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The 50 largest French cities
By Guy Kervella, European Editor

The fact that Paris is the only French city with a population of more than one million inhabitants underlines the continued political economic and cultural dominance of the French capital. While the development of fast transport links such as toll motorways and the TGV super-fast trains have brought cities such as Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse closer to the French capital, they have not led to a significant transfer of power from Paris to the regions.

In a way, during the past 30 years European Union projects have done more to increase the national and international importance of French cities than government initiatives. The location of the European Airbus project in Toulouse has turned the city into the European aviation centre, while the presence of the European parliament - although under threat - has made Strasbourg, after Brussels, Europe's second capital.

Related features:
Largest French urban areas | French local government | Nantes|

Largest French cities
Rank
City Population
1
Paris 2,152,000
2
Marseille 808,000
3
Lyon 422,000
4
Toulouse 366,000
5
Nice 346,000
6
Strasbourg 256,000
7
Nantes 252,000
8
Bordeaux 213,000
9
Montpellier 211,000
10
Rennes 204,000
11
Saint-Etienne 202,000
12
Le Havre 197,000
13
Reims 185,000
14
Lille 178,000
15
Toulon 170,000
16
Grenoble 154,000
17
Brest 153,000
18
Dijon 152,000
19
Le Mans 148,000
20
Angers 146,000
21
Clermont-Ferrand 140,000
22
Amiens 136,000
23
Limoges 136,000
24
Nîmes 134,000
25
Tours 133,000
26
Metz 124,000
27
Besançon 119,000
28
Caen 116,000
29
Mulhouse 110,000
30
Orléans 108,000
31
Perpignan 108,000
32
Rouen 105,000
33
Nancy 102,000
34
Roubaix 98,000
35
Avignon 89,000
36
Pau 84,000
37
Poitiers 83,000
38
Calais 76,000
39
La Rochelle 74,000
40
Dunkerque 71,000
41
Saint-Nazaire 66,000
42
Valence 65,000
43
Lorient 62,000
44
Troyes 61,000
45
Chambéry 56,000
46
Annecy 51,000
47
Angoulême 46,000
48
Douai 44,000
49
Bayonne 42,000
50
Thionville 41,000


World Mayor 2014
26 mayors from across the world are competing for the 2014 World Mayor Prize
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NORTH AMERICA
Mayor Naheed Nenshi
Calgary, Canada
Mayor Annise Parker
Houston, USA
Mayor Mick Cornett
Oklahoma City, USA
Mayor Kevin Johnson
Sacramento, USA



LATIN AMERICA
Mayor Marcio Lacerda
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Mayor Álvaro Arzú
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Mayor Carlos Eduardo Correa
Monteria, Colombia
Mayor Carlos Ocariz
Sucre, Venezuela



EUROPE
Mayor Daniel Termont
Ghent, Belgium
Mayor Alain Juppé
Bordeaux, France
Mayor Albrecht Schröter
Jena, Germany
Mayor Yiannis Boutaris, Thessaloniki, Greece
Mayor Giusy Nicolini, Lampedusa, Italy
Mayor Nils Usakovs
Riga, Latvia
Mayor José Ramón García, Ribera de Arriba, Spain
Mayor George Ferguson, Bristol, UK
Mayor Joe Anderson, Liverpool, UK



ASIA
Mayor Tri Rismaharini (Risma)
Surabaya, Indonesia
Mayor Yona Yahav
Haifa, Israel
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog
Iloilo City, Philippines
Mayor Hani Mohammad Aburas
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Mayor Park Won-soon
Seoul, South Korea
Mayor Aziz Kocaoglu
Izmir, Turkey



AUSTRALIA
Mayor Clover Moore
Sydney, Australia



AFRICA
Mayor Jacqueline
Moustache, Victoria, Seychelles
Mayor Thabo Manyoni
Mangaung, South Africa



Previous winners
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Previous winners and runners-up include the mayors of Bilbao, Perth, Mexico City, Oklahoma City, Cape Town, Zurich, Melbourne, Amsterdam, Athens, Mississauga and Tirana. The World Mayor Project aims to show what outstanding mayors can achieve and raise their profiles nationally and internationally. MORE