Several thousand Marseillairs -8,000, according to the police – marched Saturday in honor of the victims of the collapse of two buildings, in which 8 people died, and express their "black anger" upon their arrival under the windows of the Town Hall at the shouts of " Gaudin killer! Gaudin resignation! "
As a symbol of criticism and controversy about the municipality and its management of unworthy houses since the tragedy, the balcony of a building – apparently apparently in good condition – partially collapsed in a few meters. The pain of the white marathon resulted in 3 minor injuries: a 59-year-old woman and a 7-year-old boy, cases of the first floor, and a 24-year-old woman, who got a stone block on her foot.
The procession gathered several dozen meters from the site of the disaster and shook a white rose behind the relatives of the eight victims -5 men and 3 women-. Among them many friends of Pope Maguette, a young Senegalese who had been shot under the rubble of his building, with portraits of the young men, dreadlocks on the head.
"You realize that on Monday morning, one hour after the collapse, he had an appointment for a new house?" Says his friend Salim. Tonio, 39, cigarette in hand, calls him, his "sleepless nights" since Monday: "I'm afraid, a month ago I was still living in a building that was evacuated yesterday, as a precaution (…). is not normal to live that, it is an insult to the poor. & # 39;
In the demonstrators, the anger rises very quickly. "Today there are children who refuse to go to school because they are afraid of their mother staying at home, people who are crazy because their apartment is dirty and wet", condemns Évelyne, from the collective "November 5".
– "A political catastrophe!" –
After crossing in an impressive silence Noailles, the popular district where the drama took place, usually very lively, the procession arrives at the bottom of the Canebière, not far from the town hall of Jean-Claude Gaudin, target of virulent criticism since the drama.
Under the balconies of the town hall the shouts flutter: "Gaudin killer! Gaudin in prison! Gaudin resignation!" A minute of silence followed by a long burst of applause, in great emotion.
"It is not a natural disaster but a political disaster!", Launches the microphone Kevin, a resident of the Aubagne street. After the tragedy, the mayor had named buildings under the causes of the collapse of heavy rainfall.
"We refuse that this tragedy is an opportunity for the mayor and speculators to release someone from the neighborhood," warns the young people also loudly. Hundreds of residents of the collapsed buildings – three of which were partially under relief and only one was inhabited – and several others in the area were evacuated by the authorities as a precaution. These fear a "domino effect" in a neighborhood whose buildings are often very old. The search for victims was stopped Saturday.
Several elected officials, including LFI deputy Bouches-du-Rhone Jean-Luc Melenchon, or deputies LREM Said Ahamada and Alexandra Louis, paraded discreetly without tricolor tricolor.
The city council of Marseilles assisted 187 families or 404 people in five hotels in the city, the municipality reported on Saturday evening in a statement. "With the support of social landlords, the city now has 150 available social housing, of which 60 in the city center," said the city, adding that "9 households have accepted a definitive move and 2 a temporary move." The town hall also provided the victims with a restaurant and "canteen free" for all children.
Since 7 November, 130 reports have been registered throughout the municipality and 78 interventions have taken place, the city said. By way of comparison, during the whole of 2017 the mayor had signed fewer than 100 threatening danger missions.
Throughout the week, the criticisms of the management of Jean-Claude Gaudin (LR), who have been in charge of the city for 23 years, continue to grow. A report submitted to the government in 2015 reported 40,000 unworthy homes in Marseille, threatening the security of nearly 100,000 inhabitants (Marseille, according to INSEE, has more than 860,000).
An investigation was opened and was entrusted to the judicial police to determine the exact circumstances of the disaster and possible responsibilities.