Eight thousand people marched Saturday in the streets of Marseille, after the death of eight people in the collapse of two buildings.
A huge and gathering crowd marched on Saturday, November 10th in Marseilles, in a chilling silence, through the district of Noailles with decrepit facades, where two buildings collapsed on Monday, causing the death of eight people, a balance now final. It was eight thousand according to the police, "A human tide", congratulate the organizers.
At the head of the procession, the victims' relatives wear a white sheet on which we read: "Noailles dies, Marseilles in mourning". The friends of Pape Maguette, a young Senegalese who died in the collapse of 65 rue d'Aubagne, wield his photo, while one of his friends explains that the young man had an appointment on the day of the tragedy "For a new home".
A rose in his hand, a sign at arm's length to denounce "The mayor's negligence", anger argues sadly among the protesters, poor and rich side by side. The gap no longer exists between a north of the city combining poverty, the violence of drug networks and the abandonment of public services, and a rich and prosperous south.
Recently Alain Scemama moved to Marseille for his retreat and Noailles soon became one of his headquarters: "I go shopping, I feel the atmosphere, it's Marseille that I love". Right next to him, Rachida is sad: "They did not deserve to die just because they are poor.We are poor, we live rejection every day.I live because I do not have clothes that attract, because I can not afford to receive".
It is a united and united Marseille that, as the procession passes over Cours Lieutaud, where the firemen battalion has installed its rescue stations for a week, applauds, thanks "Those who risked their lives in research".
All of a sudden, a balcony falls
The firefighter sailors called a few dozen meters from the procession to save three slightly injured people in the fall of a balcony at 20 Boulevard Garibaldi. A big boom followed by a panic, a collapse that resounds like a new bad blow for a municipality, that the demonstrators make responsible for the tragedy and unworthy housing in which 100,000 Marseillais live.
Linda Chassaigne and her roommate tend a white sheet: "It's not rain". A slogan in response to the first explanations given by Jean-Claude Gaudin, mayor (LR) of Marseille, who spoke of a particularly rainy autumn as the cause of the tragedy. This teacher lives a few blocks away. She wants to express it "Great anger for the contempt shown by the municipality, by the owners".
At the age of 73, Michelle was barely walking, but she kept running with her crutches because she "Via Aubagne in the heart", a road that has always been poor in the depths of his memories, with his "Sellers of dried fruit and almonds". "The aperitif to Mr. Bizot, the baker of the plot, are all my memories, it's a road that disappears"she complains.
The deputies (LRM) of the northern districts, Alexandra Louis and Saïd Ahamada, and, in another place, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, deputy (LFI) of the district in which the disaster occurred, parade without bands, without comments.
Sometimes the silence is broken by a wave of applause that goes up the procession. Renaud and Marie live in Noailles, a neighborhood where the social mix is rooted. "It's not normal, in 2018, that in the second city of France, buildings collapse"says Renaud. "There are people who die in these buildings but the worst is that there are people living there", adds his wife, who admits "Desires of revolution, that the people of Marseilles discourage the town hall, where there are kings who drink chocolate".
But the girl in the couple reminds them of the drama, a flower in her hand: "We have to talk about El Amine". El Amine, nine years old, lost her mother, is in the same school as the girl, the school of Albert Chabanon, where the children of Noailles are educated, "Classified in REP
while she should be in REP more »regrets Marie.
In front of the town hall where all the flags are at half-mast, a building like the Bastille besieged by the crowd, expresses anger: "Resign Gaudin!", "Gaudin in prison!" or again "Assassin Gaudin!" Surrounded by "November 5 collective", a group of associations and inhabitants of the neighborhood created after the tragedy, speak the relatives of the victims.
Emotion and affirmations
Perched on a pole, microphone in hand, the cousin of one of the victims thanks the demonstrators, associating the firefighters, the police: "It was a human drama, do not forget it". "Live for them, please", implores a woman in the megaphone before bursting into tears.
Do not forget anything, this is the goal that the "November 5 collective". Kevin, his spokesman, lists the requests of relatives of the victims and hundreds of displaced from neighboring buildings. It supports a day of mourning, the taking of expenses for the funeral, including repatriation bodies abroad, but also the transfers to non-hotel apartments: "We want the flowers and candles that we laid not to be removed, it is unacceptable to see police officers in helmets while we are trying to cry".
The group wants to create a crisis unit, psychological and legal support, more specialized psychologists at Chabanon School and social workers who visit isolated seniors. Even the weather "Time for the inhabitants to recover their belongings"in their homes
But what the inhabitants of Noailles claim is "The truth, the transparency on the competence already done on the buildings: To know Mr. Gaudin, Mr. Macron, donors, we will never forget". The collective will also guarantee disaster "Do not be the opportunity to free someone from the neighborhood".
A few moments before the start of the march, Vice-Admiral Charles-Henri Garié, commander of the fire brigade battalion, announced the end of the search because of "The certainty that fortunately there are no more victims under the rubble".