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 18 April

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18/04/2019

Nice football club

Local media has reported that a meeting between the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi and the shareholders of the club is planned for Friday in Nice. ... Nice football club Read More

18/04/2019

American Bar Best Hotel Bar of the Year 2019

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18/04/2019

French and Riviera News Thursday 18th April 2019

News that wealthy French families have pledged enormous donations to rebuild Paris’s damaged Notre-Dame cathedral, has led to criticism from some.... French and Riviera News Thursday 18th April 2019 Read More

18/04/2019

Evening Update

A leading gillets jaunes activist has slammed donations from France’s billionaires, to help re-construct the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. Ingrid ... Evening Update Read More

17/04/2019