Bringing the French Empire (to the) Home?

Hugh McDonnell*

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In November 2018 eight people, including a mother from the Comoros and residents from Tunisia and Algeria, died when two buildings collapsed in the run down area of Noailles in the old port area of Marseille. A 2015 government report had already warned that 40,000 dilapidated and dangerous homes put 100,000 people at risk in France's second city, but campaigners say little was done. The tragedy occasioned widespread anger about run down and exploitative housing in the Mediterranean city. It also refocused public attention on housing and the concept of the home. In turn this raised questions about how housing and the home connect to space and social justice, the division of labour between national and local government, citizenship and 'the right to the city'.

Original languageEnglish
Article number0960777320000302
Pages (from-to)356-368
Number of pages13
JournalContemporary European History
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug-2020



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