Urban Community of Marseille Provence Métropole

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Communauté Urbaine Marseille
Provence Métropole
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Bouches-du-Rhône
No. of communes 18
Established July 7, 2000
Seat Marseille
Government
 • President Eugène Caselli (PS)
 • Term of office 2008-present
Area
 • Total 604.75 km2 (233.50 sq mi)
Population (1999)
 • Total 981,769
(81.3% in the city of Marseille)
 • Density 1,623/km2 (4,200/sq mi)
Budget approx. € 250 million (2004)¹
Website www.marseille-provence.com
¹ After compensatory transfer of local tax euros to the communes of the Urban Community.

The Urban Community of Marseille Provence Métropole (French: Communauté Urbaine Marseille Provence Métropole) is the intercommunal structure gathering the city of Marseille (in Provence, southern France) and some of its suburbs.

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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