During colonial times, Marseille was a major port on the Mediterranean Sea andis now the second largest city in France. Located in South Europe, Marseille is generous and cosmopolitan city and distinguishes itself by itsunique accent, picturesque Old Port, delicious bouillabaisse (fish soup) and popular folklore.

Marseille is a city of contrasts with its old districts, luminous corniche (a panoramic road) along the beach, unspoilt inlets, deep blue waters of a coast stretching for 20km up to Cassis. The city plays an important role in the economy of this part of the country thanks to itsport, airport, oil industries and rapidly growing population as well as its technopoles and a strong scientific, artistic and cultural vitality .