Is the people in a city considered female?

Is the people in a city considered female?

From the C1 week 62 writing challenge, talking about a heat wave: "á Paris par exemple, elles ont atteint les 29°C vers 4h du matin". No particular group of people were mentioned in previous sentences, so why "elles"? Are the inhabitants of Paris (or perhaps of cities in general) as a group considered female?
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AurélieKwiziq language super starCorrect answer
Bonjour Joakim !

In the context of this challenge, the "elles" here referred to the temperatures :)
"une température"

Bonne journée !
RonC1
Bonjour Joakim, Il y a 3 or 5 mots qui sont utilisés pour «people» : --(gen) gens mpl --(indefinite use) people say that ... on dit que ..., les gens disent que ... --(= individuals) personnes fpl --(of a particular kind) old people les personnes fpl âgées --(= citizens) peuple m --(= nation, race) peuple m (= ordinary people) the people le peuple et generic, lambda Mais, dans l'exemple donné, l'auteur parle de la température, pas des personnes. [of air, water, place, room, oven] température f Le mot température est au féminin dont ce requiert l'usage d'elles. J'espère que ma réponse vous aidera. Bonne chance!
Aha. In my native Swedish it wouldn't make sense to talk about temperatures in plural like this, so I assumed "elles" was the people who measured or experienced the temperatures. Merci!
RonC1
Aaah, bien sûr ! Ce n'était pas une problème, je suis très ravi d'avoir vous aidé. Bonne soirée et bonne chance dans votre études français. Ron

Is the people in a city considered female?

From the C1 week 62 writing challenge, talking about a heat wave: "á Paris par exemple, elles ont atteint les 29°C vers 4h du matin". No particular group of people were mentioned in previous sentences, so why "elles"? Are the inhabitants of Paris (or perhaps of cities in general) as a group considered female?

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