The first reactions quickly poured in on the evening of Monday March 21 after the announcement of the death of Yvan Colonna, a Corsican independence activist sentenced to life imprisonment for the assassination of the prefect Erignac, who succumbed to the injuries inflicted on him during his assault in Arles prison on March 2.
“Yvan Colonna, Corsican patriot, alive and well for eternity! We will always be by your side”reacted on Twitter, in the Corsican language, the Femu a Corsica party of Gilles Simeoni, the autonomist president of the executive council of the island. “Yvan Colonna, dead for Corsica”posted, still in Corsica, Core in fronte, the main independence party, accompanying its message with a black and white photo of the activist flanked by the message “to you the embrace of this earth”.
The only elected official in Corsica to react in her own name was Marie-Antoinette Maupertuis, the autonomist president of the assembly of Corsica, who presented her “condolences and support” to Yvan Colonna’s family.
Silent gatherings in Bastia and Ajaccio
The Corsican activist was doubly hailed in Spain. On Twitter, the National Assembly of Catalonia presented its « condolences (…) to the entire Corsican independence movement”while repeating his “support for protest movements”. “Two peoples, one fight. Solidarity and condolences »welcomed the Basque party Sortu.
The announcement of his death did not upset the calm on the Isle of Beauty on Monday evening. In Bastia, only a few dozen people gathered in front of the gates of the courthouse, where they hung two banners bearing the slogan “Statu inglese murdered” (“murderous French state”). Another gathering took place in Ajaccio, in front of the cathedral, in silence.
The only angry message came from the association for the defense of Corsican political prisoners, Sulidarita, which, via its general secretary, tweeted: “Woe to this murderous French state. »
“On Yvan Colonna, it’s a tragedy, and I call for keeping calm and composure and not to set Corsica ablaze”, declared the candidate of the Les Républicains (LR) party in the presidential election, Valérie Pécresse, on CNews, following sometimes violent demonstrations in recent weeks. For the candidate on the right, “we do not negotiate under pressure from the street, we will negotiate [sur l’autonomie de la Corse] when order returns. “I want this decentralization, I am a regionalist and patriot and European, I am not afraid to give power to the regions, but if we give autonomy, it must be with obligations of result”she developed.
For his part, the MP for La France Insoumise (LFI) Eric Coquerel said on Twitter: “Arrived in Ajaccio, I learn of the death of Yvan Colonna. If, as requested with other deputies, he had benefited from a rapprochement, this tragedy would never have happened. A parliamentary commission to find out the truth is imperative. »
Laurent Jacobelli, spokesperson for the National Rally (RN) said on LCI that he did not understand “only in a State which is a State of law (…)Mr. Dupond-Moretti is still Minister of Justice”. Too, Gilbert Collard, support for Eric Zemmour in the presidential election, tweeted: “Yvan Colonna is dead. His assassin is a jihadist born in Cameroon: this kind of individual should have returned to his country a long time ago, which would have been the case if the “ministry of remigration” proposed by Eric Zemmour was in place! »