Marseille Warnings and Dangers

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    by christele Updated Nov 8, 2002

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    When you want to visit Calanques between Marseille and Cassis, be carefull of wind... If it's windy, all access to the Calanques may be closed (warning = FIRE)

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    Watch your things at the beach...

    by ossen5 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Watch your things at the beach and hide your valuables when walking in town. Most people are great, but because of the poverty that exists in Marseille there are some pickpockets

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  • May 31, 2015 at 5:48 AM

    Apologies for having posted this elsewhere on this forum...I've been living in Marseille for 9 months now, I thought I was fairly streetwise until last night when I had a backpack snatched while I was locking up my scooter. This happened outside the Cite de la Musique on rue Bernard Dubois in the 1st arrondissement. It's possible visitors to the city might want to come to this venue since it hosts quite a lot of jazz and classical music concerts. It's difficult to find, tucked away in a courtyard on the other side of which are steps leading to a housing project which was where the thief fled. Anyone who knows Marseille knows that it's in the middle of a very poor and dangerous neighbourhood. There are no security staff outside and it's not a venue I'll ever, as a Marseille resident, visit again. I couldn't give chase because I had to lock up the scooter and my first thought was that someone else would steal the scooter while I was chasing this scumbag.
    Everyone I know here has a similar story to tell, don't be put off visiting but leave your tablet computer, i phone and so on behind, only take with you enough cash for the day and secure it on your person. If you carry a bag, hold or wear it on your person at all times. The most dangerous parts of the city are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd arrondissements, especially the streets running off rue d'Aix to Belsunce as well as the area around Gambetta and between Reformes Canebiere and St Charles station. The pavement cafes around Reformes Canebieres are a magnet for thieves, with people distracted by buskers and street entertainers. Don't be tempted to explore or take short cuts through the side streets, my experience suggests thieves are targeting people in quieter areas.
    The bullying and aggression is something even locals are victims of, with several cases in the newspapers and I've witnessed it myself on buses.
    There's a lot of poverty in Marseille and a lot of opportunists watching and waiting for that moment of a few seconds when you drop your guard...

  • Mar 27, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    kahlua9912 your commentary is full of racism and of no help at all whatsoever. I think you posted it on the wrong board. I am not pardoning the antics of the rowdy boys on Matrseille's streets and i do agree that it birings the area down but you seem to have issues with Arabs that's clouding your ability to provide meaningful and structured criticism. I have been to North Africa and find it a wonderful place and so do many europeans who travel there on a daily basis. You need to live a little and drop the hatred otherwise it'll only consume you.

    • Apr 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      One reason Marseille is such a terrible place is that anyone who tried to stop the influx of immigrants was called a racist and ignored. Now the people who made these accusations live in constant fear of attack. Serves them right!

    • Apr 1, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      Such hypocricy gamalpha.....When the French invaded Africa it was perfectly acceptable. It is the very presence of immigrants in Marseille and the tolerant French there that makes the city so great and colourful. i don't deny that many misbehave but don't blame all the city's social problems on the immigrants. you make your sense of reasoning and logic appear very simplistic.

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