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Wednesday 26 March 2008

Marseille is France’s major port and over centuries has been defined by the waves of immigrants that have settled in the city – Tunisians, Moroccans, Algerians, Italians, Armenians, Jewish communities, and now Eastern Europeans and Indian Ocean immigrants too. When burning cars and race riots tore at the fabric of France in 2005, and again in 2007, Marseille was expected to explode, but it did not. How did its most diverse city manage to escape unscathed? Laurie Taylor explores Marseille’s unique racial geography to find out what kept the peace.


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