Marseille

Millionaires, billionaires, the Elysée Palace and the battle for Marseille

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A curious bidding war between some of France's richest men over the ownership of loss-making daily newspapers in the south of France is nothing more than a preliminary move in a political chess game for power in Marseille, Mediapart has learned. As Laurent Mauduit reports, the cast of characters includes colourful businessman Bernard Tapie, billionaire François Pinault and President François Hollande himself, with various political interests pulling strings behind the scenes, in a tale of shifting alliances, old friendships and enmities.

France investigates Marseille anti-crime squad police

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At least 12 members of 'anti-crime' sqaud arrested after claims that they stole drugs and cash from drug dealers and cigarettes from illicit sellers.

Roma rights groups plan international protests after Marseille mob torches camp

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Rights groups supporting Roma migrants call for international protests after a mob of  Marseille residents torched one of their camps.

France vows response as Marseille hit by wave of shootings

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Government rejects calls for the army to be sent in to crack down on drug dealers in Mediterranean port city, but promises a tough response.

Gang rob cargo plane unloading at Marseille airport

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An armed gang attacked a cargo plane unloading at Marseille airport, driving a car through a perimeter fence, reports La Provence newspaper.

French police injured in burka ban arrest row

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French police unions furious at no action taken after three officers were attacked while checking the identity of a woman flouting a burka ban.

Six die in Marseille care-home fire

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Six women died and 13 other people were injured in a fire at a care-home for the elderly in the southern French city of Marseille.