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Largest French urban areas:
Montpellier is growing fastest

By Guy Kervella

2 November 2003: Some 22.8 million French men and women, or 38 per cent of the French population, live in the country’s 20 largest urban areas. Indeed, according to INSEE, the French National Institute for Statistics, all of the 20 largest urban areas in France, with the exception of Valenciennes, expanded in the last decade of the 20th century. Population growth rates of more than one per cent were recorded by Montpellier, Toulouse, Nantes and Rennes. The number of people living in the urban area of Paris expanded by almost 0.3 per cent to more than 10.5 million.

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Rank
Urban area
Population
Changes in the 1990s
1
Paris
10,562,000
+0.29%
2
Lyon
1,598,000
+0.65%
3
Marseille-Aix
1,398,000
+0.43%
4
Lille
1,108,000
+0.30%
5
Toulouse
917,000
+1.57%
6
Bordeaux
882,000
+0.67%
7
Nantes
674,000
+1.11%
8
Strasbourg
557,000
+0.79%
9
Nice
557,000
+0.35%
10
Grenoble
505,000
+0.63%
11
Rennes
484,000
+1.32%
12
Toulon
478,000
+0.54%
13
Rouen
470,000
+0.26%
14
Montpellier
446,000
+1.86%
15
Nancy
396,000
+0.11%
16
Tours
368,000
+0.11%
17
Valenciennes
368,000
-0.04%
18
Grasse-Cannes-Antibes
365,000
+0.69%
19
Clermont-Ferrand
352,000
+0.36%
20
Caen
346,000
+0.73%



World Mayor 20/21

The best Mayors for Stronger | Fairer | Greener cities. Elect your candidate for the 20/21 World Mayor Prize and Honours. The Prize has been awarded since 2004.