Marseille: thousands of people for the victims of Aubagne

Marseille: thousands of people for the victims of Aubagne

Six days after the collapse of two buildings that left at least 8 dead, a white march was organized Saturday to pay tribute to the victims and denounce the mismanagement of Mayor Jean-Claude Gaudin in this case.

Several thousand people gathered Saturday in Marseille, six days after the spontaneous collapse of two dilapidated buildings in the rue d'Aubagne, which killed eight people. From 3:00 pm, protesters marched from Notre-Dame-du-Mont metro to the Vieux-Port behind a banner "Noailles dies, Marseille in mourning".

As a symbol of criticism and controversy that hit the municipality and its management of unworthy housing since the tragedy occurred, the balcony of a building apparently in good general condition has partially collapsed on the course of the white march, making 3 light wounded.

Residents and associations organized this white march to pay tribute to the victims but also to express their anger against the town hall and Jean-Claude Gaudin (LR). Throughout the week, critics of the management of the mayor of Marseille, in the city for 22 years, have continued to grow. Friday, while the prefect held a press conference, protesters chanted in the rain "Gaudin assassin!" In front of the prefecture. Opponents of the mayor denounce the "negligence of the authorities", like Jean-Luc Mélenchon, LFI deputy Bouches-du-Rhone, who points "indifference to the poor". Senator PS Samia Ghali, who offered her help to the central mayor, also denounced the "development of unhealthy housing in Marseille which had been widely known to the authorities through the Nicol Report in 2015". This report submitted to the government in 2015, reported 40,000 unworthy housing in Marseille, threatening the security of nearly 100,000 inhabitants (Marseille has more than 860,000 according to INSEE).

Saturday, under the balconies of the town hall, the shouts flared: "Gaudin assassin! Gaudin in prison! Gaudin resignation! " A minute of silence followed and a long round of applause.

Residents and associations organized this white march to pay tribute to the victims but also to express their anger against the town hall and Jean-Claude Gaudin (LR).

Residents and associations organized this white march to pay tribute to the victims but also to express their anger against the town hall and Jean-Claude Gaudin (LR). CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP

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The eight victims have been identified, said the public prosecutor of Marseille. Five of the victims were tenants of the building number 65 rue d'Aubagne and three were visitors present at the time of the collapse of the building. On Saturday, relief efforts ensured there were "no other casualties" in the rubble of the buildings and announced the end of relief and search operations.

Provence shared the profile of the eight victims: Simona, a 24-year-old Italian student, Fabien, her 50-year-old neighbor, Niasse, a friend hosted by Simona, Taher and Cherif, two people hébegées on the second floor of the building came to spend the evening at a friend's house, Ouloum, a mother who had just dropped off her son at school. Little information has been circulated on the last two victims, a 55-year-old woman and a 30-year-old who lived on the fifth and second floors.

The spontaneous collapse of two dilapidated buildings in rue d'Aubagne caused the death of eight people. The victims have all been identified.

The spontaneous collapse of two dilapidated buildings in rue d'Aubagne caused the death of eight people. The victims have all been identified. CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP

Experts must lend a hand to the municipality to audit the buildings closest to the disaster, also announced the regional prefect Pierre Dartout Friday, indicating that according to the conclusions of these experts "other deconstructions" could be considered.

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