Marseille, known as Massalia in earlier times, is the second largest city of France. After Paris and Lyon, Marseille forms the third largest metropolitan area, with a population record of 1,516,340 at the 1999 census and was estimated to be 1,605,000 in 2007. Marseille is the largest commercial port of France situated on the south east coast on the Mediterranean. This city is the administrative capital of Bouches-du-Rhône department as well as of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. The inhabitants of Marseille are known as Marseillais. The main cultural attractions of this city are Opera, Hip Hop music and Gastronomy.
|Population||:||826,700 (Jan. 2005 estimate)|
|Area||:||240.62 km2 (92.90 sq mi)|
|Geographic Coordination||:||43Â°17â€²51â€³N 5Â°22â€²38â€³E|