Four more than 50 years, Marseille has been regarded as France’s drug capital. In the aftermath of the Second World War, old-fashioned Corsican and Italian godfathers ruled – the famous French connection. And today, more than ever, the city of Marseille is plagued by the narcotics trade, with 150 points of sale listed in the city.
We tell the story of drug trafficking in Marseille through the testimony of traffickers past and present, and of those who hunted them down: police officers, magistrates and customs officers. Milou is a survivor. One of the last pillars of the notorious French Connection, the criminal organisation that made Marseille a centre of heroin trafficking during the 60s and 70s. He spent 16 years in prison and lost many of his family and friends in the settling of scores that bloodied Marseille in the 70s.
Policeman Antoine Sciblo was part of the dream-team that decapitated the French Connection. He fought a merciless battle alongside Judge Pierre Michel, who paid the ultimate price. How did the milieu evolve, from old-fashioned thugs to the caïds of the cités? Have the rules of this deadly game changed? And how has law enforcement adapted?