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 Monday 20 January 2020

The body of a man has been discovered in Sanary in the Var this morning Evening Update Monday 20 January 2020 Read More

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Baccalaureate and registration for Parcoursup

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“Blue Monday” reported as a scam

It was Cliff Arnall in 2005, who at the time claimed to be a psychologist at Cardiff University in Wales, had invented an equation to calculate which ... “Blue Monday” reported as a scam Read More

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Weather warning

Météo France has placed the Alpes Maritimes on a yellow weather alert from midday today Weather warning Read More

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French and Riviera News Monday 20th January 2020

A man in his fifties has drowned off the coast of Roquebrune Cap Martin. French and Riviera News Monday 20th January 2020 Read More

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