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Paris, France's capital and biggest city, is situated in the country's north-central region. People lived on the current city's site before 7600 BCE, which is located along the Seine River about 233 miles (375 km) upstream from the river's mouth on the English Channel. The contemporary metropolis has extended well beyond both banks of the Seine, beginning on the island.
Paris is located in the fertile agricultural region known as the Paris Basin, and it is one of the eight departments that make up the administrative territory of Île-de-France. It is by far the most significant commercial and cultural centre in the country. The city has an area of 41 square miles (105 square kilometres), and the metropolitan region has an area of 890 square miles (2,300 square km). The city has a population of 2,265,886 (2012), while the urban agglomeration has a population of 10,858,000 (as of 2015).City attractions include: