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    Marseille – a brief overview

    Under the vivid blue skies of southern Provence, Marseille is a city that blasts the senses with its rich history, cultural melting pot and bustling streets that proclaim its status as France’s second city – and its oldest. Marseille’s heritage, stretching back to 600BC, is evident in its myriad forts, castles and churches, while the constant influx of immigrants over the

    centuries has created an eclectic atmosphere and diverse cuisine that give the city an intoxicating character. While it hasn’t always been a fixture on the tourist trail, a wave of renovations during its reign as European Capital of Culture 2013 has put Marseille up there with the best city-break destinations in Europe.

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    Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica

    Rue Fort du Sanctuaire
    13281 Marseille
    France
    Tel: 04 9113 4080
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0700-1900 (Oct-Mar)
    Daily 0700-2000 (Apr-Sep)

    It’s been 800 years since the first chapel was built on this hill offering sweeping views over the city. Dating from 1853, the present basilica is a symbol of Marseille.

    Vieux Port

    Le Vieux-Port
    13002 Marseille
    France
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    The beating heart of the city, Marseille’s port has been recently renovated, with its historic buildings offset by Norman Foster’s ultra-modern mirrored Ombrière structure.

    Saint-Victor Abbey

    3 rue de l’Abbaye
    13007 Marseille
    France
    Tel: 04 9611 2260
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1900

    This beautiful fifth-century monastery was originally outside the city walls but through the centuries has seen the metropolis grow around it.

    Le Panier (Old Town)

    Marseille
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    Despite widespread destruction during WWII, Marseille’s Old Town remains a vibrant district housing cafés, artisan shops, narrow houses and cobbled alleyways.

    Cathedral Sainte-Marie-Majeur

    Place de la Major
    13002 Marseille
    France
    Tel: 04 9190 5287
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800 (winter)
    1000-1900 (summer)

    This vast 19th-century cathedral (often called La Major) evokes the rich diversity of Marseille with its exotic Middle Eastern interior decoration and domed towers modelled on those in Istanbul.

    Fort Saint-Nicholas

    2 boulevard Charles Livon
    13007 Marseille
    France
    Tel: 0826 500 500 (tourist office)
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    Opening times:
    By arrangement

    Built in a distinctive star shape, this 17th-century fort on the south bank of the old port aimed to protect the city from invasion. You can arrange visits through the tourist office.

    Musée des Beaux-Arts

    7 rue Edouard Stephan
    13004 Marseille
    France
    Tel: 04 9114 5930
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800

    Housed in the 19th-century Palais Longchamp along with the Natural History Museum, the city’s Fine Arts Museum contains gems from the 16th to 19th centuries.

    Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Mediterranée (MuCEM)

    1 esplanade du J4
    13002 Marseille
    France
    Tel: +33 4 84 35 13 13
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1100-1800 (Nov-Apr)
    Tue-Thu and Sat-Sun 1100-1900
    Fri 1100-2200 (May-Jun and Sep-Oct)
    Tue-Thu and Sat-Sun 0900-2000
    Fri 0900-2200 (Jul-Aug)

    Opened during Marseille’s time as European Capital of Culture 2013, MuCEM’s vast collection, spread over three sites including the historic Fort Saint-Jean, showcases the diverse nature of the Mediterranean region.

    La Vieille Charité

    2 rue de la Charité
    13002 Marseille
    France
    Tel: 04 9114 5880
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800

    This remarkable galleried building, designed by Marseille architect Pierre Puget in the 17th century, was originally a poorhouse. It now stages temporary exhibitions, but it’s worth visiting for the building alone.

