Paris has an estimated population of 2,153,600 inhabitants (2005 est.). The Paris urban area has a population of 9.93 million; a vast commuter belt around the same completes the Paris "aire urbaine" (roughly: "metropolitan area") that, with its population of 11.5 million, is one of the most populated areas of its kind in Europe.
The city derives its name from that of its first known permanent inhabitants, the Gallic Parisii tribe. The city became known as Lutetia (/lutetja/) during the first to fifth century Roman occupation, but began to adopt its present-day name towards the end of this period.
Paris has many nicknames, but its most famous is 'The City of Light' (La Ville-lumière), a name it owes both to its fame as a centre of education and ideas and its early adoption of street-lighting. Paris since the early 20th century has also been known in parisian slang as Paname, a slang name that has been regaining favor with young people in recent years.
Paris' inhabitants are known in English as "Parisians" and as Parisiens in French. Parisians are often pejoratively called Parigots by those living outside the Paris Region, but this is a term sometimes considered endearing by Parisians themselves.
Today, Paris is an influential centre in politics, fashion, business, arts and science. The city serves as an important hub of intercontinental transportation and is home to some of the most prominent universities, sport events, opera companies and museums, making it an attraction for over 30 million foreign visitors per year.
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Enjoy a collection of shots of this amazing place!
The most famous monument, the Tour Eiffel...
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...But there's much more
Finally...People in Paris!
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