Keyword: Corsica

Popular SE France tourist regions witness surge in Covid cases

Provence and the Riviera in south-east France, along with the Mediterranean island of Corsica, all highly popular summer destinations for tourists, have declared emergency measures to deal with a surge in hospital admissions of Covid-19 cases, with medical staff reporting that the patient age-groups are notably younger than previously seen.

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Man jailed for life over killing that led to femicide outcry in France

Bruno Garcia-Cruciani’s murder of Julie Douib in Corsica became a rallying call against domestic killings.

The Corsican village gripped by fear of spiralling vendettas

A tag in Cargèse in memory of Massimu Susini, shot dead in 2019. © HC A tag in Cargèse in memory of Massimu Susini, shot dead in 2019. © HC

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.

Pictured: French air force pilot's initiation ordeal tied to fighter jet target

Ordeal: pilot 'A.C.' tied to fighter jet target in Corsica. © DR Ordeal: pilot 'A.C.' tied to fighter jet target in Corsica. © DR

A young French air force pilot who, in a cruel initiation prank by otherairmen, was hooded, trussed, and tied to a post used for target practice by fighter jets, has filed a formal complaint with the public prosecution services for “aggravated violence” and “deliberately endangering the life of others”. Mediapart reveals here photos and video of the disturbing events at an airbase in Corsica which, as Justine Brabant reports, further tarnish the image of the air force after prosecutors in February opened an investigation into allegations of “institutionalised” harassment at a major base in eastern France.

France launches coronavirus travel pass

The new app will be tested on flights to Corsica this week.

France sends warship to evacuate Covid-19 patients in Corsica

A helicopter carrier has been sent to the French Mediterranean island of Corsica to evacuate people seriously ill from with infection from the Covis-19 coronavirus, who will be taken to hospitals in the southern mainland cities of in Marseille and Toulon.

Corsica, southern mainland France battered by Storm Fabien

The Mediterranean island of Corsica and the south of mainland France have been swept by strong winds and rain causing severe flooding and power outages, closing down roads and an airport. 

Net closes around Corsican clans suspected of EU subsidies fraud

Cash cow: the Corsicana cattle breed native to Corsica. © Wikipédia Cash cow: the Corsicana cattle breed native to Corsica. © Wikipédia

The French Mediterranean island of Corsica is the focus of a series of investigations into the suspected mass fraud of European Union agricultural subsidies. One of the alleged methods of the fraud is the fictitious declaration of swathes of scrubland as pasture land for cattle farmers. The sums involved are vast, and those suspected of the scam include some closely related to the island’s notorious and feared underworld gangs. Hélène Constanty reports.

One dead, several injured in attack in Corsica shooting

Officials said lone gunman shot several passers-by in the Lupino neighbourhood of Bastia, on the north coast of Corsica.

Corsica canyon flash flood kills five

Seven tourists were canyoning when a wave about 3m high hit them - the guide was among those killed, while two in the group were rescued.

Macron vows to keep Corsica French

President's two-day visit is being closely watched on mainland, amid fears that giving island too much autonomy could fuel a breakaway bid.

Macron to visit Corsica amid calls for greater autonomy

Political strength of nationalists means question of island’s status may have to be finally addressed by Paris.

Corsican nationalists protest ahead of Macron's visit

Protest organisers said up to 25,000 people attended the demonstration in the island's capital Ajaccio ahead of Tuesday's presidential visit. 

Corsican nationalists gain control of new local assembly

Elections to decide the makeup of a new regional assembly on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica have resulted in a resounding win for an alliance of nationalists who want greater powers of autonomy and the introduction of preferential treatment for locals, such as in access to housing. 

Corsican nationalists surge in first round of French election

Group led by autonomist leader Gilles Simeoni won 45.36% of the votes for newly-created, more powerful local assembly on French island.