Visit At the beginning of October, the minister had postponed his visit because, according to him, the conditions for “a calm debate” were not met at the time
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Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, in Paris on November 14, 2022. — T . Samson/Sipa
Gérald Darmanin will resume his trips to Corsica. The Minister of the Interior will visit the beginning of December, he announced. Tuesday, during a meeting with elected officials from the island as part of the congress of mayors and a month and a half after the postponement of his on-site visit.
This visit, a priori scheduled for December 8 and 9, will not take place within the framework of the current cycle of consultations on the future of Corsica, clarified her entourage. The topic of the meetings that will take place on site has not yet been determined. defined.
A promise of discussions on potential autonomy
In early October, Gérald Darmanin was to travel to Corsica to discuss the issue of waste and energy, in the presence of the Minister for Ecological Transition and Cohesion territories Christophe Béchu, before renouncing it for lack of conditions for “a serene debate”. A few days earlier, the elected representatives of the Assembly of Corsica had expressed their their “indignation” after the rejection by the Paris Court of Appeal of yet another request for semi-freedom; of Pierre Alessandri, 64, convicted; to perpetuity in 2003 for the assassination of the prefect of Corsica Claude Erignac and released since 2017.
The Minister of the Interior, who was committed to in March at discuss the future of the island until potential autonomy, set up a committee in July; strategic, four months after the fatal attack in prison of the Corsican independence activist Yvan Colonna. The deadly attack on Colonna, another member of the Erignac commando convicted to perpetuity, had aroused violent demonstrations on the island. This cycle of consultations must be spread over one year, at reason for one meeting every six weeks.