    Château d’If

    Embarcadère Frioul-If-Express, 1 quai de la Fraternité
    13001 Marseille
    France
    Tel: 06 0306 2526
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0930-1645 (mid-Sep to Mar)
    Daily 0930-1645 (Apr to mid-May)
    Daily 0930-1810 (mid-May to mid-Sep)

    This 16th-century fortress-turned-prison on an offshore island was where Alexandre Dumas’ fictional Count of Monte Cristo was imprisoned. Now open to the public, it’s accessible from the mainland via a regular ferry service.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    You could spend a lifetime’s worth of holidays in France and still not feel as though you’d done the country justice. It remains the planet’s most visited tourist destination, meriting this lofty standing with an almost overwhelming mass of historical treasures, storybook landscapes and cultural idiosyncrasies. The teeming glam of Paris makes for one hell of a centrepiece, matching any city on the planet for ambiance, individuality and set-piece sights.

    But the real beauty of France, in many ways, lies in the seemingly endless list of travel treats elsewhere. The country’s natural gifts are striking, with white sands, hulking mountains and fecund swathes of rolling countryside. It’s a land that has inspired dreamers and drinkers, revolutionaries and artists, gastronomes and geniuses.

    Geography

    France, the largest country in Western Europe, is bordered to the northwest by the English Channel (La Manche), to the northeast by Belgium and Luxembourg, to the east by Germany, Switzerland and Italy, to the south by the Mediterranean (with Monaco as a coastal enclave between Nice and the Italian frontier), to the southwest by Spain and Andorra, and to the west by the Atlantic Ocean. The country’s loose six-sided shape means it often gets referred to by the informal nickname “L’Hexagone”.

    The island of Corsica, southeast of Nice, is made up of two départements. France is home to an astonishing range of scenery, from the mountain ranges of the Alps and Pyrenees to the attractive river valleys of the Loire, Rhône and Dordogne, and the flatter countryside of Normandy and the Atlantic coast.

    The country has some 2,900km (1,800 miles) of coastline.

    Away from the mainland and Corsica, there are a number of French-administered overseas departments and regions outside of Europe. These include Guadeloupe (an island in the Caribbean), Réunion Island (located in the Indian Ocean just east of Madagascar), French Guiana (on the northeastern coast of South America), Martinique (another island in the Caribbean) and Mayotte (an island in the Mozambique Channel).

    General knowledge

    Key facts

    Population: 62814233

    Population Density (per sq km): 114

    Capital: Paris.

    Language

    French is the official language. There are many regional dialects, but these are rapidly declining, with the exception of Basque, which is spoken as a first language by some people in the southwest, and Breton,which is spoken by some in Brittany. Many people speak at least some English.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin plugs are widely used.

    General business opening hours

    Generally Mon-Fri 0900-1200, 1400-1800.

    Public Holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Easter Monday: 21. April 2014
    Labour Day: 01. May 2014
    Victory Day 1945: 08. May 2014
    Ascension Day: 29. May 2014
    Whit Monday: 09. June 2014
    Bastille Day: 14. July 2014
    Assumption: 15. August 2014
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2014
    Armistice Day: 11. November 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Easter Monday: 06. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Victory Day 1945: 08. May 2015
    Ascension Day: 14. May 2015
    Whit Monday: 25. May 2015
    Bastille Day: 14. July 2015
    Assumption: 15. August 2015
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2015
    Armistice Day: 11. November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015

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    Nightlife in Marseille

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    Loud and lively, Marseille knows how to put on a good night out.

    There are plenty of bars clustered around the Vieux Port, in Le Panier and in beach area Escale Borély.

    Au Petit Nice

    28 place Jean Jaurès
    13001 Marseille
    France
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    Try local tipple pastis at this convivial bar in the Plaine area of town.

    Le Bar de la Marine

    15 quai de Rive Neuve
    13007 Marseille
    France
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    Start your night with an aperitif on the large terrace of this 1930s-style bar in the Vieux Port.

    Le Trolleybus

    24 quai de Rive Neuve
    13007 Marseille
    France
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    This popular Marseille club has four different bars, each with a different music style.

    La Dame Noir

    30 place Notre-Dame du Mont
    13006 Marseille
    France
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    Dance the night away at this small club which welcomes local and international DJs.

    La Caravelle

    34 quai du Port
    13002 Marseille
    France
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    This atmospheric bar stages regular live jazz nights and has a superb terrace overlooking the harbour.

