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- That's Paris! Special report - Paris region magazine 8
Paris is unquestionably one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Its image as a romantic city has helped to make it the world’s favorite tourist destination. Its galleries, cabarets, restaurants and riverside walks have always been the stuff of dreams. But there’s another and completely different Paris.
2,201,578 inhabitants (a fifth of Paris Region's population)
20,967 inhabitants per km2
1,233,166 in employment, i.e. around 30% of the region's workforce. (Source: GARP, 1st half 2006)
311,114 businesses (Source: Clerk's Office at the Paris Commercial Court, end of year 2005) 30,000 start-ups and takeovers per year
Paris is also where many multinationals locate their head offices:
- Europe's biggest concentration, (number 2 worldwide after Tokyo), of the world's top 500 companies, ahead of London, New York and Chicago (source: Fortune Magazine, 2006)
- The primary location for foreign businesses, after Greater London (Ernst & Young, 2006). Together, these companies employ over 150,000 people.
Centres of excellence
Paris is developing 4 key sectors: health, digital, design and eco-business.
The Paris Technopole
The Paris Innovation site focuses all Paris Technopole's initiatives in promoting innovation and competitiveness. This prestigious centre develops:
- the four sector clusters
- shared tools and services to provide the full support package for the creation of innovative ventures
- networking to bring together researchers and businesses, experts, public authorities and elected representatives.
Education and training
Our solid infrastructure of leading universities (Pierre et Marie Curie, La Sorbonne, Jussieu, Assas, Dauphine, René Descartes) and specialist schools (CNAM, l'ENA, les Mines Paris, Centrale Paris, HEC, the Polytechnique, etc), produces graduates with tremendous potential.
Over 850 laboratories (including the CNRS, the Curie Institute, the Pasteur Institute) employing some 19,000 researchers, including those at the 50 AP-HP sites, (Europe's leading hospital group).
Real estate and land
Paris offers several services to help start up, advise and support young innovative enterprises:
- 5,870 m2 of incubators: Advancia, Agoranov, Paris Biotech Santé, Paris Innovation-Bourse, Paris Pionnières, Pasteur Biotop, Telecom Paris
- 13,700m2 of business start-up clusters: Paris Innovation-République, Paris Innovation-Reunion, Paris Innovation-Villette, Paris Innovation-Soleillet, Paris Santé Cochin
- 42,300m2 of specialist managed premises: Paris Innovation-Biopark, Paris Innovation-Losserand, Paris Innovation-Vauvenargues, the Brulon-Citeaux Business Cluster
That's nearly 62,000m2 of dedicated support for young innovative enterprises.
Paris has a comprehensive transport infrastructure. The TGV network gives access within just a few hours to 145 French destinations plus Europe's main capital cities.
6 major railway stations, 5 RER lines and 14 metro lines
Close to 3 airports (Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Orly, Paris-Le Bourget),
Paris is the world's top tourist destination.
The hub of Europe's trade show and trade fair activity, on average Paris hosts 6 million visitors every year. It's the world's number one conference centre: more than 250 national and international conferences are organised here every year.
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