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French government raises possibility of 'autonomy' for Corsica

French interior minister Gérald Darmanin, visiting Corsica where rioting has followed the serious assault in a mainland jail of a nationalist figure by a fellow prisoner, has said that Emmanuel Macron, if re-elected in  presidential elections next month, could offer autonomy to the Mediterranean island which has been under rule from Paris since the 18th century.

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Paris could offer “autonomy” to Corsica, the French government has said, suggesting the state might be willing to loosen its historic, centralised grip on the Mediterranean island as it struggles to calm violent protests, reports The Guardian.

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