France's President Macron intends to Visit Nigeria - Envoy

France's President Macron intends to Visit Nigeria - Envoy

The ongoing visit of French President Macron to Corsica is "a historic chance" to give momentum to the discussions about autonomy for the island and Corsican officials expect that the French leader would voice proposals on the issue, the president of the Corsica Libera faction in the Corsican legislative body told Sputnik.

Macron in Corsica's capital Ajaccio on Tuesday.

"I'm for that everyone in the republic can express their identity", he said.

Today's visit marks the twentieth anniversary of the assassination of Claude √Črignac, France's top official on the island who was killed during a wave of violence orchestrated by the National Liberation Front of Corsica.

"The President of the Republic could have shown himself to be a capable statesman, anchoring peace, building reconciliation and creating conditions for a calm dialogue taking into account this people's aspirations and interests", said Gilles Simeoni, the head of the regional government. "We consider that it is a missed opportunity", he added. He also ruled out the creation of the status of "Corsican resident".

Thousands of Corsicans Demanded Greater Autonomy from France

He did not comment on calls for an amnesty of prisoners involved in Corsica's violent campaign for independence.

Unlike many in the nearby Spanish region of Catalonia, the French island's leaders aren't seeking full independence - but some believe it's only a matter of time before they do. The historic connection to Italy is a reason why the local language is similar to Italian and the local culture has Italian elements.

Macron hosted Trump in Paris with great pomp in July for the Bastille Day national holiday - when the United States leader was impressed by the huge traditional military parade on the Champs-Elysees.

But the two leaders attended Macron's main policy speech later in the day.

"It's a sad night for Corsica", said Talamoni, saying he was "dismayed by the level of responses" given by Macron.

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