Corsica: Autonomist party ‘determined’ to continue talks with government

Corsica: Autonomist party ‘determined’ to continue talks with government

The autonomous party Femu a Corsica, the majority in the Corsican assembly, on Sunday reiterated “its determination” to continue the dialogue with the government on the future of the island, despite the refusal to adjust the sentence for Pierre Alessandri, convicted of murder, by the prefect erignac

The Paris Court of Appeal on Thursday rejected a request for parole from Mr Alessandri, 64, who was sentenced to life in prison in 2003 for the assassination of the prefect of Corsica Claude Erignac and has been released since 2017.

The same day, the elected members of the Corsican Assembly expressed their “outrage” in a joint statement. The next day, a prisoner defense association called on officials elected to suspend talks with the government, announced by the pro-independence party Core in Fronte, a minority in the Corsican Assembly.

Femu a Corsica, the autonomist party of Gilles Simeoni, President of the Corsican Executive, reiterated in a press release on Sunday “its determination to make the ongoing discussion process with Paris a success”, but condemned “the logic of revenge” that motivates, according to Information provided by the party the court decision.

This poses “a great risk to the discussion process,” the party added, after which it is “urgent to restore the conditions for dialogue and trust.”

Ten days after the Paris Court of Appeal confirmed the conditional release of two former members of the now-defunct Basque separatist organization ETA, the Corsican Autonomous Party called on elected officials, unions and Corsican associations to “support the release” of Pierre Alessandri and called on the government , acknowledging that, in his view, the decision regarding the ETA was “entirely transposable to the situation in Corsica”.

For its part, the League for Human Rights (LDH), speaking in a tribune, regretted the announced decision and called on the state to allow “the political dimension of the Corsican question to be addressed in peaceful conditions”.

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, who in July initiated a cycle of meetings with Corsican elected officials on the future of the island, including institutional ones, is expected in Corsica on Thursday and Friday.


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