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Official Partners

  • A family business that was created in Marseille in 1939, the Compagnie Fruitière is now the leading fruit producer in Africa, primarily of bananas and pineapples, and has its fruit distributed throughout Europe. With more than 20 000 employees, the majority of which work on plantations in the Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Ghana, and Senegal, the Compagnie Fruitière was one of the first companies to adopt a strategy of corporate responsibility. The company has launched numerous economic development and social services projects in the countries where it operates, most notably initiatives that improve the infrastructure and services available to employees, employees’ families, and the surrounding communities. In 2018, the company will celebrate its 80th anniversary.

    The Compagnie Fruitière and the Compagnie Fruitière Endowment Fund have come together and chosen to support MP2018, Quel Amour! as an Official Partner. MP2018 constitutes an incredible opportunity to promote the territory and to unite the different political, economic, and cultural actors around an ambitious project.

    Jérôme Fabre
    Executive President of the Compagnie Fruitière

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  • Having had a presence in Martigues since 1935 thanks to its La Mède platform, Total has always paid particular attention to the culture and the heritage of this region that has served as a historic base for its activities. After having supported MP2013, European Capital of Culture, it was an obvious choice for Total to become involved in the development of MP2018. By becoming an Official Partner, the Total Foundation recognises the spirit of cooperation that defines the project and the world-class quality of the artistic programme that includes some of the biggest names in contemporary art. As one of MP2018’s emblematic venues, the J1 hangar will welcome two internationally acclaimed artists; as one is a native of Thailand and the other is a native of France, the notion of dialogue between cultures that is so important to Total is perfectly expressed in their work. Each will take their turn in transforming the J1 into a type of bridge, if not a passageway, between Marseille and the rest of the world.

    The incredible richness of cultural exchange will also be on display at the [mac] contemporary art museum in Marseille with Quel amour!?, a collective exhibition that explores the unifying theme of love that is at the heart of MP2018.

    The J1 exhibitions and the Quel amour!? exhibition have been organised with the support of the Total Foundation



    The Total Foundation’s mission is to contribute to the dialogue between cultures by working toward the preservation and transmission of cultural heritage and supporting contemporary creation. This cultural patronage aims to foster a deep connection to the territory and a profound involvement of young people so that culture becomes a vehicle for integrating communities and exploring new horizons.

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  • The MJ1 association, which brings together major public and private actors working to strengthen the territory’s national and international appeal, is dedicated to transforming the J1 hangar—a unique and emblematic piece of Marseille’s history—into a one-of-a-kind venue that will serve the entire metropolis and enhance the overall appeal of the metro area. After having welcomed more than 300 000 visitors in 2013 as part of Marseille-Provence, European Capital of Culture, the “J1” is becoming the “MJ1” and is once again opening its doors to the public in October 2017.

    The MJ1 has been created to become a space for gathering, for discovering, for encounters, a space that is open to all people with an exceptional programme of exhibitions that will run until the end of 2018. As a result of our cooperation with MP2018, our goal of hosting a world-class exhibition has been realised. With the framework of MJ1’s programme, we are proud and delighted to host Quel Amour! in 2018. This contemporary art exhibition exploring the theme of love will bring together the work of globally respected artists and is in total harmony with MJ1’s mission of welcoming large audiences and enhancing the territory’s reputation on the international stage. I would like to thank everybody who made the MJ1 project possible, a work that is by and for Marseille and Provence, and a venue that will be at the service of our newly founded metropolis and its people.


    Alain Lacroix, President MJ1

    Members of MJ1:

    BNPParibas–Bouygues Bâtiment Sud-Est–Bouygues Immobilier–Caisse d’Epargne CEPAC–CIS Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations – CMA CGM – Daher International – Eiffage Constructions ELIOR – JC Decaux – GL Events – Hammerson Marseille – Interxion France SA – Jaguar Network Médiaco Levage S.A . – ONET SA – Orange – Société Marseillaise de Crédit – SODEXO – Ville de Marseille – CCI Marseille Provence


  • The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Marseille Provence (CCIMP) represents the interests of 94 000 companies in Aix-Marseille-Provence and supports them in their business endeavours. Its combined mission is to meet the daily needs of the business community and enhance the territory’s international reputation. The CCIMP, which is presided over by Jean-Luc Chauvin, is supporting this project to shine a spotlight on Aix-Marseille-Provence and to consolidate the territory’s position as a leader in Southern Europe and in the Mediterranean basin.

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Project Partners

  • The number one insurance group in France for social coverage and asset

    protection, AG2R LA MONDIALE offers an array of quality products and

    services for retirement, savings, protection, and health. A leader in individual insurance with offices across the country, the company’s broad objective is to invest in the life of the nation’s cities. In this context, the group embraces a policy of cultural sponsorship destined to foster artistic vitality in the territories it serves. Therefore, after MP2013, European Capital of Culture, the company is now supporting MP2018. More specifically, AG2R LA MONDIALE is backing multi-disciplinary projects that are exclusively in the artistic domain.

