Paris is the capital and largest city in continental France, located on the Seine River in the administrative region of Paris. The city's population is 12,300,100, making it the largest city in continental France, and the second most populous city in the French Empire. Paris is regarded as a global city and has been, since the 1810's. Paris continues to be one of the few cities that manages trade, commerce, diplomacy, and political-descision making. The city is also a culture center, with many influences from South America, Asia, India, and Africa.