June 26, 2022

A protester in Bastia, Corsica, France, on March 13.AFP Contributor#AFP/AFP/Getty Photos

France’s Inside Minister Gerald Darmanin mentioned on Monday that he would journey to Corsica later this week and maintain talks with native elected officers after violent protests erupted on the weekend, a number of weeks earlier than the presidential election.

Calm should be restored instantly, the minister mentioned in a press release.

Darmanin will head to Corsica on Wednesday and Thursday.

Protesters within the northern Corsican city of Bastia attacked public buildings and threw projectiles at police on Sunday within the newest demonstration over an assault on a jailed nationalist at a mainland French jail.

Colonna, a Corsican shepherd, is serving a life sentence for the 1998 homicide of Claude Erignac, who as prefect of Corsica embodied the ability of the French state on an island with a historical past of separatist violence.

The assault left the Corsican militant in a coma and led to renewed requires nationalist prisoners to be transferred from the French mainland to the island, nearer to their households.

Authorities have lengthy rejected these calls for, saying nationalist prisoners have been particular standing prisoners.

In a bid to ease tensions, Prime Minister Jean Castex final week eliminated this standing for Colonna and two different detainees, members of the so-called “Erignac commando”. However the transfer was seen as too little too late by Colonna’s supporters in Corsica.

French prosecutors have additionally launched a terrorism investigation as Colonna’s attacker was serving a nine-year sentence for planning terrorist assaults.

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