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->''If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.''
-->-- '''Creator/ErnestHemingway''', ''A Moveable Feast''

The great [[TheCityOfLight Paris]], one of the main cities of the world. With its large, wide boulevards, the beautiful Napoleon-era architecture of the central ''[[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench arrondissements]]'', the rich, multicolored culture of the Arabs and Africans from the surrounding ''banlieue'', the fast-paced acrobats of LeParkour that hail from the southern suburb of Évry, the brilliant and captivating Oriental neighborhood of Olympiades, the iconic entrances and stations of UsefulNotes/LeMetropolitain and the shiny, futuristic skyline of the skyscrapers gathered around the [[http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fichier:Bibliotheque_nationale_de_France-fr.jpg France National Library]] and [[http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fichier:Défense-parvis-pano.jpg La Défense]]...

Uh, what? Does Paris really have all that? ''[[GratuitousFrench Oh là là]]'', we thought Paris was the [[EiffelTowerEffect Eiffel Tower]], the Arc de Triomphe, and The Louvre (with its convenient supply of [[MacGuffin priceless]], [[BreakOutTheMuseumPiece world-famous]] works of art) looming over bistros, cafés, art galleries and super-chic shops in Avenue des Champs-Élysées, {{Starving Artist}}s in the Latin Quarter, the romantic old bridges over the Seine River, the gaudy music shows at the Moulin Rouge and Folies Bergère, and stuff like street mimes on every corner, with accordion music playing in the background, and [[FrenchJerk snooty French people]] (the custom of men kissing each other on the cheek may be exploited for HoYay) smoking cigarettes and wearing berets, striped shirts and scarves while they carry around baguettes under their arms. And all the buildings are in the style of Haussmann's 19th century urban renewal, right?...

A place to HaveAGayOldTime.
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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The assassin girls of ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' live here, probably in Trocadéro considering the Eiffel Tower is visible from the window. Strangely, this version has newscasts with the on-screen text in ''English''!
* ''{{Cyborg 009}}'' has a French Ballerina as the local Chick and TeamMom, so the episode depicting her backstory is set in Paris. She remarks on how it hasn't changed ''that'' much from the days she used to live there.
* ''GGundam'' has George's introductory episode settled in a grim, ruined Paris. At some point, the Eiffel Tower even ''collapses'' during George and Domon's fight. (Worth pointing out, this isn't a specific TakeThat against France since the entire planet is in this condition.)
* ''IkokuMeiroNoCroisee'' plays this incredibly straight.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* An issue of ''ComicBook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew'' featuring a battle with the Bunny From Beyond shows him converting the storyline's monstrous egg yolks back to normal in cities all over the world, including Earth-C's version of Paris, "[[IncrediblyLamePun Parrots]]" (though the final issue in the run would call it "Purris"), with a shot of its "Eyeful Tower." A later story would revisit Earth-C's France, but avoided Parrots entirely (in favor of depicting other regions of the country).
* ''ComicBook/LulaUndYankee'' (German comic) make a trip there.
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[[folder:Films]]
* ''[[{{Amelie}} Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain]]'' is set in Montmartre (the big white church is the ''Sacré Coeur'', a local landmark), an especially beautiful part of this beautiful city. It used to be known as the artists' quarter. The film was criticized by some for portraying Paris as unrealistically clean and [[UnfortunateImplications white-washed]].
** To the amusement and/or exasperation of the locals, the ''Amélie'' crew cleaned up their shooting locations so thoroughly that they started to clash with the rest of Montmartre, which is picturesque but also vibrantly grubby.
* About a third of the John Woo movie ''OnceAThief'' takes places in the stereotypical Paris as well.
* ''MoulinRouge'' is also set in Montmartre (just like the real thing). Establishing shots dutifully show the Eiffel Tower.
* The 1954 original and 1995 remake of ''{{Sabrina}}'' send the heroine to Paris on an internship of several years.
* The 1957 film ''LoveInTheAfternoon'', directed by Creator/BillyWilder and starring Creator/AudreyHepburn.
* ''FrenchKiss'', starring Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline, involves a woman going to Paris to track down her fiancé. Her oft-frustrated quest to see the Eiffel Tower is a minor plot point.
* ''An American In Paris'' and ''Irma La Douce''.
