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Nationalists boycott Macron during Corsica visit

Ajaccio - Nationalist politicians on the island of Corsica boycotted a lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday during a tense trip to the territory which saw him rule out many of their demands for greater autonomy.

Macron vows to keep Corsica French

Ajaccio - President Emmanuel Macron told nationalists on the island of Corsica during a visit Tuesday that he would try to accommodate their demands for more autonomy while keeping them in France's "Republican fold".

Macron in high-stakes visit to nationalist Corsica

Paris - Emmanuel Macron embarks on one of the trickiest visits of his young presidency Tuesday when he travels to Corsica, a nationalist bastion demanding greater freedom from the highly centralised French state.

Nationalists protest in Corsica ahead of Macron visit

Ajaccio - Thousands of Corsican nationalists marched on Saturday demanding greater freedoms for the French island, three days ahead of a visit by President Emmanuel Macron.

Corsica nationalists gear up for tussle with Macron

Ajaccio - Corsican nationalists seeking greater freedoms for the French island were sworn in as its leaders on Tuesday, setting the stage for a potential standoff with Paris, which has given short shrift to their demands.

Nationalists demand talks on autonomy for France's Corsica

Ajaccio - Bolstered by their triumph in regional elections Corsican nationalists on Monday called on the French government to quickly enter talks on their demands for greater autonomy for the Mediterranean island.

Why Corsica is not the new Catalonia

Ajaccio - Nationalist gains at the ballot box in Corsica may have earned the French island comparisons with Catalonia, but even its hardcore separatists admit that breaking away is a distant dream.

Corsican mobster gunned down at French airport

Bastia - A notorious Corsican mobster was killed and two people were wounded on Tuesday in an suspected tit-for-tat shooting at an airport on the French island of Corsica.

Corsica nationalists demand more freedoms after election gains

Ajaccio - Nationalists seeking greater autonomy for France's Corsica on Monday ruled out a Catalan-style independence bid but demanded greater freedoms for the island after winning the first round of regional elections.

Corsica nationalists demand more freedoms after election gains

Ajaccio - Nationalists seeking greater autonomy for France's Corsica on Monday ruled out an imminent independence bid but demanded greater freedoms for the island after winning the first round of regional elections.

Corsica wildfire ravages 2,000 hectares of forest

Calvi - A wildfire tearing through the French island of Corsica has destroyed 2,000 hectares (nearly 5,000 acres) of forest, but no longer poses a threat to villages in the area, emergency services said Monday.

Trial opens over Corsica 'burkini' clashes

Bastia - Five men went on trial in Corsica on Thursday over a mass beach brawl on the French Mediterranean island last month that reportedly began after tourists took pictures of Muslim bathers.

Beach clashes in Corsica lead to third French burqini ban

Bastia - A mayor on the French island of Corsica on Monday became the third nationwide to announce a ban on burqinis, following weekend clashes allegedly sparked by a row over the full-body Islamic swimsuit.

Corsica tense after clashes injure five

Bastia - Tensions remained high in Corsica on Sunday after five people were injured and three cars burned in clashes between young locals and families of North African origin, according to police.

Corsican MPs urge France to shut radical mosques

Ajaccio - Corsican lawmakers on Thursday called on the French state to close down radical mosques on the Mediterranean island, hours after an underground separatist movement issued a threat against Islamic extremists.

Corsican separatists 'to end military operations'

Ajaccio - An underground separatist group in Corsica said Tuesday it would end "military operations", two years after the main militant movement on the French island laid down its arms.

Hundreds march in Corsica after violent anti-Arab protests

Ajaccio - Hundreds of people marched in Corsica on Sunday after two days of violent anti-Arab riots, sidestepping a ban on demonstrations in a flashpoint neighbourhood by taking their protests elsewhere in the capital.

Corsica becomes latest European territory to turn nationalist

Bastia - The French Mediterranean island of Corsica has become the latest European territory to take a nationalist turn, with an unprecedented victory in regional elections that has put independence activists in the seat of power.

France's Corsica: From 'isle of beauty' to 'isle of trash'

Ajaccio - Corsica, France's lush and feisty Mediterranean "isle of beauty", as it's known, has another nickname, the "scented isle" for its dense fragrant shrubs.

Main Corsican separatist group says will lay down arms

Ajaccio - Corsica's main militant group FLNC, which has staged attacks since the 1970s in its quest for the island's separation from France, in a surprise move Wednesday announced it would lay down arms.

Napoleon chair blunder gets museum worker into hot water

Ajaccio - A French museum employee is in hot water after being unable to resist the temptation of sitting in a 200-year-old folding chair once filled by the "derriere" of Napoleon.

Op-Ed: The secret story of the Jews saved by Corsica in WWII

Here is the wonderful and hitherto little-known story of how many Corsicans risked their lives to save most of the thousands of Jews who fled there from Nazi-occupied mainland France in order to escape deportation and death. It’s the irony of Omertà.

Mediterranean countries hit with last blast of winter

A freak snowstorm has hit the Mediterranean, dumping up to 50 cm of snow on parts of Spain and stranding thousands of travellers in Spain and Southern France.
 

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