Urban Community of Marseille Provence Métropole

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Marseille Provence Métropole
CountryFrance
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
DepartmentBouches-du-Rhône
No. of communes18
EstablishedJuly 7, 2000
Disbanded2016
SeatMarseille
Area
 • Total604.75 km2 (233.50 sq mi)
Population
 (1999)
 • Total981,769
 • Density1,623/km2 (4,200/sq mi)

The Urban Community of Marseille Provence Métropole (French: Communauté Urbaine Marseille Provence Métropole) is a former intercommunal structure gathering the city of Marseille (in Provence, southern France) and some of its suburbs. On 1 January 2016 it merged into the Metropolis of Aix-Marseille-Provence.

The Urban Community of Marseille Provence Métropole only partly encompasses the metropolitan area of Marseille (see infobox at Marseille article for the metropolitan area) because the other independent communes of the metropolitan area (such as Aix-en-Provence) refused to join in with the city of Marseille, which is perceived as poor and unruly by the wealthier suburbs. Some other suburban communes (such as Aubagne, Gardanne, and Martigues) which are ruled by the French Communist Party have also refused to join in with Marseille which is ruled by the center-right UMP.

Consequently, the other parts of the metropolitan area have formed different intercommunal structures, such as:

As of the beginning of 2005, some communes within the Urban Community of Marseille Provence Métropole are talking of seceding from the Urban Community, complaining of heavy taxes imposed by the city of Marseille.

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