* ''CleoFrom5To7'' is the story of a young woman wandering in Paris on an early summer day in 1961.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'': A picturesque modern city, where events in the hospitality industry are apparently [[WorstNewsJudgmentEver considered front-page news]].
** And which is apparently, ahem, "''inspired''" by the ''Anatole'' book series.
** Fake cheese and wine, rows over ownership of recipes and chef's obituaries have all made Real Life headlines.
* ''{{North}}'': The French family wear berets, drinks wine, smokes, and watches Jerry Lewis all day.
* Disney's ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''.
* One scene in ''LooneyTunesBackInAction'' has Brendan Fraser chasing a villain leaving the Louvre... and somehow immediately reaching the Eiffel Tower like two seconds later. (In real life, they're [[http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=The+Louvre+to+Eiffel+Tower&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=37.136668,77.695313&ie=UTF8&z=13&om=1 about 4 km apart.]])
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'': The song "Paris Holds the Key to Your Heart".
** It also was a major chance for ProductPlacement, as WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick so helpfully points out.
* Disney's ''TheAristocats'' begins and ends in Paris; the middle part of the film takes place in the French countryside and shows the journey back to the French capital.
* ''{{Ninotchka}}''
* Ilsa and Rick of ''{{Casablanca}}'' "will always have Paris." There a long FallingInLoveMontage showing them there.
* ''TeamAmericaWorldPolice''. After opening on a striped-shirt accordion-playing garlic salesman (which turns out to be a [[ShowWithinAShow puppet-show]] for tourists), the first scene end with a shoot-out around the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower... and Louvre.
* ''Paris je t'aime'', a 2006 film which consists of eighteen short films set in different districts of Paris.
** Though this could be considered a subversion, since the shorts show much more variety of the city and its different cultural, racial and economic diversity - if often cleaner than in reality
* ''{{Clean}}'' begins in Vancouver and ends in San Francisco, but most of the middle parts are set in Paris.
* ''Literature/{{Perfume}}'' takes place in 18th century Paris and protrays the poorer areas as TheDungAges, making particular mention of the awful smells.
* ''Paris When It Sizzles''
* ''Is Paris Burning?''
* ''WesternAnimation/GayPurree''
* ''Funny Face'' even has a dedicated song ("Bonjour, Paris!") for this — incredibly corny and stereotyped to the point of silliness, but sweet.
* Paris is home to Inspector Clouseau of ''ThePinkPanther'' films.
* ''Film/{{Taken}}'' - Sure, other parts of France are visited but Paris is mentioned most often.
* Steve in ''Film/{{Singles}}'' has a postcard of two lovers kissing in Paris and often wishes life and love could be that simple.
* ''Film/MidnightInParis'' has both contemporary and period versions of the city.
* Seen for about eight minutes at high speed in Claude Lelouch's 1976 short film ''C'était un Rendezvous''.
* Averted in ''{{Frantic}}'' which shows a modern and multicultural Paris. You don't even catch a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower until nearly the end of the movie.
* ''VictorVictoria'' is set in '30s Paris, and features a song called "Gay Paree" (which heavily lampshades the DoubleEntendre of the phrase).
* ''Le Divorce''
* In ''TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', Sam's parents go on holiday to Paris. It is shown very briefly, but most of the requisite cliches (Arc de Triomphe, mimes, [[ForeignQueasine escargots]]) are in place.
* ''Film/FrenchCancan.'' The entire film's about the ''creation'' of both the Moulin Rouge and its showcase dance.
* NationalLampoonsEuropeanVacation greatly parodies this. Clark makes the whole family wear berets, and in a following scene, they eat at an atypical cafe outdoors, [[http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/hXTe5GOYGz8/hqdefault.jpg with the nearby Eiffel Tower thrust right in your face]]. The waiter is so over-the-top rude too perhaps as a means of parodying the stereotype.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* More French novels than one cares to list, but feel free to try.
** ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is a pretty famous one.
** ''Literature/LesMiserables'' plays straight and averts this trope as the first half of the novel is set in a variety of small towns. But the second the setting changes to Paris cue cafes, bohemians, rich snobs, and revolution.
* ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'': The second city is Paris.
* ''A Moveable Feast'': Hemingway's seminal novel established Paris as ''the'' place to be for interwar American artists.