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    Restaurants in Marseille

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    Influenced by the Mediterranean and infused with the flavours of North Africa and Italy, Marseille’s restaurant scene is exciting and diverse.

    Sample local speciality bouillabaisse, a flavour-packed Provençal fish soup.

    L’Epuisette

    Vallon des Auffes
    13007 Marseille
    France
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    Price: Expensive

    Located right on the coast, the sublime fish dishes served in this Michelin-starred restaurant are super fresh.

    Chez Michel

    6 rue des Catalans
    13007 Marseille
    France
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    Price: Expensive

    An upmarket brasserie serving some of the best bouillabaisse in town.

    Le Café des Epices

    4 rue du Lacydon
    13002 Marseille
    France
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    Price: Moderate

    This great little place near the old port has a lovely outdoor terrace.

    Le Gout des Choses

    4 place Notre Dame du Mont
    13006 Marseille
    France
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    Price: Moderate

    A good value bistro serving both Provençal classics and dishes influenced by the wider Mediterranean.

    Sahtein

    2 rue Henri Fiocca
    13001 Marseille
    France
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    Price: Cheap

    Ideal for a quick lunch, this relaxed Lebanese restaurant serves delicious falafel, hummus and baklava.

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    Calendar of events

    Fiesta des Suds

    15 – 18 October 2014
    Website

    Venue: Dock des Suds.

    Fiesta des Suds is a festival of world music, with high-profile performers from around the world taking turns to entertain the crowds at the popular Dock des Suds in Marseille. There are several concerts taking place each day, and the festival attracts thousands of revellers every year.

    Marseille-Cassis Classique International

    26 October 2014
    Website

    Venue: From the Vélodrome Stadium on Boulevard Michelet in Marseille to the port of Cassis.

    The Marseille-Cassis Classique International is an annual half marathon taking place on the last weekend in October. The event follows a scenic route from Marseille to the port commune of Cassis and attracts around 15,000 participants. The course itself presents a reasonably serious challenge in the form of the Col de la Gineste, a large hill in the middle of the route.

    Foire aux Santons

    1 November – 31 December 2014
    Website

    Venue: Place Charles-de-Gaulle, Vieux Port.

    This traditional clay figurine fair and Christmas market has been taking place in central Marseille for more than 200 years. It usually runs for five weeks between late November and New Year’s Eve, with stalls remaining open until around 1900.

    Fête de la Chandeleur

    2 February 2015

    Venue: Abbaye de St Victor.

    Candelmas celebrations ushering in the beginning of spring. The holiday is otherwise known as jour des crêpes (pancakes day) – tradition has it that if you hold a coin in your hand while successfully flipping a pancake, the upcoming year will be a prosperous one.

    Babel Med Music

    1 – 31 March 2015
    Website

    Venue: Dock des Suds

    Babel Med Music will take place at the Docks des Suds venue in Marseille over the course of three days and nights across four stages and through 36 concerts. There will be 190 artists, 19 round-table discussions and 170 stands at this annual music event.

    Fête de la Musique

    1 – 30 June 2015
    Website

    Venue: Throughout the city.

    Since being launched by the French Ministry for Culture in 1982, the Fête de la Musique has extended into more than 100 countries around the world. It takes place annually on the 21 June summer solstice and consists of a number of free concerts. Marseille embraces the occasion.

    Festival de Marseille

    1 June – 31 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues around Marseille.

    Celebrating the worlds of dance, music, theatre and cinema, this three-week event draws on the multicultural society that characterises Marseille. Visitors can expect to experience spectacular events ranging from cutting-edge theatre productions and film screenings to contemporary dance and music performances. While the popularity and stature of artists performing here grows each year, it strives to remain accessible to all by keeping the ticket prices low.

    FIDMarseille

    1 – 31 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues around Marseille.

