Corsica

Macron to visit Corsica amid calls for greater autonomy

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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

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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

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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

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

Corsica wildfires still active

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Forest fires which have already destroyed 2,000 hectares on the French Mediterranean island since Friday were still burning on Sunday.

Thousands evacuated after wildfire on France's Mediterranean coast

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Authorities in the Côte d’Azur region moved people out of tents, campsites and holiday homes around the hilltop town of Bormes-les-Mimosas.

France appeals to EU neighbours over Riviera and Corsica fires

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It has requested two additional Canadair water bombers to add to the 19 aircraft currently battling the flames.

France tackles forest fires on Riviera and in Corsica

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Hundreds of homes were evacuated as a precaution as the island of Corsica, the town of Carros near Nice and Saint-Tropez were badly hit.  

Bastia fans attack Lyon players forcing abandon of Ligue 1 tie

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Fans from Corsican side Bastia twice invaded the pitch during the League 1 match against Lyon, when a steward was suspected of joining a group who attacked the visiting players, forcing the match to be delayed and finally abandoned. 

Clashes at French far-right leader Le Pen rally in Corsica

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Incident led to removal of more than a dozen people and the evacuation of a hall in Ajaccio after a demonstration against her presence on island.

Corsica 'beach brawl' defendants sentenced

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Five men were handed jail terms, suspended for four of them, over the racially-charged August incident which pitched three brothers of Moroccan origin against members of a local village angered by their attempt to block off a beach.

Court upholds burkini ban after beach brawl in Corsica

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Move to uphold ban 'on security grounds' is first such ruling since France's highest administrative court overturned another ban on the swimsuit.

Corsican mayor bans burkinis after beach brawl

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The mayor of Sisco, close to Bastia, announced the measure amid what he called a 'powder-keg' situation between Muslims and non-Muslims on the island.

Hollande condemns attack on Muslim prayer hall in Corsica

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President's comments came after one of the largest prayer halls in French island's capital Ajaccio suffered major damage in a fire.

Halal butcher shop in Corsica sprayed with bullets

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Incident, in which no one was hurt, came weeks after anti-Arab protests that were sparked by ambush of firefighters and police officer.