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how Yvan Colonna’s deadly attack accelerated everything

Protesters descend from Boulevard Paoli during a demonstration in support of Yvan Colonna, in Bastia, March 13, 2022.

Four and a half years after the end of their security period, it took Yvan Colonna’s deadly attack at the central house in Arles (Bouches-du-Rhône), incidents, then a day of riots in Bastia , Ajaccio and Calvi (Haute-Corse), the announcement of a process of negotiations between the nationalists and the State so that Matignon announces, Tuesday March 22, the rapprochement in Corsica of Pierre Alessandri and Alain Ferrandi, “by mid-April “. ” We will not complain, sigh Mand Françoise Davideau, lawyer for Mr. Ferrandi. But this decision comes in dramatic circumstances, when it should have been part of a legal and legitimate context. »

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Conditional since May 25, 2017, the last two members of the “Erignac commando” imprisoned had hitherto come up against the systematic refusal to have their sentence adjusted and the status of “particularly reported detainee” (DPS) which prevented their reconciliation in Corsica despite favorable detention reports, impeccable behavior behind bars and reintegration projects deemed solid by the prison probation service. “The status of DPS which has weighed on Pierre Alessandri since his incarceration and throughout his twenty-three years of detention, explains M.and Eric Barbolosi, lawyer for the activist, has not only been an obstacle to family reunification but has also become a major obstacle to their reintegration. What meaning is given to the execution of his sentence in such conditions? »

On February 18, the local commission of the Poissy remand center (Yvelines), where the two detainees are serving their sentences, even came out against the removal of the two detainees from the DPS register, an unexpected reversal: there was been favorable in 2019 and 2020, during its last two consultations.

“murderous French state”

Everything changes with the attack on Yvan Colonna on March 2. The prisoner, sentenced for the assassination of the prefect Claude Erignac on February 6, 1998 in Ajaccio, is plunged into a coma after being beaten up by Franck Elong Abé, a 36-year-old ex-jihadist. The excitement is considerable in Corsica, where the rapprochement of detainees on the island, considered a humanitarian necessity, is a demand very widely shared in the political class and opinion. Five days later, in the field HQ room on 15and arrondissement where he has just formalized his candidacy for the presidential election, Emmanuel Macron speaks briefly with Laurent Marcangeli, mayor (various right) of Ajaccio and Jean-Charles Orsucci, mayor (La République en Marche, LRM) of Bonifacio (Corse-du-Sud), the only elected macronist of weight on the island. “We have to look at the situation humanely. Jean will announce something soon”explains the candidate president.

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