Emergency workers are continuing to sift through the ruins for another three people who are still believed to be missing since the two buildings crumbled suddenly on Monday morning. An adjoining third building, number 67, sustained damage and was torn down for fear it would collapse, as well.
A spokesman for the Marseille Firefighters told The Associated Press on Tuesday that a man's body was recovered, in addition to the bodies of another man and a woman they found earlier.
Images of the buildings before they collapsed, visible on Google Street View, showed that one of the buildings was clearly in poor fix, with boarded-up windows and large visible cracks on the facade before it collapsed.
The announcement brings the death toll to at least two.
"It's hell here, they know that it's crap and now people die for nothing", said local resident Toufik Ben Rhouma.
"It's been 10 years that I've been living here and I've never had anyone come and inspect my apartment", another local resident called Sophie told AFP.
He added he had seen two other people arriving to visit one of the tenants in the building, which had 12 apartments, nine of them occupied.
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"She was a great girl, she used to come and study at the bar", he said, without giving his name.
One of those thought dead includes a mother who did not collect her daughter from school on the day of the incident, and another woman who rarely left her apartment. "It could have been me", she said.
Marseille fire services said two people who were in the street when the buildings collapsed were treated for light injuries.
The neighbourhood is home to many buildings in a similarly poor condition, some of them run by slum landlords.
Marseille authorities began a vast upgrade plan for the city centre in 2011.
According 2015, about 100 thousand inhabitants of Marseille, live in housing that threatens their health or safety.