    Showcasing the very best in documentary films from around the world, FIDMarseille is one of the biggest European events on the filmmaking calendar. The festival also screens a small selection of fiction films. Featured films are often followed by Q and A sessions with directors.

    Marseille Lesbian and Gay Pride

    1 – 31 July 2015

    Venue: Various venues around Marseille.

    One of the largest lesbian and gay prides in the south of France, this event attracts thousands of brightly dressed, whistle-blowing folk who flock to Marseille to be a part of this great street party. The pride march usually starts at Parc du 26e Centenaire and ends at the Vieux Port. Later in the evening, the fun really gets underway at a series of parties.

    Mondial La Marseillaise à Pétanque

    1 – 31 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Throughout Marseille.

    There are few pursuits that sit within the French stereotype as comfortably as pétanque. Each July sees the largest tournament in the regional calendar, with thousands of competitors from France and overseas converging on the city.

    Bastille Day

    14 July 2015

    Venue: Vieux Port.

    Celebration of the French revolution and national democracy with a grand fireworks display over the Vieux Port. Marseille’s key role in France’s history (its citizens provided the inspiration for La Marseillaise, the national anthem) means the event remains a significant one.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Marseille

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    A rash of new hotels have boosted Marseille’s accommodation offering lately.

    Many are clustered around the Vieux Port, a good base for exploring the city.

    C2 Hotel

    48 rue Roux de Brignoles
    13006 Marseille
    France
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    Category: Expensive

    Brand new in 2014, this 5-star hotel offers modern luxury in a beautifully restored 19th-century building.

    Hotel Dieu

    1 place Daviel
    13002 Marseille
    France
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    Category: Expensive

    This grand, recently renovated hotel is located in the heart of the Old Town.

    Grand Hotel Beauvau Marseille Vieux Port

    4 rue Beauvau
    13001 Marseille
    France
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    Category: Moderate

    Traditional yet opulent, this hotel enjoys a splendid location overlooking the old port.

    Suite Novotel Marseille Centre Euromed

    33 boulevard de Dunkerque
    13002 Marseille
    France
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    Category: Moderate

    A centrally located hotel with all the modern comforts expected of the Novotel chain.

    Residhome Appart Hotel Saint-Charles

    10 boulevard Charles Nedelec
    13001 Marseille
    France
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    Category: Cheap

    Near to Marseille railway station, this place offers apartments with kitchenettes, ideal for longer stays.

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    Climate & best time to visit France

    France has a temperate climate in the north; northeastern areas have a more continental climate with warm summers and colder winters. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year with some snow likely in winter. The Jura Mountains have an alpine climate. Lorraine, sheltered by bordering hills, has a relatively mild climate. There’s a Mediterranean climate in the south; mountainous areas are cooler with heavy snow in winter.

    The Atlantic influences the climate of the western coastal areas from the Loire to the Basque region where the weather is temperate and relatively mild with rainfall throughout the year. Summers can be very hot and sunny – sunburn can be a risk if you’re unprepared. Inland areas are mild and the French slopes of the Pyrenees are renowned for their sunshine record. A Mediterranean climate exists on the Riviera, and in Provence and Roussillon. Weather in the French Alps is variable. Continental weather is present in Auvergne, Burgundy and the Rhône Valley. Very strong winds (such as the Mistral) can occur throughout the entire region.

    Climatic variations – and in particular the long summer holiday period – mean that mainstream tourism in France peaks in July and August. If you’re visiting the country at this time, prepare to face higher-than-usual demand at major sights, attractions and coastal resorts. There’s likely to be plenty of queuing involved – some roads may even get clogged at particularly busy times.

    By contrast, visiting during the low season – from October through to February or March – is not only far quieter, it also sees a drop in costs. This doesn’t apply to ski resorts, of course, which see peak demand over the winter months. 

