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Corsican nationalist leader Gilles Simeoni answers media questions after a meeting in Paris, France, Jan. 18, 2016 (AP photo by Thibault Camus).

Will a Nationalist Triumph in Corsica Lead to More Autonomy From France?

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

On Dec. 10, a coalition of nationalist parties on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica swept elections for the regional assembly, defeating traditional parties and French President Emmanuel Macron’s new centrist movement. Immediately after their victory, the nationalists called for talks with Paris over more autonomy. In an email interview, Andre Fazi, a lecturer in political science at the University of Corsica, discusses the roots of Corsican nationalism and the implications of the nationalists’ electoral triumph both for the island and for France.

WPR: What are the main driving forces behind nationalism in Corsica, and how have they evolved in recent years, in terms of demands and responses from the central government in Paris? ...

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