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About Marseille



Marseille, known in antiquity as Massilia or Massalia, is the second largest city in France, after Paris, with a population of 1,800,000 within its administrative limits on a land area of 240.62 km (93 sq mi). The urban area and metropolitan area of Marseille extends beyond the city limits with a population of around 1.6 million. Located on the southeast coast of France, Marseille is France's largest city on the Mediterranean coast and largest commercial port. Marseille is the capital of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, as well as the capital of the Bouches-du-Rhône department. Its inhabitants are called Marseillais