Three people have been found dead in the rubble of two collapsed buildings in the French city of Marseille and several others are still missing.
The buildings fell side by side on Monday morning on Rue d’Aubagne near the city’s historic port. Between five and eight people remain unaccounted for. A third building at risk of collapse has been torn down by firefighters.
The bodies of a man and a woman were the first to be found. Among those missing was an Italian woman.
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said one of the buildings involved in the collapse had passed a technical inspection for continued habitation on October 18.
The second building had been declared derelict and boarded up by inspectors. Firefighters tore down a third building because it had been partially damaged by the falling apartment blocks.