Paris is the capital of France and the most populated city in France. Paris is more than 2,000 years old. Gauls of the Parisii tribe settled there between 250 and 200 BC and founded a fishing village on an island in the river that the present-day Ile de la Cite– the center around which Paris developed.
Paris was conquered by Julius Caesar in 52 BC, and existed as a regional center under the Romans and in the early Middle Ages. In 987, HUGH CAPET, Count of Paris, became king of France, and under his successors, the Capetians, the city’s position as the nation’s capital became established.