Paris

The capital of France

Paris, the capital of France, has a population of two million and is one of world’s most visited cities. However, the greater Paris area is much more populated and the Ile-de-France region, which includes Paris, has 12 million inhabitants.

When it comes to diplomacy,

Paris is home to the headquarters of international organizations such as UNESCO, the OECD and OIF. Many international events have taken place in Paris:

including the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, the Paris Agreement in 2015, the One Planet Summit in 2017, and the Seventh Session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Plenary. 

The Paris Peace Forum, an international event focused on global governance and multilateralism issues created in 2018 by President Emmanuel Macron, is now held annually in Paris.

In terms of tourism,

Tourism is important to the economy of Paris and the Ile-de-France region.

With its four sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, Paris, known as the City of Light, has many monuments that attract the masses. Montmartre, the Eiffel Tower, Centre Pompidou, Musée du Louvre, Musée d’Orsay.

Notre Dame Cathedral, which was the most visited monument until 2018, is currently being repaired after being greatly damaged by a fire on 15 and 16 April 2019. It can still be admired from the banks of the Seine.

World capital of luxury and gastronomy

Dating back two thousand years, first home to a Gallic tribe known as the Parissi and later becoming the Gallo-Roman city of Lutetia and ending up an important urban hub in the 21st century, Paris is also a global capital of luxury goods and gastronomy.

Each of its quarters has its own identity, from the village of Montmartre to the Latin Quarter by way of the Ile de la Cité, where the city first emerged. And every stone speaks to us of art, from the centuries-old Musée du Louvre to the futuristic Fondation Louis Vuitton. When visiting Paris, it’s important to try living as Parisians do because the city is a never-ending party of culture and gastronomy!

It’s best to start at the Ile-de-la-Cité, the birthplace of ancient Lutetia. This is where the Notre Dame de Paris is located, the gem of Gothic art that has watched over the Seine for more than 850 years. In the nearby Latin Quarter, Classical Antiquity history can be discovered in vestiges of the Thermes de Cluny Roman Baths or the Arènes de Lutèce, while streets, such as Rue Mouffetard, evoke the Middle Ages. Its village atmosphere can be enjoyed with its cafés and vendors selling authentic French products.

Montmartre is another Parisian village. The climb up the Butte de Montmartre leads to the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. From its dome, the view of Paris is as spectacular as the one from the Eiffel Tower.

The Jardin des Tuileries, the quintessential French garden, is a perfect starting point for an art-filled walk. Strolling through, statues by Maillol and Rodin can be enjoyed before exploring the extensive collections of the Musée du Louvre on one end. On the other end is the Grand Palais with its many exhibitions. The view from the Place de la Concorde is wonderful of the Avenue des Champs Élysée, stretching across nearly two kilometres of outdoor cafés and chic restaurants all the way to the Arc de Triomphe. Cultural Paris is also full of innovation.

Cultural Paris is also full of innovation.

In the Quartier de la Villette, the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie is one of the largest science museums in Europe and the Fondation Louis Vuitton is a new icon of contemporary art in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne.