In Marseille, the Calanques are victims of their success and of the Covid

INVESTIGATION – On the coast, the national park, already very popular, has seen its attendance explode since the start of the pandemic. Automobile traffic is hellish and the civic-mindedness of walkers often leaves much to be desired. On the occasion of the regional campaign, elected officials are mobilizing to protect the site.

Those «shit » (“Stupidity” in Marseille)! At a time when the sun rises on Callelongue, making the azure sea spill out from this “end of the world”, in the extreme south of Marseille, Jeannot, 65, is exasperated. “If you have a heart attack here on a sunny day, you’re dead”, he asserts while serving coffee under the canisses of the associative diving club. Around him, his friends have all come back up as well. “When the Calanques National Park was created in 2012, we believed in it. Now, we all ask ourselves the question: wouldn’t we have been taken for “despeberons” (fools, Editor’s note) , asserts Guy Barotto, former policeman, specialist in OM fans and president of the neighborhood interest committee, the CIQ of Callelongue.

Renowned for his underwater photos, diver François Scorsonelli sighs: «Since the Covid crisis, from the first ray of sunshine, it is common to have up to four hours of traffic jam on the narrow road which runs along the sea from Marseille. ” Pierre Benarroche,

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