Official: Marseille gunmen open fire same day as French PM visits

Official: Marseille gunmen open fire same day as French PM visits

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls was due in Marseille, France’s second-largest city, on Monday to talk about security and education.



By (AP)

Published: Mon 9 Feb 2015, 5:45 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 8:43 PM

French CRS riot police officers secure the access to the Castellane housing area in Marseille on February 9, 2015 - Reuters photo

Paris — Police in the southern French city of Marseille say gunmen have fired automatic weapons at the edge of a housing project the same day as a planned visit by French prime minister. No injuries were immediately reported.

The police official, who could not be named because she was not authorized to speak publicly about Monday’s shooting, said riot police have blocked off the Castellane housing project in northern Marseille. The project is rife with drug gangs and violence.

Samia Ghali, a senator from the region, told iTele that she spoke with the police director and was told that the gunmen were targeting police and also firing at random.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls was due in Marseille, France’s second-largest city, on Monday to talk about security and education.


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