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    Corsica: Nationalists demand autonomy but no secession

    First round of regional election on the French island

    On 3rd of December 2017, the first round of regional elections took place on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica. On the Island live about 300,000 people, who make up about half a percent of the French population.

    The Nationalist party “Pè a Corsica” (For Corsica), alliance of “Femu a Corsica” (Create Corsica) and “Corsica Libera” (Free Corsica), led by Gilles Simeoni and Jean-Guy Talamoni, came to 45.36 Percent of the votes. The election is considered as a possible directional decision for the difficult relationship between Corsica and the French central government. If the Corsican nationalists claim to be the strongest force, they are expected to increase their demands for more autonomy.
    From left: Gilles Simeoni (Femu a Corsica) and Jean-Guy Talamoni (Corsica Libera)

    The joint list of the most important nationalist forces wants a legally anchored autonomy of Corsica. However, the list does not demand secession from France. Efforts for more autonomy already exist on the island for decades. Though, the final decision will only be made in the second round on 10th of December 2017.

    Source: www.kurier.at and APA

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