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Biggest Cities in France - Extreme

Can you name the 100 biggest communes in France? As you name them, they will appear on the map.
By city proper -- suburbs are included (Wikipedia 2018)
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Last updated: January 14, 2021
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First submittedJanuary 24, 2019
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Ville
2.175 k
Paris
868 k
Marseille
518 k
Lyon
486 k
Toulouse
341 k
Nice
314 k
Nantes
290 k
Montpellier
284 k
Strasbourg
257 k
Bordeaux
233 k
Lille
217 k
Rennes
182 k
Reims
176 k
Toulon
173 k
Saint-Étienne
169 k
Le Havre
157 k
Grenoble
156 k
Dijon
154 k
Angers
150 k
Villeurbanne
150 k
Saint-Denis
149 k
Nîmes
146 k
Clermont-Ferrand
143 k
Le Mans
143 k
Aix-en-Provence
139 k
Brest
136 k
Tours
133 k
Amiens
131 k
Limoges
128 k
Annecy
121 k
Boulogne-Billancourt
119 k
Perpignan
116 k
Besançon
116 k
Metz
116 k
Orléans
112 k
Saint-Denis
111 k
Rouen
110 k
Argenteuil
109 k
Montreuil
108 k
Mulhouse
105 k
Caen
104 k
Nancy
103 k
Saint-Paul
98,0 k
Roubaix
97,4 k
Tourcoing
96,8 k
Nanterre
94,6 k
Vitry-sur-Seine
94,2 k
Nouméa
92,2 k
Créteil
91,7 k
Avignon
88,6 k
Poitiers
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Ville
87,5 k
Aubervilliers
86,8 k
Dunkirk
86,2 k
Aulnay-sous-Bois
86,0 k
Colombes
85,9 k
Asnières-sur-Seine
85,2 k
Versailles
84,9 k
Saint-Pierre
82,1 k
Courbevoie
79,3 k
Le Tampon
79,1 k
Cherbourg-en-Cotentin
78,1 k
Fort-de-France
77,9 k
Rueil-Malmaison
77,5 k
Béziers
77,0 k
Champigny-sur-Marne
76,2 k
Pau
76,1 k
La Rochelle
75,2 k
Saint-Maur-des-Fossés
73,9 k
Cannes
72,9 k
Calais
72,9 k
Antibes
72,1 k
Drancy
71,4 k
Mamoudzou
70,8 k
Ajaccio
70,8 k
Mérignac
70,6 k
Saint-Nazaire
68,7 k
Colmar
68,2 k
Issy-les-Moulineaux
68,1 k
Noisy-le-Grand
67,1 k
Évry-Courcouronnes
67,1 k
Vénissieux
66,3 k
Cergy
65,8 k
Levallois-Perret
64,7 k
Valence
64,6 k
Bourges
64,3 k
Pessac
63,6 k
Cayenne
63,3 k
Ivry-sur-Seine
63,1 k
Quimper
62,8 k
La Seyne-sur-Mer
62,8 k
Antony
62,7 k
Villeneuve-d'Ascq
62,4 k
Clichy
61,9 k
Troyes
60,9 k
Montauban
59,9 k
Neuilly-sur-Seine
59,0 k
Pantin
59,0 k
Niort
58,8 k
Chambéry
58,8 k
Sarcelles
57,1 k
Le Blanc-Mesnil
Regions
# of cities
Île-de-France
30
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
9
Nouvelle-Aquitaine
8
PACA
8
Grand Est
7
Hauts-de-France
7
Occitanie
6
Normandy
4
Pays de la Loire
4
Réunion
4
Brittany
3
Centre-Val de Loire
3
Bourgogne-
Franche-Comté
2
Corsica
1
French Guiana
1
Martinique
1
Mayotte
1
New Caledonia
1
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Level 70
Jan 24, 2019
Great! I think this would be a very good quiz with feature quality for our French section!
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Level 70
Jan 24, 2019
Thanks! I'm most likely going to translate it (using my weak French skills!)
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Level 70
Jan 25, 2019
Let me help you.

"Les 100 plus grandes villes de France sur une carte vierge"

Pouvez-vous nommer les 100 plus grandes communes de France? Lorsque vous tapez une ville, elle sera remplie sur la carte française.

Population de la ville -- les banlieues sont incluses!

