Biggest Cities in France

How many of France's most populous cities can you name?
2018 estimates. Population is for the city proper, not the metro area.
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Last updated: January 16, 2021
First submittedApril 14, 2012
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Population
City
2,175,601
Paris
868,277
Marseille
518,635
Lyon
486,828
Toulouse
341,032
Nice
314,138
Nantes
290,053
Montpellier
Population
City
284,677
Strasbourg
257,068
Bordeaux
233,098
Lille
217,728
Rennes
182,211
Reims
176,198
Toulon
173,089
Saint-Étienne
Population
City
169,733
Le Havre
157,650
Grenoble
156,854
Dijon
154,508
Angers
150,659
Villeurbanne
149,633
Nîmes
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Level ∞
Mar 5, 2012
Updated to reflect latest data.
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Level ∞
Sep 6, 2014
Updated again!
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Level 72
Jan 1, 2021
Wikipedia now has data for the 2017 census, could this quiz get updated please?
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Level ∞
Jan 16, 2021
I don't believe there was a 2017 census. Now updated with 2018 estimates, however.
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Level 27
Feb 1, 2021
Tours?
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Level 10
Apr 13, 2012
Can you accept 'Rheims' for 'Reims' please? I've always known it Rheims.
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Level ∞
Apr 14, 2012
Okay. That will work now.
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Level 45
Oct 13, 2014
But ... It's not Rheims, it's Reims, why would you accept mispelled names ?
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Level 62
Nov 4, 2014
it can be spelt either way, we also learnt rheims at school

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reims

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Level 61
Jun 17, 2018
Please accept Niou-Iorke too for NYC, because I think it's better like that.
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Level 67
Mar 8, 2020
@diguedondon Rheims and Reims are both acceptable English spellings. It is not someone's personal made up version for their own enjoyment, or a misspelling they wish to be accepted because they cant spell it correctly. You ve made yourself look quite silly.

(Actually my spellcheck does nót underline Rheims, but it dóes underline Reims..(and wants to change it to Rheims))

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Level 61
May 23, 2020
@Sifhraven

What I said about Niou-Iorke is called a "joke". A joke is something you say because you think it's funny. It's quite new, I know. I consider myself as totally stupid, and silly as you said. Thank you for the compliment. Best regards.

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Level 57
May 26, 2019
i'm french. nobody ever spells "rheims" this way.
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Level 67
Mar 8, 2020
This is the English quiz though, not the french so it is irrelevant to which English spellings should be accepted.
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Level 10
Oct 29, 2020
sure, but why change the name of a city that is called Reims ? x)
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Level 44
Nov 12, 2020
Est pourquoi vous diriez Londres au lieu de London? Chaque langue a souvent son propre nom pour une ville étrangère.
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Level 69
Jul 31, 2013
16/20
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Level 50
Sep 5, 2014
Great quiz, as always. Why not taking one of mine?
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Level 73
Nov 14, 2014
Since you've updated the data, you should also update the note, it says it's based on 2011 data
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Level ∞
Nov 14, 2014
That was the update. I think I was using 2006 before.
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Level 81
Nov 14, 2014
Was "Angers" so named for the effect it has on people who take this quiz?
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Level 48
May 21, 2016
"Nice" pun
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Level 76
Dec 14, 2016
A little "Toulouse" for my liking.
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Level 70
Jun 10, 2017
You've been doing quizzes for Toulon I think!
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Level 22
Sep 14, 2017
Bordeaux-line painful puns going on.
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Level 57
Sep 30, 2018
Um... something about a Paris-izzers?
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Level 75
Dec 3, 2018
Put in a "Lille" more effort next time.
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Level 45
May 3, 2019
You Caen do it, don't be such a Nancy
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Level 26
Feb 16, 2020
You guys Nantes make puns
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Level 52
Feb 9, 2021
This isn't Nice to watch, Le Havre to make the puns better.
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Level 20
Nov 17, 2014
i wonder if someone missed paris...
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Level 37
Nov 17, 2014
Me: Paris

Everyone else: city 1, city 2,..... city 17

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Level 65
Dec 18, 2014
Missed Nîmes and Villeurbanne.
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Level 9
Dec 5, 2020
same
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Level 50
Jun 27, 2015
spelled Strasbourg as Strassbourg :(
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Level 46
Apr 21, 2019
I think that should be accepted. There's a lot of german stuff around there, and I believe in german they often write it with that weird B-like thing that does ss (don't know how to write it)
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Level 67
Mar 8, 2020
ß just tried some things out. It is right alt and s
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Level 44
Apr 15, 2016
Easy !
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Level 50
Jun 17, 2016
can u accept st ethienne?
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Level 57
May 26, 2019
y'all are trippin
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Level 58
Dec 1, 2016
Only missed Toulon, Reims and Villeurbanne, but technically, Villeurbanne is part of Lyon. Great quiz though !
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Level 57
Dec 13, 2016
Villeurbanne is part of the Lyon metropolitan area, but the quiz states it is about proper city populations!
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Level 82
Dec 13, 2016
It is adjacent to Lyon, but it is a separate municipality.
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Level 44
Dec 13, 2016
8-Ugh. My French geography knowledge is lacking somewhat!
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Level 69
Dec 13, 2016
surprised not to see Clermont Ferrand or Le Mans...
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Level 82
Dec 13, 2016
If I remember well, Le Mans was there in lieu of Nîmes on the previous version. Anyway, there are several cities in the 140k that are close to make the list.
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Level 48
Feb 9, 2021
There are heaps of surprises for me. No Metz, Nancy, Clermont, Le Havre, etc. etc. Lots of anomalies whichever way you count.

