With his book “Place du Peuple”, Michel Samson sheds light on an unknown neighborhood in Marseille

Five years after his last job, the journalist Michel Samson returns with a collection entitled “Place du peuple”. The book, scheduled for release on May 3, is the result of a memory work by the inhabitants of Place Pierre-Roux, an unknown neighborhood in the 5th arrondissement of Marseille.

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town square. This is the name of the next book by Michel Samson, a journalist from Marseille and former regional correspondent for World in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. Five years after his last work “Marseille on trial”, the writer returns with a subject that particularly concerns him: the history of Place Pierre-Roux.

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Place Pierre-Roux is located in the 5th district of Marseille. About fifty people live there and a dozen establishments are shop windows. Michel Samson has seen life unfold there, since he lives a stone’s throw from the neighborhood. Of this kind of “urban town” according to him, the place was too ordinary to interest historians, sociologists or even municipal political actors. According to the journalist, this had to be remedied by writing this compilation of testimonies.

Place Pierre-Roux, located in the 5th arrondissement of Marseille.  (France 3 Provence-Alpes)

We have dozens of books about Marseille… We talk about Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, La Canebière but never about Place Pierre-Roux. It is not that it is not good, but because it has not aroused the interest of sociologists, historians, novelists… That is why I wrote on this site”he says.

town square it is first and foremost a memoir of ordinary people. Fixed on paper. With more than ten testimonies, the 72-year-old journalist wanted to bring the neighborhood out of anonymity by sharing the stories and experiences of these Marseillais. Everyone agreed to participate, including Robert Rossignol, a piano maker and local resident.

“We always had the impression of being a bit isolated, of not being very important in a certain way. If we want to be universal, we have to talk about this neighborhood, about these lives. The world I believe.”says the merchant.

People’s Square, by Michel Samson. Posted on May 3, 2022 toward Gaussen Editions 84 pages – €15.

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