Published: Thu, February 08, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Nationalists boycott Macron during Corsica visit

Nationalists boycott Macron during Corsica visit

The nationalists, who cemented their control of Corsica's regional assembly in December elections, have denied any plans to try to take the territory of 330,000 people out of France - at least for the time being.

But the local leaders attended Macron's main policy speech on Tuesday.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Wednesday on BFM television that Macron will visit Washington in late April, on Trump's invitation.

Neither man applauded at the end of the speech, with Simeoni describing the trip later as a "missed opportunity".

Earlier, Talamoni said he would be "dismayed" if Macron "closes the doors" to dialogue.

Macron's trip was being closely watched in France following a recent bid by separatists in the wealthy region of Catalonia to break away from Spain.

The mountainous Mediterranean island of Corsica, birthplace of Napoleon, became part of France in the 18th century after being ruled for centuries by the Republic of Genoa in what is now Italy.

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The politician said that the constitutional amendments related to Corsica's autonomy demands would face opposition in Paris, however, Ajaccio would continue its struggle to gain more rights from the central government.

Responding to the proposed visit, Dogara said, a number of lawmakers would be pleased to listen to the French president.

Their demands include an equal status for the French and Corsican languages, preferential access to the property market for locals and the release of Corsicans jailed for pro-independence violence.

President Emmanuel Macron of France worked at the embassy of his country in Abuja, some years ago.

The killing was the worst in a almost four-decade campaign of attacks on the island, mostly targeting state infrastructure.

"That your child can see his father, that people who are detained in our country can see their family, that's one of the things we will ensure", said Macron.

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