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So, I was going to say that this is the wrong title, and that it's spelled Marseilles, but then I did a quick dictionary lookup and found Marseille listed as a synonym. I was then going to make the argument that Marseilles was more common, but an English-only search on Google showed about a 10-to-1 ratio in favor of Marseille.

So, as a last resort, to preserve my dignity, I figured I'd just put a note in here about the name, and that I think Marseille is the right one after all. --Evan 11:46, 14 Jun 2004 (EDT)

I heard that it's spelled Marseilles in English. One can make a redirect Marseilles -> Marseille, and add a mention to the article. Yann 16:47, 14 Jun 2004 (EDT)
Good idea. I'll make Marseilles, just so it's not a problem in the future. --Evan 17:30, 14 Jun 2004 (EDT)


I rolled back the deletion without comment of "Le cigale et fourmi" by an anonymous user. If this place is actually gone, please re-delete. --Evan 14:19, 21 February 2007 (EST)

Stay safe[edit]

I just want a say that lot of people think marseille is a dangerous city, which is not true. I mean it is not more dangerous that Paris! There are some Area where you shouldn't go, but do the tourist goes in the 18, 19, 20 arrondissement in Paris? No, because it is not safe there for them. So i would love people to stop beeing afraid by what they hear about Marseille. It is a cosmopolitan place, with people from everywhere, and the truth is you will be much more welcomed in marseille than in Paris by local people. So the last part of the article from wikitravel shouldn't be there. The fact is that it is not in the French version, because people aren't afraid anymore of Marseille! So don't be afraid and go there to see by yourself!

I couldn't agree more. Not only is this section not in proper English but it is also incorrect. Marseille is not one of the most dangerous cities in Europe for muggings and petty theft. Until citations can be provided which show how dangerous Marseille is --in relation to other cities (whether French or European) these section should remain deleted.

  • i am restoring this section and removing the comparatives. It is verging on negligence for this article to lack a Stay Safe section. The fact is that Marseille is a relatively dangerous city and if travellers feel that it is unsafe they should be allowed to say so without having to post research to prove their point. Please try to edit constructively. This isn't wikipedia.

Dazzla Talk Contributions News Expedition Docent - York 01:52, 23 September 2010 (EDT)

This is a bit of a difficult topic as Marseille does have a reputation as a dangerous city. I moved to Marseille from York and to be absolutely honest I felt more threatened on a Friday night in York - there is certainly less drunkenness here.

OK, so add a warning if you feel it is needed, but like the anonymous comment above says, really Marseille is no more than a relatively cosmopolitan city rather than "a relatively dangerous one". If you want citations look at:

and this

Mars-Say-Yeah 07:46, 16 October 2010 (EDT)


The prevalence of prosititutes is briefly mentioned in the Stay Safe-section, but no information on price, quality etc is given. Could anyone who knows this add that info? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 10:15, 17 May 2013 (UTC)

We don't usually do that in our articles.
Is there a particular reason for making an exception to our Wikitravel:Sex tourism policy for this article? --W. Franke-mailtalk 05:39, 17 May 2013 (EDT)