The seat of the government of Paris is at the Hotel de Ville, a very large and attention grabbing building on Rue de Rivoli. It has a very long history and the interior was even destroyed during the Commune, an uprising in 1870. It was rebuilt in a very sumptuous style, with pure gold gilding and Baccarat chandeliers in the manner of Verseilles. I’ve known for ages that you could take free tours and finally made a reservation. The tour was lead in French but you can get a tour in English if you have a large group. Anyway, I enjoyed seeing the interior. By the way, the mayor threw open the doors in 2006 on the first Nuit Blanche and was stabbed (and survived) there. I had forgotten that. There are hundreds of years of history since the city has been run from this spot since 1357.