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The Foundation of Paris

Circa 250 BCE

About 250 BCE a Celtic iron age tribe called the Parisii established a fishing village near the river Seine (present day France)  

Traditionally the original settlement known as Lutetia was thought to have been located on the Île de la Cité; however it is now believed that the largest pre-Roman settlement in what is now Paris may have been in the present-day suberb of Nanterre.

An interactive French and English language website on the early history of Paris is, accessed 8-2020.

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