red telephoneEmbassies, consulates, emergency phone numbers, doctors, lawyers, bookshops, cinemas, churches: the essential checklist for English-speakers visiting Marseille.

Certain of these phone numbers cannot be dialled from abroad. To avoid confusion, ALL of the telephone and fax numbers listed on this page are those to call from within France; i.e. excluding the international prefix, +33.

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CULTURE

Tourist Office (Office de Tourisme): 11 la Canebière, 13001 Marseille. Tel: 0826 500 500. Fax: 04 91 13 89 20

Bookshops:

Maurel's International Bookshop, 95 rue de Lodi, 13006 Marseille. Tel: 04 91 42 63 44. Fax: 04 91 94 24 40. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gibert Joseph, 2-8 rue Dugommier, 13001 Marseille. Tel: 04 91 11 02 90. There is a section of world literature in the original languages on the first floor (as well as of world literature translated into French on the ground floor).

Maupetit, 128 and 142 la Canebière, 13001 Marseille. Tel: 04 91 36 50 50. The branch at no.142 has a small selection on the first floor of books, mainly popular novels, in English and a couple of other languages.

A Cup of Tea, 1 rue Caisserie, 13002 Marseille. A tearoom in the Old Town with a small selection of foreign-language books for sale.

 

 

Cinemas:

Most French cinemas show films in dubbed versions. Marseille is very poorly served for cinemas screening subtitled films, but the ones listed below systematically show them and very occasionally the multiplexes may screen a popular American film with subtitles on certain screens.

Sometimes any of these cinemas may screen the same film in both versions at different times. Look out in the programme for VO (version originale, or subtitled), as opposed to VF (version française, or dubbed).

Les Variétés, 37 rue Vincent-Scotto (at the corner of La Canebière), 13001 Marseille. Tel: 04 91 90 36 67.

Le César, 4 place Castellane, 13006 Marseille. Tel: 04 91 53 27 82.

Le Gyptis, 136 rue Loubon, 13003 Marseille. Tel: 04 95 04 96 25. (A new cinema in the La Friche la Belle de Mai arts complex near Marseille Saint Charles train and bus station.)

La Cinémathèque de Marseille, Espace Cézanne, 31 boulevard d'Athènes, 13001 Marseille. Tel: 04 91 50 64 48. (This small screening room near Saint Charles station shows films of historic interest, usually in their subtitled versions.)

Alhambra Cinémarseille, 2 rue du Cinéma, 13016 Marseille. (This arthouse cinema is in L'Estaque, a small town that's outside the centre of Marseille, despite the postcode.)

The Château de la Buzine, 56 traverse de la Buzine 13011 Marseille. Tel: 04 91 45 27 60. (A cinemathèque specialising in vintage films from the Mediterranean countries.)

Churches:

All Saints' Anglican Church, 4 rue de Belloi, 13006 Marseille. Tel: 09 51 44 23 97. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The International Christian Community (ICC), 6 rue de Friedland, 13006 Marseille. Tel: 04 94 34 04 59. Mobile (cel): 06 58 90 54 43.

Social clubs and networks:

Accueil des villes françaises - An association welcoming newcomers to Marseille (with English-language area).

Association France / États-Unis - A non-political association aimed at creating closer links between France and the United States, with branches across France, including Marseille.

MAABN - The Mediterranean Anglo-American Business Network, offering social and commercial networking opportunities.

Marseille Autrement - Association proposing a great programme of unusual activities and excursions, for locals and newbies in town.

Marseille International Meetup Association - "Meet locals and expats for conversation and fun!" Regular social events.

Neo'Z Arrivants à Marseille - A website helping newcomers settle into Marseille (with English-language area).

Talk To Me Marseille! - A language exchange event enabling members to practise their French and English skills.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

Medical (this also covers the SAMU, which deals with serious and specialised medical emergencies): 15

Marseille Hospital (south): Hôpital de la Timone, 264 rue Saint Pierre, 13005 Marseille. Tel: 04 91 38 00 00

Marseille Hospital (north): Hôpital Nord, chemin des Bourrely, 13915 Marseille. Tel: 04 91 38 00 00

24 hour pharmacy information (pharmacies de garde): 3237 List of emergency pharmacies in Marseille

Diving accident helpline: 04 91 74 49 96

Police: 17

Marseille central police station: 66 la Canebière, 13001 Marseille. Tel: 04 88 77 58 00

Fire brigade (the firemen, or sapeurs pompiers, also provide ambulances for general medical emergencies): 18

Any of these services when calling from a mobile phone (cell phone): 112

Car pound (la fourrière): 24 boulevard Ferdinand de Lesseps, 13003 Marseille. Tel: 04 91 14 65 40

Bison Futé (road traffic information): 0800 100 200

Anti-poison: 249 boulevard Sainte Marguerite, 13009 Marseille. Tel: 04 91 75 25 25

Asthma and allergies: 0800 19 20 21

Dental emergencies: Tel: 0892 56 67 66

Drugs and alcohol helpline: 113

Rape crisis: 0800 05 95 95

A number of centres offer free, anonymous AIDS tests in Marseille (and other towns in the Bouches du Rhône département). The French word for AIDS is SIDA. A test, or screening, is dépistage.

AIDS helpline: 0800 840 800 (freephone number).

Hepatitis helpline: 0800 845 800 (freephone number)

Homophobia helpline: 0810 108 135 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LOST CREDIT CARDS AND TRAVELLERS' CHEQUES

American Express: 01 47 77 72 00

American Express Travellers' Cheques: 0800 83 28 20

Mastercard: 0800 90 13 87

Visa: 0800 90 11 79

EMBASSIES AND CONSULATES

British Consulate, Les Docks de Marseille, Atrium 10.3, First Floor, 13002 Marseille. Tel: 04 91 15 72 10. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

US Consulate General (Consulat Général des Etats-Unis d'Amérique), place Varian Fry, 13286 Marseille Cedex 6. Tel: 01 43 12 48 85.

Some other English-speaking countries have no diplomatic base in Marseille. These are the nearest contacts.

Australian Embassy, 4 rue Jean Rey, 75724 Paris Cedex 15. Tel: 01 40 59 33 00.

Consulate of Canada, 10 rue Lamartine, 06000 Nice. Tel: 04 93 92 93 22. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Honorary Consulate General of Ireland, St. Michel, 69 avenue du Roi Albert, La Californie, 06400 Cannes. Tel: 06 77 69 14 36.

New Zealand Embassy, 103 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris. Tel: 01 45 01 43 43. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ambassade d'Afrique du Sud à Paris, 59 quai d'Orsay, 75343 Paris Cedex 07. Tel: 01 53 59 23 23. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

DOCTORS AND LAWYERS

A list of hospitals with English-speaking doctors in South East France, including Marseille, is available on the website of the US Consulate General.

A list of English-speaking lawyers in France is available on the website of the British Embassy in Paris. The Australian Embassy in Paris also has a list of English-speaking lawyers in France, including Marseille.

 

 

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