5 Facts About Marseille

1. Borussia Dortmund and Marseille looking to raid Arsenal academy for wonderkid Ben Cottrell.

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2. In 2012 Marseille hosted the Petanque World Championship and the city hosts every year the Mondial la Marseillaise de petanque, the main petanque competition.

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3. At the last municipal election in 2014, Marseille was divided between the northern arrondissements dominated by the left and far-right (FN) and the southern part of town dominated by the right-wing (UMP).

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4. Historically, the economy of Marseille was dominated by its role as a port of the French Empire, linking the North African colonies of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia with Metropolitan France.

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5. As the largest port city in France, Marseille is easy to picture as a transportation hub.

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