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Paris world's best place to live, study finds

The world-famous Notre Dame Cathedral seen from the Pont des Arts, part of Paris's architectural heritage
The world-famous Notre Dame Cathedral seen from the Pont des Arts, part of Paris's architectural heritage Open access/Benh Lieu Song

A Japanese research institute has named Paris the world's most livable and accessible city. The Mori Memorial Foundation's Global Power City Index 2015 ranked 40 major world cities according to what it called their "magnetism". 

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The Tokyo-based institute evaluated six criteria for its overall judgement.

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London came out on top.

New York finished second.

Paris finished third but scored highest in the Index's Livability and Accessibility categories.

The French capital scored less favourably in the category of economics and fell out of the top five for enviromental concerns.

One of the report's urban experts says Paris should thank its architectural and urban heritage for being named the world's nicest place to live.

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