Introduction to Paris
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Getting to Know the Capital City of France
Paris exerts its influence in all domains of French life. From its early history two thousand years ago as a Gallic city called Lutetia, Paris evolved over the centuries as a capital city and a main cultural center of Europe. Today, Parisians are expanding beyond the city center. Learn more about the gradual decentralization of French life, as Parisians move to outlying areas for many reasons. Explore the center of Paris and the twenty arrondissements municipaux, administrative districts. Learn what defines the Left and Right Banks from both a geographic and a cultural perspective.