* ''Literature/TenderIsTheNight'': Which is why F. Scott Fitzgerald moved there.
* ''Literature/TropicOfCancer'': And so did Henry Miller.
* ''Literature/ThePainterFromShanghai'': Pan Yuliang studied art in Paris and moved there permanently after 1937.
* The larger part of James Baldwin's ''Giovanni's Room'', which happens to be a [[CastFullOfGay gay]] but [[DownerEnding not that gay]] novel, takes place in Paris.
* ''Eloise in Paris''
* ''Literature/GentlemenPreferBlondes'' spent a chapter touring Paris. The musical spent proportionally more time there.
* A few works by Creator/ErnestHemingway are set in [[TheRoaringTwenties 1920s]] Paris, largely reflecting his experience. While somewhat reflecting the trope (bars and bistros and a generally "gay" lifestyle) he also makes apparent just how shallow the lives of Americans in Paris (many of whom he depicts as Type 2 {{Eagleland}}ers) can be. Particularly on display in ''Literature/TheSunAlsoRises'', wherein he contrasts Paris with Spain (particularly Pamplona and the world of bullfighting).
* A dystopian version of Paris is presented in John Birmingham's ''Without Warning'' as it comes apart during the French Intifada.
* Creator/AlanFurst books in general. Alan Furst doesn't need a woman. Paris is his mistress.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'', beginning with the time of ''The Next Generation'', made reference to the President of the Federation keeping offices in Paris. The Presidential Office has a view of the Eiffel Tower. Also in view of the Eiffel Tower is a café where Captain Picard once broke off a date with a woman who later marries a man who would go on to develop that episode's AppliedPhlebotinum.
** And everyone from Paris/France is ''English''.
** That being said, there is a partial subversion of this in Next Generation in that Picard, the only actual French character in all of Star Trek, is from [=LaBarre=], a small rural village that is nowhere near Paris.
* Daphne in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' lives in Paris. And yes, it has the Eiffel Tower clearly visible through a window.
* The Ricardos and Mertzes visited Paris during their trip to Europe on ''ILoveLucy''. The [[EstablishingShot establishing shot]] was of the Arc, Lucy encountered both a street artist and escargot in her first day there, and her hotel room had a head-on view of the Eiffel Tower.
* "The Monkees In Paris" is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: A 1968 episode of ''TheMonkees'' featuring the guys romping around GayParee, while being chased by a GroupieBrigade of faux [[FanGirl fangirls]] in the form of chic French models (it's true: they actually had no idea who the Monkees were. At the time, the TV show hadn't yet aired in France).
* On the first season of ''Series/TheAmazingRace'', teams had to travel to Paris and climb to the top of (you guessed it!) the Eiffel Tower, and use a telescope to find a flag on top of another landmark, which turned out to be (you guessed it!) the Arc de Triomphe.
* ''ThePrisoner'' features a stereotypical French party in one episode.
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'' has some involvement with the City of Light:
** In "Mr. Monk and the Paperboy", Monk solved a murder in France just by reading a newspaper article in the ''San Francisco Chronicle''.
** Partial subversion in the TieInNovel "Mr. Monk is Miserable", where Natalie expects to eat croissants and whatnot while enjoying the rustic splendor of the city. As soon as she sees the lights on the Eiffel Tower, and the [[FerrisWheelOfDoom Roue de Paris]], and the Arc de Triomphe merely because L'Arche de le Defense is visible from the top of it, she launches into a long CharacterFilibuster (with which [[AuthorFilibuster the author]] [[PoesLaw may or may not have agreed]]) about how commercialism and "doing things bigger" has ruined her beautiful city [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks from being the way it was twenty years ago on her honeymoon]]. [[DoubleSubverted Then]] she finds an enormous parisian flat with a personal cafe and a waterfall being run by a sewer [[strike: mutant]] vagrant (ItMakesSenseInContext) and repeatedly waxes poetically throughout the book about how Paris even has better garbage than San Francisco [[note]]despite only ever seeing garbage from the 7th arrondissiment[[/note]]. [[ZigZaggingTrope Triple-subverted]] ([[{{Drama}} or was it?]]) with a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] by yhe {{Cloudcuckoolander}} when the police are completely blase about a criminal plummeting to his death directly in front of them.
