Lyon is the third-largest city and second-largest urban area of France. It is located at about 470 km (292 mi) southeast of Paris and 320 km (199 mi) north of Marseille. The City of Lyon proper had a population of 516,092 in 2017, with its suburbs and exurbs the Lyon metropolitan area had a population of 2,323,221, the second-most populated in France. Lyon is the prefecture of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Former capital of the Gauls at the time of the Roman Empire, Lyon became a major economic hub during the Renaissance. The city is recognised for its cuisine and gastronomy, as well as historical and architectural landmarks; as such, the districts of Old Lyon, the Fourvière hill, the Presqu’île and the slopes of the Croix-Rousse are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Lyon was historically an important area for the production and weaving of silk. Lyon played a significant role in the history of cinema: it is where Auguste and Louis Lumière invented the cinematograph.
Economically, Lyon is a major centre for banking, as well as for the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech industries. The city contains a significant software industry with a particular focus on video games; in recent years it has fostered a growing local start-up sector. Lyon hosts the international headquarters of Interpol, the International Agency for Research on Cancer and Euronews. According to the Globalization and World Rankings Research Institute, Lyon is considered a Beta city, as of 2018. It ranked second in France and 40th globally in Mercer’s 2019 liveability rankings.
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