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French President Emmanuel Macron is proposing granting restricted autonomy for Corsica in a modest step towards nationalist sentiment on the Mediterranean island

ByThe Related Press

September 28, 2023, 10:04 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron addresses the Corsican Meeting in Ajaccio, as a part of a 3 days go to within the southern French island of Corsica Thursday Sept. 28, 2023. President Emmanuel Macron proposed granting restricted autonomy for Corsica on Thursday in a modest step towards nationalist sentiment on France’s island within the Mediterranean. (Pascal Pochard-Casabianca, Pool through AP)

The Related Press

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron proposed granting restricted autonomy for Corsica on Thursday in a modest step towards nationalist sentiment on the Mediterranean island.

In a speech he described as “an outstretched hand,” Macron mentioned: “Allow us to have the audacity to construct a Corsican autonomy inside the republic.”

“It will not be an autonomy that’s towards the state nor autonomy with out the state, however an autonomy for Corsica and inside the republic,” he mentioned in his deal with to the island’s native elected meeting.

The island is residence to greater than 340,000 individuals and has been a part of France since 1768. However Corsica has additionally seen pro-independence violence and has an influential nationalist motion. In 1998, in an assassination that surprised the nation, pro-independence activists shot lifeless France’s prime official on the island, Claude Érignac. Different violence has been largely low-level, typically involving bombs planted in vehicles or buildings in a single day, when nobody is inside.

Macron did not go into nice element about what powers may be transferred from Paris to a extra autonomous Corsica. He mentioned that he favors altering the French Structure to acknowledge “the specificities” of Corsica’s island group. A constitutional change would require French parliamentary approval.

“That is how we’ll flip a web page that was marked by somber hours and be capable to open one other,” Macron mentioned.



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