According to AFP, a meeting which was to bring together the government and Corsican elected officials on April 8 has been postponed. This announcement comes after Emmanuel Macron deemed the violence that occurred on April 3 in Corsica “unacceptable”
The meeting planned for April 8 in Paris between Corsican elected officials and the government on the institutional future of the island has been postponed due to the violence that occurred on April 3 during the demonstration in support of the family of Yvan Colonna, according to AFP who quotes the entourage of Gérald Darmanin.
The entourage of the Minister of the Interior explained that “the conditions for a normalized dialogue were hardly met”. A letter to this effect was sent to Gilles Simeoni, autonomist president of the executive council of Corsica, it was added.
The announcement of this postponement comes after President-candidate Emmanuel Macron deemed the violence that occurred on April 3 in Corsica “unacceptable” and assured that there would be “no discussion [sans] return to the previous order”. This meeting of April 8 in Paris had been announced by Gilles Simeoni but never confirmed by the Ministry of the Interior.
On April 3, a demonstration for Yvan Colonna, convicted of the murder of prefect Claude Erignac and fatally attacked in prison by another detainee last month, degenerated into violent clashes in Ajaccio. Gilles Simeoni participated in this event. Other violence between demonstrators and law enforcement has also been reported in Bastia.
“Over the past two weeks, 43 actions or demonstrations have taken place, almost all of them interspersed with violent outbursts, in the presence of elected officials who are nevertheless supposed to participate in the discussions planned in Paris”, argued Gérald Darmanin’s entourage.
“In total, nearly 60 injured, both among the police and protesters, who have not been the subject of any public condemnation,” added the same source. “These events are unacceptable both for democracy, which cannot be complacent towards violence, and for the Corsicans themselves who disapprove of these events,” she continued.
During his visit to Corsica, from March 16 to 18, shortly after the death of Yvan Colonna, the Minister of the Interior undertook to open negotiations “from the first week of April [sur] all Corsican issues, [dont] the institutional evolution towards a status of autonomy remains to be clarified”. He had also promised the “prompt rapprochement in Corsica, in the coming weeks”, of Pierre Alessandri and Alain Ferrandi, the last members of the “Erignac commando” still imprisoned.
The two men, imprisoned in Poissy (Yvelines), signed their transfer order to Borgo prison on April 1.