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  • The Banque Populaire Méditerranée embraces audacity and supports the initiatives and ambitions of entrepreneurs in both the economic and cultural sectors. As a cooperative bank whose capital is held by its 156 000 members, it has been involved in cultural sponsorship for a number of years and has the continuing mission of helping dynamic projects that are important to the residents of the territory. By supporting MP2018, the Banque Populaire Méditerranée has confirmed its role as a community-oriented bank that participates in the growth of the region and supports bold local projects.

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  • Having operated in Provence for more than 110 years, the Crédit Agricole Alpes Provence bank has a tradition of supporting the economic and social life in its territory (the 13, 84, and 05 departments). Having already served as a sponsor of MP2013, the bank is proud to once again answer the call for MP2018 and to help make culture a major stimulus for the economic development and enhanced appeal of Provence, all via the unifying theme of Quel Amour! The Crédit Agricole Alpes Provence, always loyal to its cooperative system of banking, is committed to its role of sponsor for large-scale events that touch the hearts of the territory and its residents. Through its company foundation, over the past 10 years the Crédit Agricole Alpes Provence has supported more than 300 projects with 7.8 million euros in funds in such diverse and complimentary domains as heritage, culture, social actions, health initiatives, education, and research.

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  • The Compagnie Fruitière Endowment Fund was created in 2012 at the behest of Robert Fabre, the president of the Compagnie Fruitière. Its objective is to further the corporate responsibility efforts initiated by the company. In Africa, the Fund works with NGOs and associations to improve the quality of life for the most underserved communities by providing access to electricity, clean water, medical care, and education. Beginning 2016, the Fund has also worked in France, notably in Marseille, by supporting projects in the domains of health, education, culture, and the environment. Among the partners it has worked with in 2017 are the French Red Cross, the HumaniTerra NGO, the Fondation de France, and the Association Massabielle.

    Fostering arts education in schools and encouraging access to culture for all communities are among the main objectives of the Compagnie Fruitière Endowment Fund. For MP2018, we have chosen to support a first-of-its-kind artistic initiative: the creation of an Art Case and the production of 4500 of these cases to be distributed to every single primary school in the Bouches-du-Rhône Department. 115 000 children will benefit both from this tailor-made educational tool and the associated opening festivities on 14 February that will be specially dedicated to young audiences.

    Marie-Pierre Fabre
    President of the Fonds de Dotation Compagnie Fruitière

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  • The shipping company Marfret was created in 1987 after the restructuring of the Compagnie Marseille Fret. Marfret offers container shipping services on regular routes that cover a large geographic area: Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa, the United States, Central America, the Antilles, French Guiana, Brazil, the South Pacific… Since 2005, Marfret has also gained recognition for its river and multimodal transport services, having created new exchange systems between metro areas and ports as well as new multimodal combinations to serve the maritime, road, and river networks. The company’s success is based on factors such as the frequency of its routes and the competiveness of its prices, while it has also established its market by developing North-South routes and by signing agreements for the rationalisation of services with other shipping lines. Marfret has a history of supporting cultural and artistic events and offers artist-in-residence programmes both on its ships and in its offices. Marfret defines itself as a “conveyor of art”.

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  • The Mécènes du Sud collective was founded in Aix-Marseille in 2003 by a group of companies that were motivated by their common vision for the territory. The collective unites businesses around the shared belief that they have a true role to play in enhancing the territory’s image and supporting contemporary culture. This mission of shining a spotlight on the territory is embodied by artistic projects such as the residency programmes, the coproduced exhibitions, and the major arts events that the Mécènes du Sud inspires and organises. Bringing together the economic, institutional, and cultural communities, motivating its members to embrace arts investments, creating links between the arts and the business community, and increasing awareness of its brand are but a few of the aspirations of this ground-breaking endeavour.

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  • The Medifutur group is specialised in the management of medical-surgical facilities. Created in Aubagne in 1990 by its founding partners Laurence and Gilles Schutz, Medifutur was initially focused on patients suffering from chronic kidney disease and continues to provide dialysis services to more than 300 patients in its clinics in Aix-en-Provence and Aubagne. In 2005, Medifutur expanded to the Ile-de-France and today is a leader in day and short-stay surgery in Paris with a cutting-edge network of clinics. The group hopes to become the standard-bearer for the future of medicine by embracing new innovations in order to offer the best medical care and long-term treatment at renowned clinics with high-quality, multidisciplinary medical teams working with state-of-the-art technology. The group has an annual turnover of 45 million euros, it employs 350 people, and it provides access to more than one hundred leading medical specialists.