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    Feb22 °C-16 °C12 °C3 °C72 %54 mm65.5 h
    Mar25 °C-10 °C14 °C5 °C67 %43.7 mm5.56.9 h
    Apr28 °C-2 °C17 °C8 °C65 %47.9 mm5.38.2 h
    May31 °C0 °C21 °C12 °C64 %42.3 mm4.99.4 h
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    Jul39 °C7 °C29 °C18 °C59 %13.7 mm1.611.8 h
    Aug38 °C8 °C28 °C18 °C62 %29.3 mm310.6 h
    Sep34 °C1 °C25 °C15 °C69 %46.7 mm3.68.5 h
    Oct30 °C-2 °C20 °C11 °C74 %77.6 mm5.86.6 h
    Nov24 °C-5 °C14 °C6 °C75 %58.4 mm5.15.2 h
    Dec20 °C-12 °C11 °C3 °C77 %55.8 mm64.6 h
    year39 °C-16 °C19 °C10 °C68 %544.4 mm56.77.8 h

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +33

    Telephone

    Card-only telephones are common, with pre-paid cards bought from post offices and tabacs; coin boxes are being phased out throughout the country. International calls are cheaper between Mon-Fri 1900-0800 and all day Sat-Sun. Calls can be received at all phone boxes showing the sign of a blue bell. Information in English and other languages can be accessed by pressing the button with a two-flags icon.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is excellent.

    Internet

    Public access is available at internet cafés in all large towns and cities.

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    Shopping in Marseille

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    Key Areas

    From luxury brands to artisan boutiques selling Provençal specialities such as soap and santons (clay figurines), Marseille has something for everyone. Head to rue Saint Ferréol and rue de la Tour for high-street fashions, and rue Paradis for designer brands. The alleys of Le Panier throw up artisan workshops, galleries and classy gifts, while you can seek out antiques around the Prefecture. The recently regenerated rue de la République has plenty to offer too.

    Shopping Centres

    Indoor shopping comes courtesy of the Centre Bourse (17 cours Belsunce) near the port, which contains 60 shops including department store Galeries Lafayette.

    Markets

    Don’t miss the famous daily fish market at the Vieux Port, a real Marseille experience which has changed little over the years. Find clothes and textiles at the markets of Le Prado (avenue du Prado) and La Plaine (place Jean Jaurès), or head to the suburbs in the 15th arrondissement to rifle through bric-a-brac at a huge flea market.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Shaking hands and, more familiarly, kissing both cheeks, are the usual forms of greeting. The form of personal address is simply Monsieur or Madame without a surname and it may take time to get on first-name terms. At more formal dinners, it is the most important guest or host who gives the signal to start eating. Mealtimes are often a long, leisurely experience. Casual wear is common.

    Social functions, some clubs, casinos and exclusive restaurants warrant more formal attire. Evening wear is normally specified where required. Topless sunbathing is tolerated on most beaches but naturism is restricted to certain beaches – local tourist offices will advise where these are. A smoking ban for workplaces and public spaces has been in place since February 2007.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    This being France, the only real problems posed by the local food and drink are mild stomach complaints resulting from overindulgence. Tap water is safe to drink (although you’ll find a huge amount of bottled water for sale too) and cooked food, assuming it’s come from a hygienic kitchen, is certainly no more risky to consume than that of any developed country. Some travellers steer clear of unpasteurised dairy products due to a perceived risk of disease, while others laud the same products for their perceived health benefits. If you’re at all unsure, it’s probably best to stick to what you’re used to.

    Other Risks

    Visitors to forested areas should consider vaccination for tick-borne encephalitis. There was an outbreak of canine rabies in 2008. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay.

    In more universal terms, sunburn is perhaps the most common complaint among visitors to France, particularly over the summer months – temperatures are generally higher in the south but it’s wise to be cautious across the country. The usual precautions apply: use a generous amount of sunscreen and be sensible about how long you spend in direct sunlight. Be aware that a breezy day can sometimes mask high temperatures.

    If walking over a long distance in warm weather, it’s advisable to drink – and carry – plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing, including a sun hat. Blisters can be another problem for hikers. These can often occur if new walking shoes are being worn across a long distance. Ideally footwear should be worn in before the trip.

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