Category:Cities in France by name

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Note that this should only lists the French communes that have reached at least 100 000 inhabitants in their legal population (except in overseas collectivities where populations are coming from their population survey). Some cities have decreasing or variable population but reached that figure in at least one the last surveys or estimation (1968, 1975, 1982, 1990, 1999, 2006, 2011, 2013) and may be kept in this category.

As of 2016, this concerns 47 communes (if we also include Nanterre and Nouméa which were last surveyed in 2014 to a population very close to the threshold, and still growing fast).

Some towns may still be added here (at end of list) if the total population in communes of their urban area reaches this threshold and if they are the main town of their urban area (e.g. Ajaccio)

Note also that some communes that are cities by themselves may also be the main city of an urban area comprising multiple cities. This is the case for example with the urban areas of Paris, Lyon, Marseille, and Lille, which are growing as urban metropoles and whose administrative status is evolving with the creation of administrative metropoles.

Most metropoles being created in these higly populated urban areas still contain a single city. The other surrounding communes included being only towns or even villages that should not be listed here. But a few peripheral communes in large urban metropoles may also be cities by themselves because of their own population (this occurs within the urban areas of Paris, Lille, Lyon and Marseille, for the municipalities of Aix-en-Provence, Argenteuil, Boulogne-Billancourt, Montreuil, Nanterre, Roubaix, Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis), Tourcoing, Versailles or Villeurbanne) and they are listed here.

See also Category:Cities in France by department.