In Marseille, in the slums of the city center

In Marseille, in the slums of the city center

In November 2018, the collapse of a building on rue d’Aubagne in Marseille left 8 people dead and caused a political crisis. What has happened since? Dangerous orders, evacuations and landlords prosecuted … the new municipality has made housing its priority.

Correspondent.  In Marseille, in the slums of the city center

In November 2018, the collapse of a building on rue d’Aubagne in Marseille left 8 people dead and caused a political crisis. What has happened since? More than 500 buildings were the subject of a peril decree, 5,000 people were evacuated and relocated to the hotel.

Justice began to prosecute the owners, like this osteopath who will soon be tried: the roof of one of his buildings fell into an apartment, leading to the evacuation of all the tenants.

One in eight people live in unworthy conditions

The new municipality has made housing its priority, in a city where 1 in 8 inhabitants live in unworthy conditions. Because many buildings in downtown Marseille still house slums, unsanitary or dangerous. And for lack of social housing, the poorest inhabitants find nothing else: like Abdallah, who has been stepping up for four years to leave the apartment with wet walls, infested with mice and rats, in which he is raising his two girls. Its owner finds it “Very demanding” …

A report by Nathalie Sapéna, Frédéric Bazille and Karim Anette broadcast in “Special Envoy” on June 17, 2021.

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Among our sources

– One can consult the decrees of danger taken by the town hall of Marseilles.

– In 2015, three years before the tragedy in rue d’Aubagne, the Nicol report drew up a visionary inventory of the housing situation in Marseille. This report makes reference.

– On poverty in Marseille, we can consult the figures of INSEE (they date from 2013) which classify the district of Belle de Mai as the poorest in France, and a report from Action Against Hunger of December 2020 .

– We can consult the Charter for a dignified rehousing, negotiated between the town hall of Marseille and the defense collectives, which governs the rehousing of people evacuated following a dangerous order. This charter is a step forward compared to the law on the care of evacuated tenants. It could serve as a model for changing the law or practices in other cities.

– For more details on the Karima affair, lodged and employed illegally by David B., read Marsactu, a local investigative newspaper which revealed the case and helped to get justice to look into its methods: “The tourist sleep merchant is also accused of twisting labor law”, “Locked up for hiring a apartment in danger to tourists, David B. is a regular in the genre ”,“ Already multi-indicted, David B. was once again renting an apartment in danger ”.

Non-exhaustive list.