Marseille, friends: "found the body of Simona"


After two days the hope was extinguished. The body of Simona Carpignano, 30, the girl from Taranto who lived in Marseilles, was found under the rubble of the two collapsed buildings Tuesday morning in rue d'Aubagne. According to some young Apulian friends and two posts published on the Facebook page "Italians in Marseille" by two people who live in the French city. However, there are still no official confirmations from the authorities.

Simona's father would have already arrived at the place for recognition.

Thirty years old, born and raised in Taranto, after graduating in languages ​​at the University of Salento, Simona Carpignano had moved to Paris, France, for a second degree and a master's degree. He had chosen to go to Marseille a few months ago for work.

The local newspaper La Provence Yesterday he had published a photo dating back to three days before the collapse, in which the young woman was seen during a dinner with the fourth-floor neighbor, Fabien, a fifty-year-old painter who had also disappeared.

According to the newspaper, Simona, after a few weeks living in the building, wanted to leave: "She did not stop saying that she would collapse and we tried to reassure her because we did not believe it", she tells

La Provence Sylvain, Fabien's partner.

Simona's parents arrived on Tuesday in Paris. Sophie, a 25-year-old student, said she had left her apartment on Sunday night to go to her parents because "the doors of several apartments no longer closed or closed just a few days" and adds that she filed a complaint with the judicial police on Monday. in charge of the investigation. The City has suggested that the heavy rains of recent days may have caused the catastrophe, but several opposition representatives have brought up the problem of housing in Marseilles.

The bodies of six other people, four men and two women, have been extracted from the rubble, but rescuers fear that there may be two other people buried under the concrete blocks of the buildings.

The attorney of Marseilles, Xavier Tarabeux, said that it is not yet possible to establish the precise causes of the collapse in the "current state". "It is premature to impute criminal responsibility" considering the complexity of the situation ", added the public prosecutor.

"We do not know which of the two buildings led to the collapse," he went on to underline that the buildings of rue Aubagne are from the late 18th century and the buildings were built "one leaning against the other".

Investigators would gather evidence that the building at number 65 had "moved" before the collapse.

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