Clockwise from top:
  • Notre-Dame de la Garde
  • Old Port
  • CMA CGM Tower
  • Calanque of Sugiton
Coat of arms
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"The city of Marseille shines from its great achievements"
Location of Marseille
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Canton12 cantons
 • Mayor (since 1995) Jean-Claude Gaudin (LR)
240.62 km2 (92.90 sq mi)
 • Urban
1,731.91 km2 (668.69 sq mi)
 • Metro
3,173.51 km2 (1,225.30 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2013[1])
 • Rank2nd after Paris
 • Density3,600/km2 (9,200/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Metro
 (Jan. 2011)
Demonym(s)Marseillais (French)
Marselhés (Occitan)
Massiliot (ancient)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
13055 /13001-13016
Dialling codes0491 or 0496
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Marseille is a city in the south of France in the Bouches-du-Rhône department. About 1.7 million people live in the metropolitan area, and about 850,000 in the city itself. This makes it the second largest city in France by number of people. Its commercial port is the biggest in France and one of the most important in the Mediterranean sea.

Although part of the region of Provence, Marseilles has its own history. This city is the oldest in France and probably the most complex. The city was started around 600 BC by Greek sailors from Phocaea (modern day Foça, near İzmir). This was a Greek colony in Asia Minor that is in what is now Turkey.

Marseille has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Csa in the Koeppen climate classification).



Categories: Departmental capitals in France | Marseille | Regional capitals in France

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