French rescuers find body in ruins of collapsed buildings

At Least 8 Feared Dead In France's Marseille After 2 Buildings Collapse

At Least 8 Feared Dead In France's Marseille After 2 Buildings Collapse

The body of another man and a woman had already been found by the rescue Tuesday in the ruins of these buildings in the very popular area of Noailles.

Fire officials deliberately brought down most of a third building due to apprehensions the unsteady structure might cave on top of search crews and sniffer dogs combing the rubble of the other buildings.

Rescue work has been hampered by heavy rain, and evidence suggests the collapse has destabilised neighbouring buildings. "People died for nothing even though we knew", he added.

The death toll is likely to increase as between five and eight people are missing, French interior minister Christophe Castaner said.

A fourth body has been found in the building which collapsed on Monday. He said it was believed that eight people - five residents and three visitors - were in number 65 when it collapsed.

Google Street View images from July show that building with boarded-up windows and damage to the facade.

"The most important is saving lives", Castaner said at the scene.

Abdou Ali, 34, came in search of his mother after she did not come to collect her youngest son from school on Monday afternoon.

Sophie Dorbeaux, a 25-year-old philosophy student, was one of them.

"I haven't had any news", he said, wandering among the rescuers.

Marseille authorities began a vast upgrade plan for the city centre in 2011.

"It's the homes of the poor that are falling down, and that's not a coincidence", said local lawmaker Jean-Luc Melenchon, leader of the leftwing France Unbowed party. In 2011 the local authorities began a plan to renovate the city centre, but a 2015 government report suggested that 100,000 Marseille residents were living in housing risky to their health or security.

Authorities said they were looking into what caused the collapse of the buildings, described by residents of the area as dilapidated and in need of fix.

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