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With Eye on Polls, Macron Unveils Plan to Tackle Marseille Crime

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks at the Palais du Pharo, in Marseille, on Sept. 2. 

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks at the Palais du Pharo, in Marseille, on Sept. 2. 

Photographer: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA/AP

Emmanuel Macron said the state would pour money into Marseille to improve education, housing, transportation and safety in France’s second-most populous city, as he steps up efforts to woo voters ahead of the upcoming presidential election.

“Marseille is at the crossroads of many challenges: climate change, geopolitics, migration,” Macron said in a speech on Thursday, with the Mediterranean port city’s habour in the background. “The nation’s duty is to be by the side of those who live in Marseille.”