Marseille was founded by the Phoenicians, 600 B.C.
Marignane airport has flights to many French and European cities.
Marseille has a TGV line to Paris (4 hours).
Marseille is connected to the north with the A6 motorway.
By bus, tramway, subway
There are 2 subway lines (http://www.mairie-marseille.fr/vivre/transpor/metro.htm) and 79 lines of bus and tramway.
No public transport on May 1st.
A shuttle allows to cross the Old Harbour (Vieux Port).
People are notorious for crazy driving. Avoid taking your car if you can.
Marseille is an important university center.
Le Vieux Port has free wireless access, available from many of the bars and restaurants, and in some places in the street (although there are not many places to sit). The ESSID to use is "Marseille San Fils" and the network is not encrypted. When you first connect, your browser will take you to a web page about the service in French -- simply click on "Cliquez ici" ("click here") on that page to use the network freely.