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Paris "suburban areas of interest"[edit]

Before you go too much further, I was going to suggest we scrap this area totally. It looks like yet another open ended list. Can you think of any real reason for keeping it, rather than moving whatever content it has into other sections? Eg La Défense is already referred to several times in the article - it's technically "suburban" but it's far too significant to hide down there. Stevage 01:53, 10 December 2005 (UTC)

List of the world's busiest airports by international passenger traffic[edit]

Please note that the statistics provided by ACI are not final figures. We'll have to wait until July 2006 to get the final 2005 figures. The list we have as of now is just an estimate, many airports haven't reported with accuracy yet. Unfortunately, there are no final 2004 figures, because I believe ACI did not calculate international passengers traffic until recently. Also please read the note I wrote at the beginning of the list. These figures should be taken with a big grain of salt. Hardouin 00:11, 15 December 2005 (UTC)

Metropolitan area[edit]

The English Wikipedia is made for English speaking people, not for French people. English speaking people are not familiar with the concepts of aire urbaine and unité urbaine. They are not familiar either with Île-de-France. On the other hand, the concept of metropolitan area is understood easily. As for "Paris and its suburbs", that's a bit cumbersome and lengthy. Hardouin 13:49, 15 December 2005 (UTC)

Nowadays the aire urbaine of Paris is almost similar to Île-de-France. At the 1999 census, there were 10,952,011 inhabitants in Île-de-France, and only 109,974 of them did not live inside the aire urbaine of Paris. In other words, 99% of the inhabitants of Île-de-France live inside the metropolitan area of Paris. Île-de-France is really the same as the metropolitan area of Paris. Let's try not to couper les cheveux en quatre and keep simple. Hardouin 14:48, 15 December 2005 (UTC)

Metropolitan GDPs[edit]

I see you removed the list of metropolitan GDPS from the Paris article. Je ne vois pas pourquoi on devrait céder à la pression d'utilisateurs anonymes qui passent leur temps à changer les données. The list is based on serious references which you can check at the article Economy of Paris. Please care to read that article, and also the talk page, and you will understand everything about the list. Hardouin 11:45, 2 January 2006 (UTC)

Paris article introduction[edit]

Right. Now we need to correct the Paris intro also. The intro was previously saying:
Paris, together with its suburbs and satellite cities, forms the Greater Paris metropolitan area, with a population estimated at 11.5 million as of January 2004, the second largest metropolitan area in Europe (after Moscow, and along with London), and approximately the 20th most populous metropolitan area in the world.
Now it says:
The city of Paris proper has 2.1 million inhabitants [1], but its centre of influence extends to cover a "Greater Paris" metropolitan area that has a population of about 11.1 million [2], over one sixth of the French population. Paris is the third largest metropolitan area in Europe (after Moscow and London), and approximately the 22nd most populous metropolitan area in the world.
This is incorrect. Paris and London's population are approximately the same, it is not possible to say which one is more populated than the other. If you take urban areas (unités urbaines), the population of the London urban area at the 2001 UK census was 8,278,251 , whereas at the 1999 French census the population of the Paris unité urbaine was 9,644,507, so the Paris urban area is clearly more populated than the London urban area. On the other hand, the metropolitan area (aire urbaine) of Paris has about 11.5 million people. The metropolitan area of London has a population usually estimated between 11 and 13 million. So you see numbers are not conclusive. That's why I think it is better to say that both metropolitan areas have approximately population numbers that are on par.
I suggest the following rephrasing:
The city of Paris proper (2,142,800 inhabitants as of 2004 estimates), together with its suburbs and satellite cities, forms the Greater Paris metropolitan area, with an estimated 11.5 million inhabitants in 2004. It is approximately the 20th-largest metropolitan area in the world, and the second or third-largest in Europe (behind Moscow, and above or below London, depending which data are used).
What do you think? I didn't want to make the changes so far, because I didn't want to ignite yet another controversy with ThePromenader... Hardouin 12:48, 2 January 2006 (UTC)


I saw the picture of the Eiffel Tower that you uploaded. It's not bad at all, but did you read the message I wrote at Talk:Paris#Metropolitan area template logo? The white boat on blue and red background is used by the police of the suburbs of Paris. I also believe that the now disappeared Seine département, which encompassed the suburbs of Paris, used the white boat on red and blue background as their symbol. For copyright issues, I found out there exists another tag that we could use:

This one is less controversial than the logo tag, I think. What do you think? Personally I think a little stylized logo is better than a picture for the Paris metropolitan area template, but I'd rather we reach consensus first. Hardouin 23:41, 2 January 2006 (UTC)

Paris discussion[edit]


We're in the midst of discussing what's better for the Paris infobox to best describe Paris - both unité urbaine and aire urbaine info, or just aire urbaine info? It's all down to two lines now. Don't worry, the discussion is constructive for now, so please leave your thoughts on this - as a 'local' your insight is valuable : )


THEPROMENADER 15:44, 18 May 2006 (UTC)

Chronologie synthétique de la tour Eiffel[edit]

I've moved Utilisateur:Thbz/Chronologie synthétique de la tour Eiffel to User:Thbz/Chronologie synthétique de la tour Eiffel; hopefully this is where you intended it to go. :) —tregoweth (talk) 22:32, 5 June 2006 (UTC)

  • I can delete the article here, if you like; just let me know. —tregoweth (talk) 23:05, 5 June 2006 (UTC)

Tallest structures - "Paris area"[edit]

A few of us have managed to come into agreement over an "in the Paris area" title - as a former participant in the discussion, your views and vote on the matter would much be welcome at Talk:List of tallest buildings and structures in Paris. Thank you. THEPROMENADER 17:44, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

Paris Metropolitan Area template[edit]

Hi, since you have contributed to the Template:Paris Metropolitan Area I thought you might want to know that User:ThePromenader wants to delete this template and has listed it here: Wikipedia:Templates for deletion/Log/2007 November 20#Template:Paris Metropolitan Area. You can vote there to keep or delete the template. I think there is no justification to delete this template, and this is unfortunately part of ThePromenader's "campaign" to remove as much as possible the mention of a 11-million-people metropolitan area of Paris from the English-speaking Wikipedia, and portray Paris as essentially a small city of 2 million people (the population living in the administrative City of Paris). If you've been following the Paris article and its talk page you probably already know what I'm talking about. And what's extraordinary is that this denial of a Greater Paris agglomeration is going on just as the French authorities are about to create a "Grand Paris" next year. Anyway, don't hesitate to take part in the vote. Hardouin (talk) 19:16, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

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