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 Thursday 28th January 2021

A 37-year-old man, heavily under the influence of alcohol has been hit by a vehicle on the RD562. The incident occurred shortly after 8pm on Wednesda... French and Riviera News Thursday 28th January 2021 Read More

28/01/2021

Evening Update Wednesday 27 January 2021

A French government spokesperson has said that the 6pm curfew is "relatively effective" but "not sufficient at this stage". ... Evening Update Wednesday 27 January 2021 Read More

27/01/2021

Lunchtime News Wednesday 27th January 2021

Monaco has decided to extend all current health measures until February 19th. Lunchtime News Wednesday 27th January 2021 Read More

27/01/2021

French and Riviera News Wednesday 27th January 2021

The European Commission has recommended that all governments prevent “non-essential” travel to the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region in an attempt to ... French and Riviera News Wednesday 27th January 2021 Read More

27/01/2021

Evening Update Tuesday 26 January 2021

Several mayors in the Alpes-Maritimes have issued a joint open letter saying that they note the fall in the number of doses for vaccination centers an... Evening Update Tuesday 26 January 2021 Read More

26/01/2021