Napoleon Bonaparte had Corsican nationalist sympathies as a young cadet at the Military College of Brienne near Paris.
Macron’s first visit to the island as French president marks the twentieth anniversary since the assassination of French Prefect Claude Erignac, who was shot dead 20 years ago by a pro-independence activist Yvan Colonna. As a tribute, the president attended a ceremony honoring the slain politician before holding talks with nationalist leaders, Gilles Simeoni and Jean-Guy Talamoni.
“Corsica, a proud and dignified land, has been sullied by this crime,” Macron said. “What took place here on February 6, 1998 can’t be justified, can’t be pleaded, can’t be explained. A man was killed because he served the Republic.”
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
France (FR) is estimated to have a population of 66.8 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 0.5% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 1.7 million.