Macron unveils 1.5bln-euro plan to tackle social crises in Marseille

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French President Emmanuel Macron, who on Wednesday began a three-day visit to Marseille, has detailed state financing of around 1.5 billion euros to tackle mounting social and security crises in the Mediterranean port city that is increasingly making headlines for incidents of violent crime to a backdrop of failing schools, high unemployment,  insalubrious lodgings and an inadequate transport infrastructure.

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French President Emmanuel Macron spoke of an “urgent need to accelerate" the transformation of Marseille Thursday as he rolled out a plan to tackle a “social, health and security emergency” in a city grappling with drugs, violent crime, and dilapidated schools, public housing and hospitals, reports Radio France Internationale.