Category:Cities in France by name

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  • Note that this should only lists the French municipalities (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, 2015, 2017) and may be kept in this category.
    As of 2016, this concerns 47 municipalities (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); this includes the 4 cities located overseas (Fort-de-France, Nouméa, Saint-Denis (La Réunion), and Saint-Paul (La Réunion)), listed under +.
    Note also that most municipalities that are cities by themselves may also be the main city of an urban area comprising multiple municipalities. Most metropoles being created in these higly populated urban areas still contain a single city (the other surrounding municipalities included being only towns or even villages that should not be listed here); however, 10 municipalities (Aix-en-Provence, Argenteuil, Boulogne-Billancourt, Montreuil, Nanterre, Roubaix, Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis), Tourcoing, Versailles, and Villeurbanne) are cities according to their population, but they are not the main city of the larger urban area where they are located (Paris, Lille, Lyon, and Marseille), so they are listed separately under ^.
  • 9 additional municipalities (Ajaccio, Avignon, Blois, Bourges, Colmar, La Rochelle, Niort, Poitiers, and Villefranche-sur-Saône) would normally not be cities by themselves for their own population, but they are the main town of a urban area whose population exceeds the threshold (and which are also eligible be become metropoles), so they are also added as cities and listed under ~.

See also Category:Cities in France by department.