|Prefecture and commune|
|Motto: Actibus immensis urbs fulget massiliensis
"The city of Marseille shines from its great achievements"
|• Mayor (since 1995)||Jean-Claude Gaudin (LR)|
|Area1||240.62 km2 (92.90 sq mi)|
|• Urban (2010)||1,731.91 km2 (668.69 sq mi)|
|• Metro (2010)||3,173.51 km2 (1,225.30 sq mi)|
|Population (Jan. 2013)2||855,393|
|• Rank||2nd after Paris|
|• Density||3,554.95/km2 (9,207.29/sq mi)|
|• Urban (2014)||1,578,484|
|• Metro (Jan. 2011)||1,831,500|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||13055 /13001-13016|
|Dialling codes||0491 or 0496|
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
Marseille is a city in the south of France in the Bouches-du-Rhône department. About 1.7 million people live in the metropolitan area, and about 850,000 in the city itself. This makes it the second largest city in France by number of people. It is the third largest by size. Marseille is all in the south, just at the Mediterranean sea. It has the biggest commercial port in France. The port is one of the most important ones in the Mediterranean.
Although part of the region of Provence, Marseilles has a soul of its own. Founded in 600 B.C. by the Greek sailors of Phocaea, this city is the oldest in France and probably the most complex.
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