It is not for nothing that Marseille is believed to have played an ultimate role in building a bridge between Europe and Africa and providing ample ground for cultural exchange between civilizations. Its status as a port and a major trading post has greatly contributed to its citizens' affluence. The city has become attractive for people from all over the world, and hence it's stunning cultural diversity and ever-booming economy.
It is a matter of pride for Marseillais that it is their city that has given France its national anthem and that the city has so specific a background. However, not everything went smooth down its historic pathway. There were times when criminal activity nearly smothered the city's economy. Fortunately, those days are long gone, as its people have invested a good deal to clear the city of all blemishes. There is one crucial thing the city has successfully carried through time and ordeals – its inimitable and enchanting aura.
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