Mar­seille, France

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Build­ings col­lapse: At least six peo­ple were killed af­ter two di­lap­i­dated apart­ment build­ings col­lapsed in cen­tral Mar­seille this week, lead­ing an­gry res­i­dents to com­plain about the qual­ity of hous­ing for the city’s poor­est ten­ants. The build­ings—one in­hab­ited, one con­demned—gave way at about 9 a.m.; two peo­ple in the street were treated for slight in­juries. Lo­cals said they had for years warned the city that the cracked and list­ing build­ings were struc­turally un­safe. “It’s hell here,” said lo­cal res­i­dent Toufik Ben Rhouma. “And now peo­ple die for noth­ing.” A 2015 gov­ern­ment re­port found that 100,000 peo­ple in Mar­seille were liv­ing in dan­ger­ous houses. Lit­tle has changed since then, said for­mer build­ings in­spec­tor Chris­tian Ni­col, who de­scribed Mar­seille as the Euro­pean city with “the most de­cay­ing hous­ing.”

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