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History. Julius Caesar conquered Paris in 52 B.C. It was then a fishing village, called Lutetia Parisiorum (the Parisii were a Gallic tribe), on the Île de la Cité. Under the Romans the town spread to the left bank and acquired considerable importance under the later emperors.
In 987, HUGH CAPET, Count of Paris, became king, under his successors, the CAPETIANS, the city’s position as the nation’s capital became established. Often characterized as spirited and rebellious, the people of Paris first declared themselves an independent commune in 1355-58.
The storming of the Bastille in 1789 was the first of a series of key actions by the Parisian people during the FRENCH REVOLUTION. Paris also played a major role in the revolutions of 1830 and 1848. In 1871, during the FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR, the city was besieged for four months until France surrendered. After German troops withdrew, French radicals briefly established the COMMUNE OF PARIS. During World War I the Germans were prevented from reaching Paris, but they occupied the city during World War II from 1940 to 1944. Paris was again the scene of violence during the student riots of 1968.
Well! Today, Paris is a major tourist hub with some 60million travellers pasting through, world renowned for its romance, history, architecture, shopping and quizine. Paris is a common arrivals or departure point for Europe Driving holiday trips throughout Europe, which includes a dinner up the Eiffel Tower or on the Seine River.
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