* The two-part finale of ''SexAndTheCity'' has Carrie moving to Paris with her Russian boyfriend Aleksandr Petrovsky...and being completely miserable there [[spoiler:until Big finally arrives to pop the question]].
* Duncan Macleod spent half of each season of ''{{Series/Highlander}}'' in Paris. (save the last season, which, due to it only having 12 episodes, was all set in Paris).
* In "My Master the Spy," an episode of ''IDreamOfJeannie'', Jeannie tricks Tony into eating lunch with her in Paris. However, he must be in Cocoa Beach at the same time, and voila! he's there too, which confuses both a French Air Force Officer and Dr. Bellows, who thinks one of the two is an impostor.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The 10cc song suite "Une Nuit a Paris" plays up all mock-sophisticated aspects of the trope [[PlayedForLaughs for laughs]], although it involves the murder of a ''gendarme''.
* The song "Paris" on ''Two Houses'' by Paul Gross (of ''Series/DueSouth'' fame) and David Keeley.
* Music/DeanMartin's "The Poor People of Paris" combines this with heavy SarcasmMode:
-->Just got back from Paris, France\\
All they do is sing and dance\\
All they got there is romance\\
What a tragedy!\\
Every boulevard has lovers\\
Every lover's in a trance\\
The poor people of Paree...
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Several Cole Porter musicals, including ''50 Million Frenchmen'', ''Can-Can'' and ''Silk Stockings''. (This last was just a ScreenToStageAdaptation of ''{{Ninotchka}}''.)
* ''The Merry Widow''
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''SakuraTaisen 3'' is set in Paris, and features every one of the above tropes, plus (for good measure) a suspiciously MoulinRouge-ish cabaret. Oh, and there's a huge [[spoiler:revolver cannon hidden under the Arc de Triomphe]]....
* ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}: VideoGame/RavingRabbids'' and its sequel seem to have a lot of sections set in Paris--fitting since the developers are French.
* Decidedly less comical example than most: Paris is the capital of the European Federation in ''Tom Clancy's EndWar'' and thus is a major battlefield, featuring the Eiffel Tower at the Europeans' critical uplink. May be the first time in gaming that ''Americans'' get to destroy the Tower... though the Russians can do it if they get there first.
* Speaking of Russia wrecking the Eiffel Tower (somewhat), the Soviets do convert it into a gigantic Tesla Coil in one mission of their campaign in ''CommandAndConquer: Red Alert 2''. Although you could destroy an imitation of the Arc de Triomphe and Louvre. Incidentally, in ''Red Alert 1'', failing a certain mission as the Allies results in a cutscene of [[MonumentalDamage a nuclear bomb going off near the Eiffel Tower]].
* Similarly, ''BattleTanx: Global Assault'' features a campaign level where the Tower is converted into a laser cannon; the player's objective is to get to the base of the tower and blow up the generator. Another mission shortly after has the player defending the Champs-Élysées from nearly a hundred enemy tanks (not all at once, thankfully).
* ''TwistedMetal 2'': The Paris level was a small chunk of narrow streets complete with alleys, bistros, boutiques and historical monuments set between the Eiffel Tower (which you could destroy, by the way) and the Notre-Dame de Paris.
* The first and last set of missions in ''MedalOfHonor Underground'' take place in Paris.
* ''TheSaboteur'' is a WideOpenSandbox game taking place in a Paris that ThoseWackyNazis have [[DeliberatelyMonochrome robbed of its color]].
* The Paris stages from ''GranTurismo 4'' sort of count: Opéra passes through Place de la Concorde, Rue de la Paix, Place Vendôme and the Opéra, whereas Georges V visits the Arc du Triomphe and Champs-Élysées.
* In ''ModernWarfare 3'', the player can witness the collapse of Eiffel Tower into Seine (after [[NiceJobBreakingItHero calling in an airstrike to take out the invading Russian forces]], no less).
* FinalFight 2 has a state set in France. It takes you from the somewhat realistic streets, past little café's, to an airport. The Eiffel Tower is only seen in the background.
