French capital. It spreads concentrically around Cite Island in the middle of the Seine River in the center of the Paris Basin. An important port on the Seine, central to the French railway network, with international airports such as Orly and Charles de Gaulle. Although industries such as machinery, automobiles, aircraft, chemicals, construction materials, food processing, and printing are performed mainly in the suburbs, the city of Paris itself is gradually decreasing in population and becoming the center of the service industry. Clothing, perfume, publishing, etc. are world famous.