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 23 October 2020

The Alpes-Maritimes and the Var are amongst 54 departments in France to be subject to curfew restrictions from midnight tonight... Evening Update Friday 23 October 2020 Read More

23/10/2020

Lunchtime News Friday October 23rd 2020

Curfew-Curfew restrictions come into force in the Alpes-Maritimes and Var from midnight tonight with members of the public required to stay at home fr... Lunchtime News Friday October 23rd 2020 Read More

23/10/2020

French and Riviera News Friday October 23rd 2020

Curfew-The Alpes-Maritimes and the Var are both to be subject to curfew restrictions from midnight tonight as the government attempts to slow the spre... French and Riviera News Friday October 23rd 2020 Read More

23/10/2020

Evening Update Thursday 22 October 2020

The Alpes Maritimes and the Var are on a new list of 38 departments which are being put under curfew by the French government... Evening Update Thursday 22 October 2020 Read More

22/10/2020