Capital of France and the largest city in the country, located in north-central France on the Seine River; an international cultural and intellectual center, as well as the commercial and industrial focus of France.
- In the Treaty of Paris (1783), Britain formally acknowledged the independence of the thirteen colonies as the United States.
- In the 1920s, Paris was home to many artists and writers from the United States and other countries.
- During World War II, German troops occupied the city from 1940 to 1944.
- The city's tourist attractions include the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, and the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris. The Champs Élysées is the most famous of its many celebrated streets, avenues, and boulevards.
- Paris is a center for fashion and design.
- It is called the “City of Light.”