Paris is the capital of France, the second largest and most populous city in Europe (after London), as well as the world's fashion capital. With over 30 million foreign visitors per year, it is the world's most visited city.
The population of Paris is approximately of 2,153,600 within city limits (20 arrondissements), and 9.93 million for the Greater Paris. The metropolitan area exceeds 12 million inhabitants, giving it a larger population than 36 of Europe's 45 countries.
The city contributes to a quarter of France's GDP. The district of La Défense is the largest purpose-built business district in Europe, and hosts the head offices of almost half of the major French companies, including 10 of the world's 100 largest companies*.
Paris also hosts many international organizations such as United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), or the Paris Club (an informal group of the 19 richest IMF members).
* namely : Total, BNP Paribas, AXA Group, Société Générale Group, Crédit Agricole, France Telecom, Sanofi-Aventis, EDF, Suez Group and Renault Group.
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