Marseille

Marseille - Citizens’ protests groups in Marseille have claimed that the city is facing its biggest crisis in decades as city-centre residents fear historical buildings, which have turned to slums, could crumble and fall. Grief and fury spread through the heart of the city after eight people were killed in November when two buildings collapsed near the picturesque old port.

Citizens’ protests groups are asking how a city that has spent millions in the past decade on high-profile waterfront museum projects and attracting cruise-ship visitors could abandon residents and architecture to fatal neglect.

In 2015, a government report warned that 40,000 dilapidated and dangerous homes were a health or security risk to 100,000 people, many in the city centre, but campaigners say little was done. Hundreds of families in Marseille have been evacuated from flats feared to be unsafe in recent months. Around 1,000 people – many on low incomes – are still sleeping in hotels, waiting to be rehoused.

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Evening Update 16 Oct

A massive police operation this morning has led to the arrests of thirty people and the seizure of several kilograms of drugs and large amounts of cas... Evening Update 16 Oct Read More

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Missing person

Police have appealed following the worrying disappearance of 41 year old Luc Hébert from Saint Laurent du Var. Hébert left his home around noon on Tue... Missing person Read More

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Picasso painting

Le Compotier", a work by artist Pablo Picasso and painted in Antibes in 1946, will be auctioned on Friday, October 18th at Christie's in Paris, on the... Picasso painting Read More

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Eight activists fined

Eight activists have been fined 500 euros each for having taken down portraits of French President Emmanuel Macron in town halls in the French capital... Eight activists fined Read More

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Polluted water

Alarmed residents in the Côte d’Or region of France have aired their concern over the quality of drinking water in their region for fear it is “pollut... Polluted water Read More

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