Keyword: Marseille

Three French Riviera cities among world’s ‘least friendly’

Travel magazine survey put Marseille, Cannes and Nice in the top 30 of the world’s least tourist-friendly destinations on the planet.

Police seize nearly 6 tonnes of cannabis resin in Marseille

The drug bust, which followed months of investigation, found 5.6 tonnes in a villa in the southern port city and another 150kg in a nearby car.

Eurostar debuts London to Marseille high-speed rail service

Passengers on the service from St Pancras International will be able to reach the French Mediterranean port city in just over six hours.

French answer to 'House of Cards' set in Marseille

But makers of new Netflix political drama insist they will avoid stereotyping 'larger than life' Mediterranean city as crime-ridden and seamy.

Marseille police sieze seven Kalashnikovs in hunt for gunmen - UPDATE

The Mediterranean port's rundown neighbourhood of Castellane was under siege after police cars came under fire on Monday morning.

French prison guards warn Marseille jail has become a 'holiday camp'

Inmates of Baumettes prison near Marseille ran a Facebook page that showed them posing with mobile phones, cannabis and fistfuls of cash.

French anger over 'Nazi style’ badges for homeless

Marseille forced to scrap a system of yellow triangles intended to help homeless people after it was accused of employing Nazi-style tactics.

Dirty old town - the illuminating story of Marseille's dustmen


Rubbish collection in Marseille has always been inseparable from local democracy, clientelism and political self-interest, argue the authors of a fascinating book on the history of dustmen in France's biggest Mediterranean city. The writers, one of whom was himself a Marseille dustman for 23 years, reveal how from the 19th century onwards the city has had its own unique way of organising refuse collection, one intimately linked to the power of trade unions and the desire of local politicians to have the backing of the municipal workforce. They also show how Marseille's reputation as not being the cleanest of French cities can trace its roots back to Roman times. Louise Fessard outlines the authors' key themes, followed by extracts from the book itself.

French football rocked by Marseille bung probe and match-fixing arrests

A total of 13 people, including the presidents of Marseille and Caen football clubs, were arrested Tuesday in separate corruption probes.

Europe's salvation 'came from the south' says Hollande at southern D-Day anniversary

French president also praised role of African troops whose sacrifice 'bound our country to Africa with a bond of blood that no one can undo'.

French president leads 'southern D-Day' tributes, 70 years on

A total of 28 nations took part in Operation Dragoon on the beaches near Marseille on August 15, 1944, with a total force of 450,000 men.

How Marseille scored an own goal in PPP deal to refurbish the Stade Vélodrome


A fierce and colourful dispute between l’Olympique de Marseille, one of France’s most celebrated football clubs, and Marseille’s city council was ended last week after both sides agreed a new deal on the rent the club should pay for the use of its iconic home ground, the Stade Vélodrome. The cost of the club’s rental of the stadium, owned by the city, was increased five-fold to compensate the steep financial terms of its renovation under a public-private partnership (PPP) deal. But, as Thomas Saint-Cricq reports, the agreement threatens to become a financial disaster for Marseille’s taxpayers and highlights the incompetence of cash-strapped local authorities to negotiate PPPs – all to the benefit of their private 'partners'.

Boycotts blight annual French boules championships

Team pulls out of world championship in Marseille after claiming to have received death threats from rivals who promised to 'rip off their heads'.

France arrests four over suspected Syria jihadist ring

The four were detained in Marseille over allegations that they have been helping to recruit volunteers for radical Islamist networks in Syria.

Football, more than just a game in Marseille