You use à when describing going to or being in a city.
And you use de to indicate being, coming or returning from a city.
So then how do you decide if you want to express being in a city since you use both de and à?
I can see why you would be confused. You would only use 'de' with the verb 'être' when you want to say where you were born really -
J'habite à Chartres mais je suis de Versailles = I live in Chartres but I come from Versailles
Je suis à Londres = I am in London
Je suis de Londres = I am from London
Prepositions are difficult as in French we often use different ones from the ones used in English.
Hope this helps!
"You use à when describing going to or being in a city."
In the case above à represents "to" or "at"
"de to indicate being, coming or returning from a city."
In this case above "de" represents "from" or "of origin"
It can be tricky I agree, but these two prepositions have multiple meanings depending upon the context, so I suggest that you study each in any quality dictionary.
Hope this helps
À is used to express being IN a city. De is used to express being FROM a city. In other words, two different states of BEING
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