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LYON Lyon traditionally spelt Lyons in English, is a city in east-central France in LYON Lyon traditionally spelt Lyons in English, is a city in east-central France in the Rhône-Alpes region, situated between Paris and Marseille. Lyon is located approximately 470 km (292 mi) from Paris, 320 km (199 mi) from Marseille, 420 km (261 mi) from Strasbourg, 160 km (99 mi) from Geneva, 280 km (174 mi) from Turin. The residents of the city are called Lyonnais.

LYON The population of Lyon is 484, 344 (2010). Together with its suburbs and LYON The population of Lyon is 484, 344 (2010). Together with its suburbs and satellite towns, Lyon forms the largest conurbation in France outside Paris, with a population estimated to be 1, 551, 228 (2010); its overall metropolitan area was estimated to have a population of 2, 118, 132. Its urban region represents half of the Rhône-Alpes region population with 2. 9 million inhabitants. Lyon is the capital of this region, as well as the capital of the smaller Rhône departement.

LYON Lyon was historically known as an important area for the production and weaving LYON Lyon was historically known as an important area for the production and weaving of silk and in modern times has developed a reputation as the capital of gastronomy in France. It has a significant role in the history of cinema due to Auguste and Louis Lumière, who invented the cinematographe in Lyon. The city is also known for its famous light festival 'Fête des Lumières' which occurs every 8 December and lasts for four days, earning Lyon the title of Capital of Lights. Legend says that the Virgin Mary saved the city from the plague and, to thank her, a statue was built. On the day it was erected, the whole city was lit by candles that its citizens had put at their windows. The local professional football team, Olympique Lyonnais, has increased Lyon's profile internationally through participation in European football championships.

MARSEILLE Marseille is the second largest city in France, after Paris, with a population MARSEILLE Marseille is the second largest city in France, after Paris, with a population of 853, 000 within its administrative limits on a land area of 240. 62 km 2 (93 sq mi). The urban area and metropolitan area of Marseille extends beyond the city limits with a population of around 1. 6 million. [1][4][5] Located on the southeast coast of France, Marseille is France's largest city on the Mediterranean coast and largest commercial port. Marseille is the capital of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, as well as the capital of the Bouches-du-Rhône department. Its inhabitants are called Marseillais in French and Marselhés in Occitan.

MARSEILLE Marseille has been designated as European Capital of Culture in 2013. Marseille is MARSEILLE Marseille has been designated as European Capital of Culture in 2013. Marseille is a city that has its own unique culture and is proud of its differences from the rest of France. Today it is a regional centre for culture and entertainment with an important opera house, historical and maritime museums, five art galleries and numerous cinemas, clubs, bars and restaurants. Marseille has a large number of theatres, including la Criée, le Gymnase and the Théâtre Toursky. There is also an extensive arts centre in La Friche, a former match factory behind the St-Charles station. The Alcazar, until the 1960 s a well known music-hall and variety theatre, has recently been completely remodelled behind its original façade and now houses the central municipal library

MARSEILLE The city boasts a wide variety of sports facilities and teams. The most MARSEILLE The city boasts a wide variety of sports facilities and teams. The most popular team is the city's football club, Olympique de Marseille, which was the UEFA Champions League winner in 1993 and finalist of the UEFA Cup in 1999 and 2004.

TOULOUSE Toulouse is a city in the Haute-Garonne department in southwestern France. It lies TOULOUSE Toulouse is a city in the Haute-Garonne department in southwestern France. It lies on the banks of the River Garonne, 150 kilometers from the Mediterranean Sea and 300 from the Atlantic Ocean, and 590 km (366 mi) away from Paris. With 1, 202, 889 inhabitants as of 1 January 2008, the Toulouse metropolitan area is the fourth-largest in France, after Paris (12. 1 million), Lyon (2. 1 million), and Marseille (1. 7 million).

TOULOUSE Toulouse is the centre of the European aerospace industry, with the headquarters of TOULOUSE Toulouse is the centre of the European aerospace industry, with the headquarters of Airbus, Galileo positioning system, the SPOT satellite system, ATR (aircraft manufacturer) and the Aerospace Valley, considered as a global cluster. The city also hosts l'Oncopole de Toulouse, the largest cancer research centre in Europe, the European headquarters of Intel and CNES's Toulouse Space Centre (CST), the largest space centre in Europe. Thales Alenia Space, and Astrium Satellites, EADS's satellite system subsidiary, also have a significant presence in Toulouse. Its world renowned university is one of the oldest in Europe (founded in 1229) and, with more than 119, 000 students, is the third-largest university campus of France after Paris and Lyon.

TOULOUSE City with a typical architecture of Southern France, Toulouse has two historic sites TOULOUSE City with a typical architecture of Southern France, Toulouse has two historic sites added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Canal Du Midi (shared with other cities), since 1996, and the Basilica of St. Sernin under the description: World Heritage Sites of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France, since 1998.

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