French President Emmanuel Macron on September 28 threw his weight behind a status of autonomy for Corsica “within the French Republic”, though warning that any devolved powers for the Mediterranean island must be agreed with the French state and not “against” it.
French President Emmanuel Macron has proposed
"autonomy for Corsica, I am in favor of the specificities of the Corsican insular community being recognized in the Constitution within its own article, that of a historical, linguistic and cultural insular community,” said the head of state in a speech given to the Assembly of Corsica.
Macron demanded that the text to be compromised should not include the demands of "giving official status to Corsican" and "recognising the bond between the island people and their lands through the status of residence", which the far right in France sees as a "red line". In response to the demand to give official status to Corsican, Macron suggested better teaching and dissemination of this language.
Corsica is conquered by France, who had bought the island from the Genoese in 1767. This purchase, an illegitimate act in the eyes of the Corsican Republic, is validated in the Treaty of Versailles of 1768. Island of Corsica, where Napoleon Bonaparte was born, which differs from the mainland with its language and culture and is geographically closer to Italy. The island with a population of 350 thousand, which is considered one of France's 18 regions, has been governed with the status of "special regional integrity", which provides limited autonomy since 2018.
Source: Anadolu Agency