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Marseille (English Marseilles, Provençal Marsilha) is the second largest city in France. Located in the former province of Provence and on the Mediterranean sea, it is France's largest commercial port.

It has a population of 807,071 (1999 census), and 1,516,340 for the wider Marseille-Aix-en-Provence urban area (in French: aire urbaine).

Marseille is the préfecture (capital) of the Bouches-du-Rhône département.



Marseille was founded in 600 BC by Phocaeans. During the Roman times, it was called Massilia.



The French rap band IAM is from Marseille.

The most widely circulated tarot deck comes from Marseille; it is called the Tarot de Marseille, and was used to play the local variant of tarocchi before it came to the notice of people who used it in cartomancy.

The French national anthem "La Marseillaise" is named for Marseille.


The metro is rubber-tired.

The city's main football club is Olympique de Marseille, Champions League winner in 1993 but tainted by the 1990s match-fixing scandal by then-owner Bernard Tapie.

Marseille was the birthplace of:

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