AssetID: 130896096 / Sami Sarkis / Sailboat cruising by Chateau d'If in Marseille's bay, Mediterranean sea, France
Coordinates : 43°17′47″N 5°22′12″E / 43.2964°N 5.37°E / 43.2964; 5.37
Marseille ( / m ɑr ˈ s eɪ / ; also Marseilles in English; French: , locally: ; Occitan : Marselha ), known in antiquity as Massalia (from Greek : Μασσαλία ), is the second largest city in France, after Paris , with a population of 852,395 within its administrative limits on a land area of 240.62 km2 (93 sq mi). The urban area of Marseille extends beyond the city limits with a population of over 1,,000 on an area of 1,204 km2 (465 sq mi). 1,530,000 or 1,601,095 people live in the Marseille metropolitan area , ranking it 3rd among French metropolitan areas after Paris and Lyon . Located on the southeast coast of France, Marseille is France's largest city on the Mediterranean coast and largest commercial port . Marseille is the capital of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region , as well as the capital of the Bouches-du-Rhône department . Its inhabitants are called Marseillais .
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