* Lumiose City in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' is shaping up to be this, to go along with the Kalos region's general air of FantasyCounterpartCulture France. Comes complete with the ISO standard general architecture, an Eiffel Tower, and sidewalk cafés. The very first official artwork of the city also includes baguettes, berets, snooty people, and oafish tourists.
* ''VideoGame/RhythmThiefAndTheEmperorsTreasure'' is set entirely within Paris. Nearly every popular tourist landmark comes up somewhere in the story.
* Paris is the first big city Yuri and co. gets to visit during the events of ''[[VideoGame/ShadowHearts Shadow Hearts Covenant]]''. We can see the Eiffel Tower from Gepetto's apartment in Champs-Élysées as well as a lovely side-view of the Notre Dame Cathedral after emerging from an alternate exit of the abandoned railway. We're also intoduced to the [[IntrepidMerchant Magimel]] [[ThoseTwoGuys Brothers]], who certainly put "[[CampGay gay]]" back into GayParee.
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[[folder:WebComics]]
* in ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Galatea's first reappearance after her debut arc shows her to be living it up in Paris, apparently supporting herself through burglary. She wears a beret and scarf while eating at an outdoor bistro in sight of the Eiffel Tower. When in human disguise, she has a (holographic) cigarette in her mouth.
* ''Webcomic/{{Bandette}}'' is set in a NouvelleVague-meets-''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'' fairyland Paris.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Nearly all of the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoons featuring Pepe Le Pew center on this portrayal of Paris.
* The TalkingAnimal film ''WesternAnimation/GayPurree'' is set in turn-of-the-century France, with the bulk of the story taking place in Paris. However, it does acknowledge that other parts of France exist by beginning the story in Provence.
* ''Literature/{{Madeline}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}} in Paris'' is set in an especially stereotypical version of the place, yet ''also'' manages to invoke the FarEast stereotypes via musical numbers, a visit to a Japanese restaurant and a dream. Oh yeah, most of the action takes place in a Reptar theme park, so there's not as much Paris involved as the title would let you think. Yes, the Eiffel Tower is there, and so is the Arc de Triomphe, but not the Louvre. And Notre Dame, where [[spoiler:Chas (Chuckie's dad) and Coco [=LaBouche=]'s soon-to-be-ruined wedding took place]]. One line even had Betty about to fall asleep and asking Didi to "wake her up if she sees the [[Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame hunchback]]". Betty and Didi even hang a lampshade on the general lack of French-ness in their trip, at least culinary-wise:
--->''eating at a Japanese restaurant at the theme park''
--->'''Didi''': When I came to France, I had dreams of bouillabaise, crepes Suzette, chicken cordon bleu...
--->'''Betty''': Yeah, well, I had dreams of eating with a fork.
* Played straight on a episode of ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo?''
* Justifed by the ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' episode, "Kimber's Rebellion", as the French countess gives them the idea to film a video there.
* ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'': Paris is the only place outside the USA which appears twice in CDRR.
** The episode "Le Purrfect Crime" takes place in Paris. Several animals (!) are dressed in stereotypical French garb, the showdown takes place on the Eiffel Tower....
** "Love Is a Many Splintered Thing" includes a {{Flashback}} with Monty and a certain FemmeFatale mouse in Paris.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' where all the French monuments have become Chokey Chicken eateries.
* The original ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' visited Paris. Where the Eiffel tower was on a ''massive'' field of grass. Very likely.
** Though it might have been they were trying to render the [[http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Champs+de+Mars&hl=en&cd=1&ei=R4wbTNGTCMOh_Ab0nYhD&sig2=CWUq81suTRKeAhw43iODVw&ie=UTF8&view=map&cid=167228844627774358&iwloc=A&ved=0CB0QpQY&sa=X Champ de Mars]] but TheyJustDidntCare to go into all the details of every and each alley.
* The French doll Babette from ''RaggedyAnnAndAndyAMusicalAdventure'' all she ever wanted is to go back to her precious town of "Gay Paree".
* The motion capture animated film ''Renaissance'' takes place in a futuristic Paris with Hausmann-style neo-retro architecture.
* Like most of the examples the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Foreign Affairs" during Lois and Bonnie's trip never once do they mention France by name or any of the other cities.
