Shooting in Flee Market Underscores Risk of Exposure to Low-Intensity Violence in Marseille
Drum Cussac has issued this latest warning for people traveling and living in the country of France. This information is available to GeoBlue plan members from the GeoBlue website daily…
Category: Criminal Activity
Severity: 2 (Low)
Source: Drum Cussac
03/15/2015 (France) – Media reports indicate that a shooting took place in the Marseille flee market on the afternoon of Saturday, 14 March. Unidentified assailants targeted a man by shooting him in his legs. The victim has been wounded but his life status is not endangered. Authorities believe that the shooting is related to rivalries linked to the illegal smuggling of cigarettes in the city. No arrest has yet been made.
Saturday’s incident comes as a reminder of the threat of exposure to violence in Marseille. Organised criminal networks and small criminal groups periodically target rival bands in shootings and attacks involving the use of knives. These incidents may take the form of targeted assassinations or punitive actions. The majority of those crimes do not target bystanders; however they result in an enhanced risk of exposure to violence in the southern city.
While foreign travellers are unlikely to be targeted in violence related to crime operations, the indiscriminate nature of shootouts and confrontations between rival gangs as well as with police may pose a risk of incidental exposure to anyone in the vicinity. Despite this, normal travel to the Marseille area can continue without interruption. To mitigate the risk generated by criminal networks in the city, clients should maintain awareness of their surroundings at all times and keep a low profile. Personnel should be prepared for minor travel disruption caused by an increased police presence and possible added security checkpoints.
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