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Paris (French pronunciation: ​[paʁi] (About this soundlisten)) is the capital and most populous city of France, with an area of 105 square kilometres (41 square miles) and an official estimated population of 2,140,526 residents as of 1 January 2019. Since the 17th century, Paris has been one of Europe's major centres of finance, commerce, fashion, science, and the arts.

The City of Paris is the centre and seat of government of the Île-de-France, or Paris Region, which has an estimated official 2019 population of 12,213,364, or about 18 percent of the population of France. The Paris Region had a GDP of €681 billion (US$850 billion) in 2016, accounting for 31 percent of the GDP of France, and was the 5th largest region by GDP in the world. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit Worldwide Cost of Living Survey in 2018, Paris was the second-most expensive city in the world, behind Singapore and ahead of Zurich, Hong Kong, Oslo and Geneva.

Eiffel Tower and Pont Alexandre III at night
Eiffel Tower and Pont Alexandre III at night

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16 March 2019 – Yellow vests movement
Protests against French President Emmanuel Macron enter a fourth month in Paris. Tear gas is fired at protestors throwing stones at riot police in front of the Arc de Triomphe, news stands are torched at the Champs-Élysées, and a branch of Banque Tarneaud is burned. More than 80 arrests are made. Businesses around the Champs-Élysées are looted. (Reuters)
6 March 2019 – 2018–19 UEFA Champions League
Manchester United defeats Paris Saint-Germain 3–1 in Paris, overcoming a 2–0 home-leg deficit to advance to the quarter-finals with a 3–3 win on away goals. United becomes the first side in the history of the Champions League or European Cup to overcome a first-leg home deficit of 2–0 or greater in a knockout tie. (BBC Sport)

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