This is the one city in France people tell you to avoid. Too much crime, they say, too many Arabs, too many Africans, a Mafia stronghold that was knows as the “French Chicago” back in the 1930s, a time when British writer Basil Woon labeled it “the world’s wickedest port.”
It could be a bird. Or a plane! Nah, it's Elli Williams, a member of aerial acrobatics group Astro Doves, swinging in the air as vibrant silk sheets tightly hold her limber body as she effortlessly shifts from one position to another.