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||Marseille has a complex history. It was founded by the Phoceans (from the greek city of Phocea) in 600 B. C. and is one of the oldest cities in Europe. The town is a far cry from the Cézanne paintings and Provençal clichés of sleepy villages, "pétanque" players and Marcel Pagnol novels. With around one million inhabitants, Marseille is the second largest city in France in terms of population and the largest in terms of area. Its population is a real melting pot of different cultures. It is also said that there are more Comorian people in Marseille than in Comoros! Indeed, the people of Marseille have varying ethnic backgrounds, with a lot of Italians and Spanish having immigrated to the area after the second world war.
||Unsurprisingly, Marseille's cuisine is focused on fish and seafood. Its two flag-bearing specialities being the famous fish broth "bouillabaisse" and aïoli, a garlic sauce served with vegetables and dried cod.
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, Chapter 2, Massilia and Rome before 390 B. C. is the second largest city in France
, after Paris, with a population of 852, 395 within its administrative limits on a land area of. The urban area of Marseille extends beyond the city limits with a population of over 1, 420, 000. Its inhabitants are called Marseillais.
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