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French cities are cities that can be founded by the French civilization in Civilization V and its expansions. The first city founded is the Capital Capital, and the names of future cities are chosen in the order they appear on the list below.

The names listed are default names; players can change their cities' names if they choose.

Founding Order City Name Notes
1 Paris Capital of France; home of Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Notre Dame
2 Orleans Bishop's seat, capital of Centre - Val de Loire region
3 Lyon Second largest city in France, former capital of the Gauls
4 Troyes Capital of Aube
5 Tours Capital of Indre-et-Loire
6 Marseille Main trading port of the French Empire, former Greek settlement
7 Chartres Capital of Eure-et-Loir, famous for its gothic cathedral
8 Avignon Former papal residence
9 Rouen Historic capital of Normandy
10 Grenoble Capital of Isère; nicknamed "Capital of the Alps"
11 Dijon Holds an International and Gastronomic Fair every year in autumn; capital of Bourgogne region
12 Amiens Capital of Somme
13 Cherbourg Ferryport to England
14 Poitiers Capital of Poitou-Charentes
15 Toulouse Capital of Midi-Pyrénées; centre of the European aerospace industry
16 Bayonne Important Portcity of the French Basque country
17 Strasbourg Official seat of the European Parliament capital of Grand Est region
18 Brest Shared with the Celts, not buildable if they are in the game; important military harbour
19 Bordeaux Famous wine city, capital of Aquitaine (former Guyenne)
20 Rennes Shared with the Celts, not buildable if they are in the game; capital of Brittany
21 Nice Capital of Alpes Maritimes; nicknamed "Nissa the Beautiful"
22 Saint Etienne Capital of Loire, hometown to the biggest state-owned weapon factory in France, founded 1764
23 Nantes Shared with the Celts, not buildable if they are in the game; ancient capital of the Bretons
24 Reims Old Roman settlement, mostly famous for its champagne. Place where Clovis was baptised by Rémi, leading to the fact that almost all the kings of France were anointed here (ceremony was called « le sacre »)
25 Le Mans Capital of Sarthe, home to a racing competition (Les 24 heures du Mans)
26 Montpellier Fastest growing city in France, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe
27 Limoges Capital of Haute-Vienne
28 Nancy Old seat of the Duke of Lorraine
29 Lille Capital of Hauts de France, fourth biggest city in France
30 Caen Capital of Basse-Normandie
31 Toulon Large French military harbour
32 Nîmes Capital of Gard; nicknamed "French Rome"
33 Le Havre Second largest port of France
34 Lourdes Site of the Marian apparitions
35 Carcassone Military fortress
36 Cannes Home of the Cannes Film Festival
37 Aix-En-Provence Important educational centre
38 La Rochelle Capital of Charente-Maritime, former safe place for Protestants
39 Bourges Former capital of the Berry region
40 Calais Major transport centre