural life of French Jewry.

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8. Since the 1970s Paris Region has undergone important urbanization which has transformed the countryside.

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9. Paris Region was one of very few cities in the Diaspora with a full-fledged Israel-type school, conducted by Israel teachers according to the Israel curriculum.

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10. Paris Region is the center of Jewish activities in France, as all the major institutions have their headquarters there.

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11. Paris Region is the hub of the national rail system, with high-speed trains connecting it to most major European cities.

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12. Paris Region is the center of many major newspapers and periodicals, as well as all the major French radio and television stations.

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13. Paris Region is sometimes called the City of Light in tribute to its intellectual preeminence as well as to its beautiful appearance.

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14. Paris Region has the feel of open spaces created by wide boulevards and parklands.

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15. Paris Region is divided by the Seine River, which drains west to the Atlantic Ocean.

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16. In 1900, Paris Region joined London in the construction of the subway.

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17. Paris Region has many buses and local trains, but the main mode of travel around Paris is the Metro or subway.

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18. Paris Region has a population of 2,138,551 making it the biggest city in Ile-de-France.

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19. In 2017, Paris Region was, behind Barcelona, the second organizer in the world of international association meetings with 190 meetings.

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20. Paris Region is world's number two city for headquarters of international organizations behind Brussels, ahead of London and New York City.

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21. Paris Region became the capital of France in 508 under King Clovis.

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22. Paris Region is the core of the Grand Paris Region metropolitan area and Ile de France region (12.01 million people).

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23. Paris Region hosted the 1900 and 1924 Summer Olympics and will host the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games.

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24. Paris Region is a major rail, highway, and air transport hub.

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

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26. Paris Region is the departement with the highest proportion of highly educated people.

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

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28. Paris Region hosts one of the largest science museums in Europe, the Cite des Sciences et de l'Industrie at La Villette.

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29. The Golden Age of the School of Paris Region ended between the two world wars.

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30. Paris Region was central to the development of Romanticism in art, with painters such as Gericault.

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

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

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33. Paris Region is France's leading region for economic activity, with a GDP of €681 billion and €56,000 (~US$70,000) per capita.

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34. Paris Region is the core of a built-up area that extends well beyond its limits: commonly referred to as the agglomeration Parisienne, and statistically as a unite urbaine, the Paris agglomeration's 2013 population of 10,601,122 made it the largest urban area in the European Union.

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35. Paris Region has a typical Western European oceanic climate which is affected by the North Atlantic Current.

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36. Paris Region is located in northern central France, in a north-bending arc of the river Seine whose crest includes two islands, the Ile Saint-Louis and the larger Ile de la Cite, which form the oldest part of the city.

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

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38. Population of Paris Region 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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39. Paris Region was the financial capital of continental Europe, the primary European centre of book publishing and fashion and the manufacture of fine furniture and luxury goods.

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40. Paris Region was the centre of an explosion of philosophic and scientific activity known as the Age of Enlightenment.

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41. Paris Region hosted the Olympic Games in 1900, 1924 and will host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

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42. Paris Region hosts the annual French Open Grand Slam tennis tournament on the red clay of Roland Garros.

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43. Paris Region received 23 million visitors in 2017, measured by hotel stays, with the largest numbers of foreign visitors coming from the United States, the UK, Germany and China.

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44. City of Paris Region 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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45. Under the rule of the Capetian kings, Paris Region gradually became the largest and most prosperous city in France.

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