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Level 70
Jan 25, 2019
Thanks a ton, I've translated it and it is now up :)
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Level 48
Sep 22, 2021
2.175k on Paris seems 2175 people
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Level 76
Jan 26, 2019
nice! can we have a proximity version? also, I think it would be nicer to have the 'external' islands more separated eg to the right of the map
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Level 70
Jan 26, 2019
Thanks, I can try! Originally I just had Reunion and Guadeloupe, but I realized last minute that Fort-de-France, Martinique was there, so it ended up crowded.
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Level 82
Jan 30, 2019
Cayenne is at #101 :) But the data is from 2013, so it may have to appear soon.
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Level 43
Feb 1, 2019
Hi, I'm pretty sure that Annecy should be here with around 125,000 population.
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Level 28
Mar 6, 2019
I thought that too but after checking there are only 53k people in Annecy, the rest is in the suburban towns.
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Level 83
Sep 18, 2021
Yeah, this. Annecy itself is pretty small. My favourite French city though so I tried it anyway.
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Level 70
Sep 19, 2021
Annecy is here as of January 2021 :)
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Level 18
Feb 11, 2024
annecy had 45k inhabitants but around 2014 the city merged with 3 other towns and the population tripled. Now the city have around 130k inhabitants.
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Level 67
Mar 6, 2019
I's a shame that this quiz doesn't get enough recognition to award points.
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Level 55
Apr 14, 2019
En français on dit Dunkerque. Et tu devrais préciser St Denis et St Denis de la Reunion. ;)
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Level 68
Jun 19, 2019
What’s the population of Arras?
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Level 70
Jun 19, 2019
A little below 42,000 people.
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Level 37
Dec 14, 2019
Annecy, Cherbourg ?
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Level 56
May 25, 2020
Wow, there sure are a lot of big cities near Paris! Great quiz by the way.
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Level 70
May 25, 2020
Cheers! They are the reason why Paris's urban area population is so massive.
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Level 70
Sep 4, 2021
Paris proper is only 2m cause they don't count all the suburbs as other major cities do
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Level 59
Jan 14, 2021
I would suggest also possibly making a quiz of the largest cities in France by urban area as well.
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Level 59
Jan 14, 2021
Also I forgot to mention that citypopulation.de just added urban agglomerations for France, so that will help you if you decide to do that.
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Level 70
Jan 14, 2021
Thanks for the notice. I will keep the city populations the same as their commune, as I'm not hugely fond of the urban agglomerations. I am happy to say that Wikipedia has some recent data, and that this quiz is going to be updated very soon :)
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Level 56
Jan 15, 2021
btw, I can't imagine how annoying it must've been to add the cities/maps for overseas territories :)
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Level 70
Jan 15, 2021
It was a little. Fortunately I was able to reuse a map I made a while ago for a French Departments quiz, and I only had to draw the territory of New Caledonia. Communes in overseas regions and territory is listed in my source, too, which simplifies things greatly :)
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Level 65
Apr 4, 2021
Fun, clean map format. These are always fun (even if an idiot like me struggles to remember 6...). Geneva?
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Level 70
Apr 4, 2021
Thank you, I've updated all of the maps in this series recently and I am happy with the result. At least with this English version us non-French Jetpunkers stabd a chance!
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Level 68
May 22, 2022
Geneva is in Switzerland
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Level 55
Apr 4, 2021
I got 15, but I should have got 20. Anyway 21 below average. I think that I know way less about europe than the average jetpunker.
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Level 70
Apr 4, 2021
When I first started my Jetpunk account, I knew next to none of these. If you know 15-20 you should be proud, that is much more than anyone I've met here in Canada could name!
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Level 55
May 17, 2021
very nice quiz!
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Level 70
May 18, 2021
Thank you!
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Level 84
Sep 7, 2021
Great quiz. I knew going into this I'd be Bordeaux line points/no points, and this definitely brought me to my Nice. I made a real Metz of this, but hey, I'm just Amiens and I had nothing Toulouse. Next time I think I Cannes do a Lille better.
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Level 79
Oct 11, 2023
Nice work Don :)
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Level 69
Sep 9, 2021
33/100 and only 1 point. That was surprising.
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Level 85
Sep 10, 2021
Tiny little issue, but the way the inset maps are placed, French Guiana kinda looks like it's part of Spain
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Level 70
Sep 11, 2021
I can see why you would think that, although unfortunately I don't have much room to move the maps. Maybe I will recolour some of the borders to make it more clear.
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Level 67
Sep 18, 2021
I expected Carcassonne to be on here. It is a popular tourist destination and it has its own airport.
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Level 70
Sep 19, 2021
Carcassonne, whilst looking absolutely stunning on Google Images, comes a little short population wise at around 46,000 people, making it the 142nd largest commune in France.

Looking at the images I really want to go someday! :)

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Level 83
Jan 10, 2024
Popular tourist destination doesn't necessarily equal populous city. In many cases house prices might be so high and so many habitations might have been given over to tourist accommodation that it's difficult to live there anyway.
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Level 70
Jan 10, 2024
And most importantly, outside of tourism, touristy cities tend to lack career opportunities.
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Level 64
Sep 18, 2021
It miss my city Lorient...
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Level 64
Sep 18, 2021
Despite being born and having spent a number of years in France, I only managed to get 61. Cool quiz!
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Level 70
Sep 19, 2021
Thank you! :D
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Level 52
Nov 1, 2021
Now, I really wanna travel to Le Tampon.
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Level 64
Dec 15, 2021
Haha I was just going to say
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Level 64
Dec 15, 2021
Le Tampon? Ok.
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Level 69
Feb 9, 2022
Makes me giggle everytime
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Level 58
Dec 8, 2022
i was suprised there is no Guingamp or Sedan on this list
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Level 70
Dec 10, 2022
Both of them are quite small, at least the communes are.
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Level 34
Mar 26, 2023
Guingamp has 7115 inhabitants, Sedan has 16376, them having football clubs doesn't make them big, look at Hoffenheim :)
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Level 53
May 22, 2023
Consider accepting "Clermont" as an answer for "Clermont-Ferrard"?
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Level 62
Feb 4, 2024
I think that in the description you meant to put cities, not communes. Hope this helps :)
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Level 70
Feb 4, 2024
I did that as a technicality, since the population figures are based on commune borders.
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Level 70
Apr 4, 2024
I'm French, retried it (already got 98/100 in a previous run), and now I get 93/100 with Paris included in the 7 misses, somehow