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Orly is a commune in the southern suburbs of Paris, located 7.9 miles from its centre. A commune is the lowest level of administrative division in the French Republic, roughly equivalent to incorporated municipalities or villages. With a population of over 21,000 inhabitants, Orly is part of both the region of Ile de France and the Val de Marne department, while its chief town is Creteil.
Orly started life off in the 12th century as a village belonging to the canons of Notre-Dame de Paris. In 1360, during the Hundred Years War, the British mounted an attack on the village wiping out 45% of the adult male population. The creation of a modern city started to take place in the 19th century with the building of its first two schools, its first town hall and church square as well as the organisation of a public transport service. 1956 saw a period of unplanned urbanisation with 24,000 new residents moving to the city. Today the city continues to grow with the prospect of regaining the Seine River.