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 22 July

A new heatwave is underway, affecting much of France during the next few days Evening Update Monday 22 July Read More

22/07/2019

French and Riviera News.Monday July 22nd 2019

Pollution alert-The Var has been placed on a level 1 air pollution alert with poor air quality across the region.... French and Riviera News.Monday July 22nd 2019 Read More

22/07/2019

Evening Update Friday 19 July

The Prefect of the Alpes Maritimes, Bernard Gonzalez, has announced wide-ranging measures aimed at keeping public order around this evening’s Africa C... Evening Update Friday 19 July Read More

19/07/2019

French and Riviera News.Friday July 19th 2019

Hospital Strike-Accident and emergency staff at Nice hospitals are into a third day of strike action today.... French and Riviera News.Friday July 19th 2019 Read More

19/07/2019

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