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meeting between government and local elected officials postponed after Sunday violence

During a demonstration in support of the Colonna family, on April 3, 2022, in Ajaccio, Corsica.  KAMIL ZIHNIOGLU FOR

The meeting planned for April 8 in Paris between Corsican elected officials and the government on the institutional future of the island has been postponed due to the violence that occurred on Sunday during the demonstration in support of the family of Yvan Colonna, learned The world to the Ministry of the Interior.

The entourage of the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, explained that “the conditions for a normalized dialogue were not met”. A letter to this effect was sent to Gilles Simeoni, autonomist president of the executive council of Corsica. “These events are unacceptable, both for democracy, which cannot be complacent about violence, and for the Corsicans themselves, who disapprove of them”, added the ministry.

During his visit to Corsica, from March 16 to 18, the Minister of the Interior undertook to open “from the first week of April” negotiations on “all Corsican issues”of which “the institutional evolution towards a status of autonomy remains to be clarified”. The date of April 8 in Paris had been announced by Gilles Simeoni, the autonomist president of the executive council of Corsica but never confirmed by the Ministry of the Interior.

Mr. Darmanin had also promised the “prompt rapprochement in Corsica, in the coming weeks”, of Pierre Alessandri and Alain Ferrandi, the last members of the “Erignac commando” still imprisoned. The two men, imprisoned in Poissy (Yvelines), signed their transfer order to Borgo prison on Friday.

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Gilles Simeoni present at the demonstration in Ajaccio

A new demonstration, in which Mr. Simeoni notably participated, took place on Sunday afternoon in Ajaccio. It degenerated into violent clashes between 150 to 200 young people, often hooded and equipped with gas masks, and the police, while clashes also occurred near Bastia.

According to the Interior Ministry, “Forty-three actions or demonstrations have taken place over the past two weeks, almost all of which have been punctuated by violent outbursts, in the presence of elected officials who are nevertheless supposed to participate in the discussions planned in Paris”. ” In total, adds the ministry to the World, nearly 59 were injured, both among the security forces and the demonstrators, who, moreover, were not the subject of any public condemnation. »

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Unacceptable violence according to Emmanuel Macron

“There will be no discussion with people who behave like this”had warned Emmanuel Macron, a little earlier on France Inter. “What I saw this weekend is unacceptable, including with political leaders at the head of the procession”, he said Monday morning.

According to Emmanuel Macron, the assassination of Yvan Colonna in prison is “serious and unacceptable”but the latter “is not a hero” because “He has been convicted several times” and was “the cowardly assassin of the prefect Erignac” in 1998.

“The Republic cannot accept that a detainee be shot in these conditions by another detainee, and that is why I will take very clear measures on the basis of the reports and all the facts that will be given to me. », he added. Corn “the return to order is a prerequisite for everything”warned the Head of State, while Gérald Darmanin had undertaken to open negotiations this week on “all Corsican issues”of which “the institutional evolution towards a status of autonomy remains to be clarified”.

“I am in favor of any development if it meets the needs of the population. That’s why I always said ‘there is no taboo’. corn “autonomy is not independence” and “is not an objective in itself”he pointed out.

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