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This is a question of continuous debate in France between the residents of Marseilles and Lyon, as depending on one's frame of reference, either could be counted "largest."
If one counts the actual central city population, Marseilles is larger, at just over 800,000, compared with Lyon's 400,000.
However, if one counts the greater metropolitan area, Lyon tops the list, at 1,600,000, versus Marseilles, with 1,500,000.
Most lists count Marseilles, with its larger core population, as the "true" second largest city in France, but the citizens of Lyon continue to disagree.
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