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 Friday 24 January 2020

It’s been another day of industrial action across France today in protest at the government’s proposed pension reforms... Evening Update Friday 24 January 2020 Read More

24/01/2020

French and Riviera News.Friday January 24th 2020

Strike action-Public transport is being seriously affected today because of strike action in protest over the government’s pension reforms.... French and Riviera News.Friday January 24th 2020 Read More

24/01/2020

Evening Update Thursday 23 January 2020

Protesting lawyers this morning blocked the entrance to the Prefecture in Nice and then blocked an access ramp to the motorway... Evening Update Thursday 23 January 2020 Read More

23/01/2020

Pension Reform and strikes

The French government has said it will look at punishing striking workers who cut power supplies to tens of thousands of homes and businesses people i... Pension Reform and strikes Read More

23/01/2020

Nicoise Alizé Cornet knocked out of Australian Open

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23/01/2020