Marseille: France’s crumbling city
In France’s second city, the collapse of two buildings killing eight people has prompted popular anger and political scandal. So why is Marseille falling apart?
On the 5 November last year, two apartment buildings collapsed in Marseille’s historic centre. Eight people died in a tragedy which has sent shockwaves through France’s second city, and the country.
The accident sheds light on something that residents have been saying for years: Marseille’s city centre is falling apart. After decades of neglect by slum landlords, the poor, multi-ethnic area in the heart of the city is in a desperate state of disrepair. In a frantic attempt to avoid further disasters, the local government has evacuated thousands of residents from the area - and hundreds are still staying in hotels.
This tragedy has morphed into a political scandal which is shaken Marseille to the core – and anger at the local authorities is still palpable.
Presenter: Lucy Ash
Producer: Josephine Casserly
(Photo: Graffiti in the neighbourhood of Noailles, Marseille. Credit: BBC)