France: Corsican nationalists win outright majority

The separatist coalition Pe a Corsica won an outright majority in the second round of regional elections in Corsica on Sunday. There were jubilant scenes outside a polling booth in Bastia as nationalist leaders Gilles Simeoni and Jean-Guy Talamoni were mobbed by supporters. Initial estimates show the governing Pe a Corsica (For Corsica) alliance, made up by pro-autonomy Femu a Corsica (Let's... Еще Make Corsica) and pro-independence Corsica Libera (Free Corsica), will win 56,5% of the votes, far ahead of other rivals. In an interview, Simeoni talked up the possibily of an independent state. “An unprecedented result that has a profound political significance, namely that it expresses the will of a majority of the Corsican people to engage in a present and a future of peace, construction and emancipation.” Pe a Corsica intend to achieve an equal recognition for the Corsican language along with French, acknowledgment of a specific Corsican residency status, and amnesty for convicts they consider to be political prisoners. Early elections were called, only two years after the 2015 territorial elections, as a result of Corsica becoming a single territorial collectivity.

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