Paris is the capital of France and located in the heart of Europe.
France is virtually the only Western European country where life is so strongly oriented towards the capital.
Here, all major administrative bodies, headquarters of banks and companies and the population are crowded together in a small space. Almost one in five French people lives in Greater Paris.
Paris is more than just a capital – it is a global city, metropolis and economic centre.
For the French, Paris is the heart and head of France.
“Paris is distinguished by its art, life, elegance, diversity, food. Everything is celebrated and enjoyed to the full.”
“Yes, ‘Joie de vivre Parisienne’, the joy of living in Paris, is a way of life people here cherish.”