Keyword: Marseille

Derailed high-speed train disrupts traffic to and from Marseille

French railways operator SNCF said there will be disruption to trains arriving at and departing from Marseille over the coming days after a high-speed train from Paris derailed, without causing injuries, on its low-speed approach to the Mediterranean port city for reasons that remain unexplained.

Battle over McDonald's 'union stronghold' in Marseille

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A McDonald's restaurant in the north of Marseille faces closure in the coming days as it gets sold to a mysterious new owner. The current owners of the franchise say the fast-food restaurant is closing simply because it has made heavy losses in recent years. But unions and staff insist the sale is simply a ruse to get rid of an outlet whose employees have successfully led many forms of industrial action in recent years, both locally and nationally. As Dan Israel reports, the 70 staff have now made an official complaint of attempted fraud on the part of the franchise owners.

Marseille knifeman was 'petty criminal who used several aliases'

Senior French public prosecutor François Molins said the knife-wielding man who murdered two young women outside the central train station in Marseille on Sunday before being shot dead by patrolling soldiers in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group was of North African origin who used several false identities, and was released by police in Lyon on Saturday after his arrest for suspected shoplifting.

Two women killed in Marseille knife attack claimed by IS group

French military police shot the man dead at city's St Charles train station on after he killed two women with a knife.

US tourists in Marseille attacked with acid

A group of four tourists from Boston were attacked in the central rail station of Marseille, southern France, by a woman described as mentally unstable who sprayed acid over them, causing facial burns to two of the group. 

French police downplay terror link in van's fatal bus stop hits

One person was killed in Marseille when van crashed into two bus shelters but French police are not treating it as terrorism at this stage.

Train passengers stranded as southern France wildfires halt services

Thousands of passengers were forced to sleep in their trains overnight Saturday after rail services linking Marseille and Nice were halted as a  precautionary measure when weekend wildfires, which left three firefighters and an elderly woman in need of medical treatment, surrounded tracks.

Macron takes on the press with move to sue paparazzi

Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte in a staged photo shoot during his election campaign. Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte in a staged photo shoot during his election campaign.

French president Emmanuel Macron has lodged a legal complaint for “harassment” and “violation of personal privacy” against a photographer he alleges entered the private property in Marseille where the president and his wife Brigitte were holidaying. The photographer, Thibaut Daliphard, denies trespassing but was arrested and questioned for six hours in custody, when his computer and images were studied by police. Thomas Cantaloube and Michaël Hajdenberg report on the events which highlight Macron’s very firm control of his public image and the journalists who follow him, and also the highly questionable legal move of a president who is by virtue of the French constitution immune to prosecution.

Teenager jailed for attack on Jewish teacher in France

The 17-year-old is said to have claimed he carried out attack on the teacher on a Marseille street in January 2016 in the name of Islamic State.

Killing in Marseille brings region's shooting deaths in 2016 to 33

A 19-year-old man was shot dead in a café in the Mediterranean port in an attack by three men who the local prosecutor said are also suspected of kidnapping an aquaintance who was with him. 

French police thwart possible terror plot

Seven people in Strasbourg and Marseille have been arrested over what the French interior minister called a new potential attack.

The fight to allow France's poor a dignified burial

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Funeral costs in France can often be beyond the means of the least well-off and their surviving relatives. In one region an association has teamed up with an insurance company to offer low-cost cover to ensure that the poor can organise a dignified final ceremony. In other areas local associations are naming and shaming local councils in a bid to force them to carry out their legal obligations to provide decent burial arrangements for the most disadvantaged. Mathilde Goanec reports.

Two shot dead in Marseille

The victims, aged 20 and 22, were shot by two men on a scooter using a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun who escaped the scene said a local public prosecutor in the Mediterranean port, bringing to 28 the number of people fatally wounded in shootings in and around the city this year.

One dead, four injured in safety drill on world's largest cruise ship

A lifeboat with five crew members in it fell from the Harmony of the Seas, while docked in Marseille, reportedly tumbling 10 metres from the ship's fifth deck.

US businessman set to buy Marseille football club

Frank McCourt, former owner of Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, described the French club as 'one of the most iconic brands in all sports'.