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Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

Forget everything you have heard about Marseille being a hotbed of crime: it’s no more dangerous than other French cities. In fact, its integration of cultures meant Marseille wasn’t marred by France’s 2005 riots.

As with any big city, keep your wits about you, and your valuables hidden from view. Never leave anything of value in a parked car, even in the boot. At night, take extra care in the Belsunce area, southwest of the train station bounded by La Canebière, cours Belsunce and rue d’Aix, rue Bernard du Bois and blvd d’Athènes.

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While you're there


Préfecture de Police (04 91 39 80 00; place de la Préfecture, 1er; Estrangin Préfecture; 24hr)

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