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    Paris... (Part 2)

    The earliest archaeological signs of permanent settlements in the Paris area date from around 4200 BC.
    The Parisii, a sub-tribe of the Celtic Senones, inhabited the area near the river Seine from around 250 BC.
    The Romans conquered the Paris basin in 52 BC, with a permanent settlement by the end of the same century
    on the Left Bank Sainte Geneviève Hill and the Île de la Cité. The Gallo-Roman town was originally called Lutetia,
    but later Gallicised to Lutèce. It expanded greatly over the following centuries, becoming a prosperous city with a forum,
    palaces, baths, temples, theatres, and an amphitheatre.


     

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    Much of contemporary Paris is the result of the vast mid-nineteenth century urban remodelling. For centuries, the city had been
    a labyrinth of narrow streets and half-timber houses, but, beginning with Haussman's advent, entire quarters were leveled to make
    way for wide avenues lined with neo-classical stone buildings of bourgeoisie standing. Most of this 'new' Paris is the Paris we see today.
    The building code has seen few changes since, and the Second Empire plans are in many cases still followed. The "alignement"
    law is still in place, which regulates building facades of new constructions according to a pre-defined street width.
    A building's height is limited according to the width of the streets it lines, and under the regulation, it is difficult to get an approval to build a taller building.

    Many of Paris' important institutions are located outside the city limits. The financial (La Défense) business district;
    the main food wholesale market (Rungis); schools (École Polytechnique; ESSEC; INSEAD; HEC); research laboratories (in Saclay or Évry);
    the largest stadium (the Stade de France), and the government offices (Ministry of Transportation) are located in the city's suburbs.

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