The proposal comes greater than a 12 months after the Mediterranean island noticed riots over the killing of independence fighter Yvan Colonna.
French President Emmanuel Macron has proposed to present a type of autonomy to the Mediterranean island of Corsica.
The proposal got here on Thursday, greater than a 12 months after widespread violence broke out over the killing in a mainland jail of independence fighter Yvan Colonna.
“We must always have the braveness to determine a type of autonomy for Corsica inside France,” Macron on Thursday instructed the island’s parliament in Ajaccio, which is presently managed by nationalists.
“We’d all be failing if we left issues as they’re,” he added.
Colonna – jailed for all times over the 1998 homicide of the area’s prefect Claude Erignac – was stabbed to demise by one other inmate.
Colonna’s killing triggered “unbelievable violence that introduced Corsica to the brink of widespread battle”, the island’s govt Gilles Simeoni instructed the president.
Corsicans have lengthy wished extra say on their very own affairs, in addition to official standing for his or her language and safety from outsiders shopping for up land – two thorny requests that Paris is reluctant to grant.
“Corsica should … develop into the autonomous territory it should be,” regional parliament Speaker Marie-Antoinette Maupertuis instructed Macron earlier than his speech.
The island’s younger folks particularly “really feel vastly dispossessed”, she added.
Macron promised to introduce laws that will “totally anchor Corsica within the French republic, and recognise the individuality of its Mediterranean island nature and its relationship with the world”.
He set a deadline of six months for the island’s politicians to achieve an settlement with Paris on a brand new legislation that will change the French structure to amend Corsica’s standing.
“There aren’t any purple strains, simply the beliefs of the republic,” Macron added.