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 Thursday 18 July

The Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi has asked the Prefect for extra security at the Pasteur hospital in Nice... Evening Update Thursday 18 July Read More

18/07/2019

French and Riviera News.Thursday July 18th 2019

New Heatwave-Météo France has warned that a new heatwave is set to grip the country next week with a mass of hot air from the African continent blocke... French and Riviera News.Thursday July 18th 2019 Read More

18/07/2019

Evening Update Wednesday 17 July

Meteo France are forecasting another heatwave for next week. Evening Update Wednesday 17 July Read More

17/07/2019

French and Riviera News.Wednesday July 17th 2019

Motorway drivers-Police in the south of France have again highlighted growing numbers of cases of dangerous driving on the region’s motorways.... French and Riviera News.Wednesday July 17th 2019 Read More

17/07/2019

Evening Update Tuesday 16 July

A 50 year old hiker from La Gaude has died in the Alps Evening Update Tuesday 16 July Read More

16/07/2019