If several candidates deplore the context of violence that pushes the government to position itself for autonomy, most agree with this principle. Only Eric Zemmour and Marine Le Pen are against.
In a sluggish campaign, the situation in Corsica provides food for thought for presidential candidates. As Gérald Darmanin travels to the island in the coming hours after days of tension, notably due to the violent attack on Yvan Colonna in Arles prison, the Interior Minister estimated this Wednesday on BFMTV-RMC that it is “the time” to continue with autonomy.
• Valérie Pécresse accuses Emmanuel Macron of “indulging in violence” and offers “give and take”
“We have a president who is visibly desperate and giving in to violence, as he did in Notre-Dame-des-Landes. (…) It’s not healthy. We need to put order in Corsica before we start negotiations,” he said. the Republicans’ candidate this Wednesday at France inter.
The demonstration organized in Bastia on Sunday, March 13, turned into a “riot”, according to the Bastia prosecutor, with a final toll of 93 injured, including 70 members of the police.
However, the representative of the right seems to agree with Gérald Darmanin on the substance. “It will be a matter of give and take (…). Autonomy, yes of course, but with performance indicators, results for the Corsicans”, she assured.
• Yannick Jadot wants “full autonomy”
The environmental candidate wants to respond to the requirements of elected autonomous bodies.
“We have been defending the idea of full autonomy, full exercise in Corsica for months,” Yannick Jadot said on France 2 on Wednesday morning.
However, the MEP regrets the context in which these negotiations will take place. “What’s terrible is that it takes a drama, as usual with this five-year term, to begin to see solutions,” said the elected official.
• Anne Hidalgo calls for “legislative autonomy”
The representative of the socialists calls for “towards an autonomy that is legislative and that we remain in the Republic”, this Wednesday on Europe 1.
She argued for “a right to experiment, a right to action that corresponds to the realities of the territories”. “And that, I think, can be done without harming the Republic,” she added.
The mayor of Paris also took a stern look at the management of the situation in Corsica, seeing in it “an unmanaged crisis” and “a desire to transcend the presidential elections with a minister of the interior explaining to us that we are embarking on a long process of autonomy”.
• Jean-Luc Mélenchon wants the same status as for French Polynesia
Without reacting specifically to Gérald Darmanin’s words, the candidate of La France insoumise has already discussed the Corsican question at length on several occasions.
“We must recognize the right to autonomy for this island territory (…). I agree that Article 74 of the Constitution, which is already the status of French Polynesia, should be applied to Corsica if she so requests,” stated the deputy of Bouches-du-Rhône in Political questions about France info / France inter /The world last December 12.
• Marine Le Pen wants Corsica to “stay French”
The National Rally candidate closes the door to any evolution of Corsica’s status.
“From the assassination of a prefect to the promise of autonomy, could there be a more catastrophic message? I refuse that Emmanuel Macron’s cynical clientelism violates the integrity of French territory: Corsica must remain French,” the MP tweeted for Pas- de-Calais.
• Eric Zemmour wants the Corsicans to “rediscover the taste of French”
The Reconquest candidate denounced “political maneuvering”, ruling that “like all French, Corsicans want to live freely and proudly on the land of their ancestors”, on his Twitter account.
He spoke extensively on the subject during an eventful trip to Ajaccio last October.
“Corsican nationalism is not a disease. It is a symptom of a France that no longer lives up to the expectations of the Corsicans. Nationalism will disappear by itself when France becomes great again,” the former journalist stated during his speech on the island, adding that “The Corsicans wanted to rediscover the taste of French.”
Gilles Simeoni, the president of the Executive Council of Corsica, for his part called on BFMTV on Wednesday that “the debate on autonomy” is not “taken hostage by the presidential elections”.