Centre: Parc de la Tête dOr, Confluence district and the Vieux Lyon.
Bottom: Pont Lafayette, Part-Dieu district with the Place Bellecour in foreground during Festival of Lights.
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|postal code =69001-69009
|region = Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
|mayor =Gérard Collomb
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|subdivisions =9 arrondissements
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|population ranking =3rd in France
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|metro area pop =2,237,676
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Lyon is a city in east-central France, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, about from Paris, from Marseille and from Saint-Étienne. Inhabitants of the city are called Lyonnais.
Lyon had a population of 506,615 in 2014
The city is known for its cuisine and gastronomy and historical and architectural landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lyon was historically an important area for the production and weaving of silk.
It played a significant role in the history of cinema: Auguste and Louis Lumière invented the cinematographe in Lyon. The city is also known for its famous light festival, Fête des Lumières, which occurs every 8 December and lasts for four days, earning Lyon the title of Capital of Lights.
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, and in recent years has fostered a growing local start-up sector. Lyon hosts the international headquarters of Interpol, Euronews, and International Agency for Research on Cancer. Lyon was ranked 19th globally and second in France for innovation in 2014. It ranked second in France and 39th globally in Mercers 2015 liveability rankings.
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