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  • Created in Marseille in 1931, La Méridionale provides daily passenger and freight service between Marseille and Corsica. Its 500 employees operate a mixed fleet of ships (The Girolata, The Kalliste, and The Piana) that serves Ajaccio, Bastia, and Propriano. La Méridionale is the naval subsidiary of the Groupe STEF, the European leader in temperature-controlled logistics. Havingalready sponsored Marseille-Provence 2013, European Capital of Culture, it was natural for La Méridionale to support this major new arts event that will once again put our territory in the international spotlight. Our love for Marseille and Corsica, our love for our clients, and our love for our profession, these are but a few of our core values that are a perfect match for the theme of Quel Amour! that has been adopted by MP2018.

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  • Founded by David Sussmann in the US in 1996 and then branching out to Europe, Seafoodia ( is a multicultural company that operates on a human scale with roughly 50 collaborators who represent ten different nationalities and speak 14 languages. Seafoodia is specialised in the global distribution and sale of seafood products. The company is devoted to protecting natural resources and works to provide innovative, sustainable products that contribute to the health of people, of marine life, and of the planet. Based in Marseille in the heart of the Mediterranean, Seafoodia is a leader in its sector with exports to more than 60 countries and partnerships with more than 40 production centres and fishing vessels around the world.

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  • Based in the heart of Marseille since 1905, it is natural that the Groupe SNEF is actively committed to supporting the type of vibrant metropolitan culture that is being offered by MP2018.

    A French independent leader and a recognised player in sectors such as energy, industrial processes, telecommunications, and information technologies, Groupe SNEF designs, develops, and integrates multi-technical solutions. With more than 110 years of history, 10 000 employees around the world, and an annual turnover of more than one billion euros, the Groupe SNEF owes its long-term success and economic vitality to its unsurpassed technical expertise, its profound human dimension, and its exceptional client services. Deeply committed to a sustainable and environmentally friendly approach to business, the Groupe SNEF is a trusted partner to accompany clients in their projects of the future.

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  • A world leader in services that provide a greater quality of life, Sodexo was founded in Marseille in 1966 by Pierre Bellon. The group’s objective is to provide services that improve the daily lives of its consumers, its clients, and its collaborators. Sodexo’s renowned expertise in its field has translated to a team of 425 000 employees operating in 80 countries. With its historic ties to Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the company is extremely active in the region, with 450 locations and 2000 employees serving more than 140 000 people every day. With this presence, it was completely natural for Sodexo to become a partner of MP2018. This partnership is perfectly aligned with the company’s overall goal of taking an active role in the economic, social, and cultural life of the region and in helping to enhance its reputation around the world. The project is also emblematic of the innovation that is at the very core of Sodexo’s DNA.

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  • The Marseille Provence Airport is proud to work with MP2018, an ambitious new project that is proof of our region’s dynamic nature. We are delighted with this partnership that is in perfect harmony with the Marseille Provence Airport’s overall strategy: to provide long-term support for the economic, touristic, and cultural development of the region, and to continue to enhance the image of Provence around the world.

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  • Since being founded by Frédéric Chevalier with Richard Caillat and Didier Chabassieu in Aix-en-Provence in 1990, HighCo has remained deeply committed to its roots and is passionately involved in the promotion of the region. In 2013, it was an obvious choice to support Marseille-Provence, European Capital of Culture. And today we are equally proud to be associated with MP2018. This international-scale arts event will shine a spotlight on our territory and make Provence one of the year’s foremost cultural destinations.

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  • Marseille Fos, culture is coming ashore!

    The Port of Marseille Fos, which is the #1 port in France, is a major actor in the territory on the economic, social, and cultural levels. After having provided incredible support in 2013 for Marseille-Provence, European Capital of Culture, the Mediterranean port is once again confirming its commitment to openness and its dedication to civic life by becoming a sponsor of MP2018, Quel Amour!

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  • Shared experiences and emotions… PONANT is providing its support for MP2018 based on its commitment to the values shared by the worlds of art, culture, and travel. The only cruise line operating under the French flag, PONANT chose to locate its headquarters in Marseille and is dedicated to participating in the cultural and artistic blossoming of the region.

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  • AJE
  • Artz & Co
  • Axe Sud
  • Brousse Vergez
  • BVI
  • Citadines Apart’hotels
  • Club de La Croisière
  • Club de l’Immobilier
  • Compagnie Maritime Chambon
  • Colorbus
  • Corsica Linea
  • Fayat Bâtiment
  • Fondation La Poste
  • Fonds Epicurien
  • Gil Claude
  • Groupe La Poste
  • Karapharm
  • KPMG
  • Lab 360°
  • Leclère Maison de vente
  • Maitrise et Construction
  • MAP Architecture
  • Médiane
  • Midi Provence
  • Milhe et Avons
  • Naval Group
  • NGE
  • PLD Auto
  • Provence Studios
  • SARL A2C
  • Sécurité Industrielle
  • Société Marseillaise de Crédit
  • Société Marseillaise du Prado Carénage
  • Sogitec
  • SNI
  • Stan
  • Sud Moteurs
  • Swaton
  • Tivoli Capital
  • Vacances Bleues

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