* ''TheFlintstones'' visited prehistoric Paris in the theatrical movie ''The Man Called Flintstone''. Various sights of Paris were seen during a song number, depicting it as a Stone Age version of this trope. Unusually for the series, Paris doesn't have a "prehistoric" rock-pun name, though the wood-and-stone-constructed "Eiffelrock Tower" is shown. Paris (and the Eiffelrock Tower) is briefly seen again in the late 1970s special "A Flintstone Christmas."
* Presenting ''AliceOfWonderlandInParis''.
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[[folder:Films]]
* The French film ''Film/LaHaine'' rarely ventures inside central Paris, the area surrounded by the Périphérique; instead, most of the action takes place in the surrounding ''banlieue'', more precisely, in the Yvelines, west of Paris.
* ''Film/MrBeansHoliday'' has the bumbling titular character arriving in Paris at the start of his vacation, but spends much of the film in the countryside and ultimately arrives in Cannes.
* While set in Paris, ''{{Killing Zoe}}'' was entirely filmed in Los Angelas. If it weren't for the french actors, this could be any other Noir picture.
* ''{{Ronin}}'' starts and finishes in a realistic grubby corner café in Paris, and takes in the Périphérique ring-road, a condemned residential area in the midst of being torn down and a convention hall that could be anywhere.
* ''Banlieue13'' is set almost entirely in Paris's worst suburbs.
* Averted in both ''MoulinRouge!'' and ''MoulinRouge'' (the 1952 film). Both set in the GayNineties, in the historically accurate latter the streets are filthy and smelly, muggings are common and prostitutes are frequently arrested. In the former the beautiful Moulin Rouge contrasts with the reality of that era (that inner-Paris was a slum and drug and drink addicts line the streets).
* ''{{Frantic}}'' presents a modern Paris with plenty of Arabs and Africans in it, and we don't even glimpse the Eiffel Tower until the end of the movie.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheBourneSeries'' has Paris as a rather grim place, where Carlos the Jackal and his "old men of Paris" hang out. No one does any sight-seeing and in the first book, Jason/David and Marie spend a considerable amount of time running for their lives, with Marie also suffering from an attempted rape. Not a happy holiday.
* Creator/GeorgeOrwell's first novel, ''Down and Out in Paris and London'' is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: the fist half is all about him living a hand-to-mouth existence in Paris, eventually becoming a ''plongeur'' (dishwasher) in two different posh restaurants, where he can see the world of overworked, underpaid workers necessary to maintain "GayParee."
* Lampshaded in ''Neil Flambé And The Crusader's Curse'', when Neil visits La Défense and notes how unlike the traditional image of Paris it is.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Engrenages}}'' has been described as a French version of ''Series/TheWire'', and features gritty police drama in some of Paris's poorest and grottiest neighbourhoods.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' Paris is under martial law [[CrapsackWorld like much of the world]], so its depiction is influenced by [[WorldWar wartime Paris of the past century]]. The Eiffel tower and other famous landmarks are [[CityNoir displayed rather gloomily]]. [[SmokingIsCool Everyone smokes]] and engages in deep discussions of culture, [[LaResistance politics]] and [[ThePhilosopher the human condition]], even in bars and discotheque.
* In ''Street Fighter 3: Third Strike'', the French character Remy has a stage that is completely bizarre. The [[http://www.gamerevolution.com/images/games/dreamcast/street_fighter_iii_third_strike/street_fighter_iii_third_strike_002.jpg left hand side]] looks ''pretty much'' like it could be some back-street in Paris, but the [[http://www.ntsc-uk.com/features/tqn/StreetFighterIIIGuide/03.jpg right hand side (Disco Metro entrance)]] is pure fantasy and indeed, looks more like something out of ''Final Fantasy 7'', rather than a real-world location. The incongruence is compounded by the fact that ''Third Strike's'' other stages are all generally based on real locations from the countries that the fighters represent - 42nd street subway (US), Santos Harbor (Brazil), St Basil's Cathedral (Russia), the Harrod's building, London (UK) etc.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown'', and the subsequent TV special ''What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?'' avoided Paris entirely on a trip to France. Granted, their vision of northern France was pretty generic, except for the accents, and the war memorial they visited in the TV special.
* Averted with the suburban Boulogne-Billancourt setting of ''CodeLyoko''.
** To be fair, Bologune-Billancourt is a suburb of Paris, but the city landmarks are never seen.
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