Ville de Marseille

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Welcome to Marseille, city of innovation

Welcome to Marseille, city of innovation

Two million of you have already visited… Marseille, European Capital of Culture, has seen record numbers of visitors since January, boosted by an outstanding programme of events which is to last all summer, including the exhibition of the season, the unmissable “Grand Atelier du Midi”.

Roland Blum, First Deputy Mayor of Marseille (photo NBDC)

The next chapter of Marseille Provence 2013 begins here. Highlights in June included the inauguration of the MUCEM by the President of France and the reopening of the Palais Longchamp and its Museum of Beaux-Arts. The imposing fountain at the Palais known as the “château d’eau”, which is so cherished by locals, has been returned to its former glory after four years of painstaking renovations.

The wealth of cultural highlights will continue into July.  The “International Month” takes place at the Pavilion M and in Place Bargemon, where works by more than 40 artists hailing from countries with a consulate in Marseille will be on display in the second edition of the Consul’Art exhibition.

Guests of honour will be Dakar and Marrakech, with whom we have just signed a three-party agreement. The city has been twinned with the Senegalese capital for 45 years and has had close ties with Marrakech for more than 10. Together with Tripoli, the second largest city in Libya, we are working on a project called Isi@med. In a celebration of the meeting of culture and technological innovation, the project will aim to tag the principal monuments of both cities.

Near the Lacydon, the hottest talents in new technology are moving in.  Marseille Innovation, Pôle Média’s entrepreneurship centre, is bursting with new innovative start-ups. SMEs working in transmedia, photography, social network marketing or online editing are setting up under the sun.
Marseille’s digital economy is growing up quickly, boosted by an advanced fibre optic network. Orange was the first, but now SFR too is offering businesses and consumers the chance to test 4G.

Marseille has successfully managed to bring together culture and innovation, but if there is one thing our city is known for beyond the Mediterranean, it is trade and shipping. Kedge Business School, born of the merger of Euromed Management with BEM (Bordeaux Management School) is teaching the next generation how to meet global challenges.

Two family SMEs in particular have stood the test of time and have adapted to the risks of a cyclical economy. Daher, a ship-operating logistics and cargo-handling company, has just celebrated 150 years in the business. The company is at the forefront in aeronautical, defence and nuclear equipment supply, is focused on the future and has forecast turnover of 1.5 billion Euros by 2017.

The vessels of CMA CGM have covered countless miles since Jacques Saadé launched the shipping company in 1978. 35 years later, the third largest container shipping group in the world continues to nurture its links with Marseille.

The latest in the fleet and the largest container-ship in the world, the CMA CGM Jules Verne, will be christened in Marseille on 4th June, marking a new step in our rich maritime history.