Which I suppose is just another way of saying "I missed off loads"

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Level 83
Feb 9, 2021
Le Havre is on there, though.
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Level 71
Dec 13, 2016
Did you make the cut-off just so that Saint Denis would fall off and you could avoid the whole discussion if Reunion is part of France in this context? :) :)
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Level 82
Dec 14, 2016
Is there a discussion about Honolulu in the US biggest cities quiz?
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Level 44
May 11, 2017
Saint Denis at La Réunion would be 22nd after Le Mans ;)
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Level 62
Aug 30, 2018
I think he just made the cut off after the 20th biggest city?! Just a guess...
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Level 81
Mar 28, 2019
I tried Cayenne but it's too small, apparently.
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Level 58
Jun 12, 2019
saint denis just make me think of RDR2
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Level 30
Apr 21, 2017
100% first try.
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Level 35
Jul 22, 2017
Got 50% only by typing in Le Ligue 1 team names. As I often say, football is a lot of culture!
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Level 46
Nov 16, 2017
What about Clermont-Ferrand ? (Michelin headquarters)
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Level 80
Mar 6, 2018
Clermont-Ferrand ranks 24th with a population of 141,463.
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Level 28
Dec 26, 2017
what about Avignon???
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Level 80
Mar 5, 2018
Avignon ranks 45th with a population of 90,305.
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Level 35
Mar 27, 2018
Too franco-centric.
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Level 32
Feb 9, 2021
Innit
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Level 51
Feb 9, 2021
n'est-ce pas
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Level 51
Jan 22, 2019
Did anyone truly know Villeurbanne?
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Level 68
Aug 7, 2020
Only French people or tourists who have visited Lyon and paid attention at road signs I think
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Level ∞
Jan 16, 2021
That's funny. I spent 3 weeks in Lyon and I didn't recognize it. I've almost certainly been there. Didn't pay attention to road signs I guess.
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Level 47
Mar 28, 2019
Nice.
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Level 40
Sep 6, 2019
Got all But missed Paris
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Level 9
May 4, 2020
Well, it looks easier when you are french !
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Level 23
Jan 22, 2021
bruh
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Level 43
Oct 8, 2020
Marseille nice Bordeaux Toulouse Strasbourg Lille Montpellier Dijon and Reims are hard
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Level 44
Nov 12, 2020
Actually, I would suggest that the quiz is misnamed. These are not city names, but commune names. They are so listed in Wikipedia, and the French commune has no exact English equivalent - sometimes it is like a parish, sometimes a town, sometimes a part of a city, sometimes like a municipality - but it is inaccurate to call this list cities. Lyon is a city - it contains several communes. And saying it is not the metro area does not change that. The English equivalent of "commune" is ... "Commune".
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Level 72
Jan 1, 2021
Uuuuuh, I'm french and I can assure you that Lyon is a single commune. I think you're mistaken because of Lyon Metropolis, which is the metro area of Lyon, and therefore contains multiple communes.

All communes are full-fledged cities/towns/villages.

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Level 62
Feb 9, 2021
What the hell are you talking about? Of course these are cities! The French word for "city" is "ville" - a "ville" is a commune with more than 2.000 inhabitants, which these all have. I'm all for nit-picking, but at least put some effort into it!
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Level 62
Feb 9, 2021
Here's the wikipedia definition for "city": "A city is a large human settlement. It can be defined as a permanent and densely settled place with administratively defined boundaries whose members work primarily on non-agricultural tasks." Which one of these do you think doesn't fit the definition?
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Level 62
Feb 9, 2021
By the way, the illustration photo on Wikipedia is a picture of Paris.
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Level 46
Jan 2, 2021
There is two French cities of emotion, nice and angers.
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Level 46
Feb 9, 2021
I'm French and I would never have guessed Villeurbanne xD
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Level 30
Feb 9, 2021
Had no idea there would have been a Montpellier in France...I'm only aware of the one in Vermont. You learn something new every day!
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Level 65
Feb 9, 2021
And guess which one was named after the other...?
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Level 52
Mar 16, 2021
Got most of these simply due to football or rugby teams; probably would have just got 4 otherwise.
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Level 31
Mar 19, 2021
Earned my first badge...
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Level 43
Mar 29, 2021
17/20 Nice.