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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French and Riviera News Monday 21st September 2020

Two people have been rescued by firefighters after heavy rainfall hit the region on Sunday afternoon. Emergency services intervened after the couple f... French and Riviera News Monday 21st September 2020 Read More

21/09/2020

Evening Update Friday 18 September 2020

The Prefect of the Alpes Maritimes announced new measures today to combat the spread of covid-19 in Nice. ... Evening Update Friday 18 September 2020 Read More

18/09/2020

Lunchtime News Friday 18th September 2020

The president of the “Citizens” association David Nakache, has criticized loudspeakers in Nice broadcasting anti-Covid-19 prevention messages saying “... Lunchtime News Friday 18th September 2020 Read More

18/09/2020

French and Riviera News Friday 18th September 2020

A man has died following a diving accident in Cavalaire-sur-Mer in the Var. The accident occurred at a popular site for divers in the region.... French and Riviera News Friday 18th September 2020 Read More

18/09/2020