The Corsican village gripped by fear of spiralling vendettas

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The French Mediterranean island of Corsica, known as “the island of beauty” for its stunning scenery, coastlines and wildlife, is also known for its clans and underworld gangs, and a murder rate well above the average in mainland France. Hélène Constanty reports from the Corsican village of Cargèse, where a string of killings has raised fears of a spiralling blood feud, and where a local collective is standing up to organised crime.

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Cargèse, a village of just more than 1,300 inhabitants, lies on the western seaboard of the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, known as “the island of beauty” for its stunning scenery, coastlines and wildlife, but also known for its clans, underworld, blood feuds and for having a murder rate well above the average in mainland France.