the government “ready to go as far as autonomy” of the island

The Minister of the Interior, who will be traveling on the island of Beauty on Wednesday and Thursday, gave an interview to our colleagues from Corse-Matin.

“We are ready to go as far as autonomy” for Corsica, Interior Minister Gérald Darman assured the newspaper on Tuesday evening. Corsica-Martinon the eve of a two-day visit to the island after two weeks of tension surrounding Yvan Colonna’s aggression.

But the precondition for a discussion between Corsican elected officials and the government over Corsica’s future is a return to calm, the minister stressed, according to an extract from an interview with the newspaper published on its website. ci: “There can be no genuine dialogue in a democracy under the pressure of agricultural bombs and the presence or ubiquity of the security forces”.

“We are ready to go as far as autonomy. Then the question is to know what this autonomy is. We have to discuss it,” said the tenant of Place Beauvau in an interview that will appear in full in the newspaper on Wednesday. version of the Corsican newspaper. This institutional issue “will logically come up during President Macron’s second term” if he were re-elected, he specified.

“Autonomy is desired by the vast majority of our compatriots,” Jean-Christophe Angelini replied on Tuesday evening on BFMTV. “I think it’s time we talk about it seriously and calmly,” he added on our antenna.

Part of the State’s “Responsibility” in the Colonna Aggression

In this interview, Gérald Darmanin also acknowledges part of the “responsibility” of the state in the aggression of Yvan Colonna on March 2 in the central house of Arles (Bouches-du-Rhône): “There is a responsibility of the state as a protector of the people under his responsibility, in this case prisoners,” he said, promising to “tell the truth about what happened” to the independence activist in the prison where he was serving a life sentence for his participation in the murder at the Prefect of Erignac in 1998 in Ajaccio.

On Tuesday, with demonstrations in front of the prefectures, Corsican nationalists maintained pressure on the government, in a still explosive context exemplified by a controversy over an alleged bias on the part of the firefighters. But the evening remained relatively calm, with some 300 people gathered in Ajaccio and about 200 in Bastia, where protesters set fire to a pile of wooden pallets outside the prefecture.

Many injured in Bastia on Sunday

Earlier in the day, it was the secretary general of the Union of Police Commissioners (SNCP UNSA), David Le Bars, who set the gunpowder on Cnews, accusing Corsican firefighters of failing to intervene on Sunday to support injured police officers. for ideological reasons.

During this demonstration in Bastia in support of Yvan Colonna, who had gathered thousands of people – 7,000 according to the authorities, 15,000 according to the organizers – the clashes quickly turned into a riot. To the point that 102 were injured, including 77 members of the police, according to the latest report to AFP Tuesday by Bastia prosecutor Arnaud Viornery.

“If you have people on the ground, you make an emergency call to multiple rescue vehicles, only one arrives, after half an hour, and that you have to carry people in car trunks, it’s a refusal to help,” he said. trade unionist. “Saving a police officer or a gendarme is not a pact with the French state. (…) The rest, the politics, must come after,” he insisted.

Waiting for a “real political solution”

The chairman of the board of directors of the fire and rescue services of Haute-Corse, Hyacinthe Vanni, who denounced comments “of extreme seriousness”, indicated that he reserves the right to file a complaint against slander.

The Corsican workers’ union (STC) of firefighters from Corse-du-Sud, close to the nationalist movement, gave in a press release “its full support” to “Corsican society and (to) its young people mobilizing to show the government’s contempt for the Corsican people”.

After two weeks of great tension and violence, the visit of the Minister of the Interior is eagerly awaited by nationalist leaders who are finally waiting for a “real political solution” for Corsica.

Yvan Colonna was still in a coma on Tuesday, in “extremely serious” condition, according to his lawyer Patrice Spinosi. His advisory announced Monday their decision to request a suspension of punishment for the Corsican shepherd, who is still between life and death.