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Last month a 250kg American bomb was discovered in Marseille by workmen constructing the new museum, Mucem, between the Cathedral and the Fort Saint-Jean.  La Provence reported yesterday that there would be an evacuation and detonation on Sunday.

Today has seen various meetings and the date has now been postponed to Wednesday 18th.  This was partly because neighbouring shop-keepers didn’t want the first weekend of their sales disrupted, but also because there is a match on Sunday evening between OM and Lille and the local police are heavily involved with that.

The ‘débombage(every day a new word!) is expected to take about 120  minutes and the security cordon will be in place for several hours afterwards.  They expect to clear either a 400m diameter which would mean moving 600 locals, or an 800m area which would affect 15,000 people.  They are also making decisions on whether to defuse the bomb on site or take it out to sea. Of course this is very close to the shipping route between the Marseille docks and Corsica and North Africa;  and pollution is another factor to be considered.

There will be an announcement tomorrow from the Prefect’s office when all these details have been finalised. I will post any new developments but if you are going to Marseille, do keep an eye on the local news.

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