January 24, 2022

Autonomy: As in Guadeloupe, Corsican elected officials want a debate

CORSICA – An idea that makes an oil slick. After the remarks of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sébastien Lecornu on the possibility of considering an extended autonomy for Guadeloupe, two deputies from Corsica jumped the ball and demanded in turn this Saturday, November 27 the opening of a dialogue around the autonomy of their island.

On Friday, during a televised address on the sidelines of the social crisis that is shaking the French West Indies, the minister actually drew the ire of part of the political class by explaining that he was “ready” to discuss ‘autonomy. “There are no bad debates as long as these debates serve to solve the real problems of the daily life of Guadeloupeans”, continued the minister, ensuring that he responds to a request made in hollow by local elected officials.

In continuity, Jean-Félix Acquaviva, Member of Parliament for Haute-Corse, therefore launched a “solemn call for a similar process in Corsica” in a statement on Saturday to the one proposed in Guadeloupe.

“The government is therefore ‘ready’ to speak of the autonomy of Guadeloupe as one of the structural solutions to be brought to this crisis. It took violence, nights of riots to arrive at this evidence. This does not fail to challenge ”, he was moved.

The autonomists, the first political force in Corsica

And to recall that in Corsica “it has been years since universal suffrage has been clear and limpid on these questions by allowing a large majority of Corsicans to decide repeatedly for full legislative autonomy”.

“Femu a Corsica (the autonomist party to which he belongs, editor’s note) once again calls on the state to move in the direction of history by installing a new political process in Corsica, turning its back on the old demons of exacerbated centralism or even a colonial attitude, ”added the one who is also National Secretary of the Party of the President of the Executive Council of Corsica, Gilles Simeoni.

For his part, the deputy of Corse-du-Sud Paul-André Colombani (autonomist) wondered on Twitter: “What about Corsica where we continue to initiate dialogue and share our demands in a democratic way? Where are we working to change our status? Where are the nationalists in the majority? ”, Adding:“ The state can no longer ignore us ”.

In 2014, at the end of four decades of armed struggle marked by numerous attacks, the Front de Liberation de la Corse (FLNC) announced that it would lay down its arms. Since then, the nationalists have won several important ballots and have established themselves as the majority political current on the island, especially during the territorial elections in June.

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