The elected Corsican denounce the firmness of the government on their claims and threaten to interrupt their tour of Paris.
The "natios" took the executive by surprise. Tuesday night, in full tour of Paris to defend their demands for the autonomy of Corsica, Gilles Simeoni, president of the executive of Corsica, and Jean-Guy Talamoni, president of the Assembly of Corsica, envisaged to go home, even canceling their last meeting, envisaged Wednesday, with the president of the National Assembly , François de Rugy. At the Élysée as at Matignon, we did not expect such a rebound.
The elected nationalists had certainly come out of their meeting with Premier Édouard Philippe, Monday, with some questions and a lot of worries. "He refuses and tells us:" I autonomy, I do not know what it is, "says Simeoni, furious. But Gilles Simeoni, leaving Matignon, had said "happy with this first contact" before the cameras. The next day, Tuesday afternoon, they left the Senate with the feeling of not being heard at all. This, even before the first official visit of Emmanuel Macron scheduled for February 6 and 7, they took note of a "political stalemate".
A few days before their stay in Paris, the nationalist elected officials feared such a scenario, calling on the contrary to the most open negotiations possible with the state, "without taboos or prerequisites."
In reality, it is a tweet broadcast Tuesday, late afternoon, which recorded the anger of the two elected Corsican. "After our talks yesterday and today, our conviction is made: the state refuses to recognize and take into account the political dimension of the Corsican question. In these conditions, we call in the coming days to the holding of a big popular demonstration, "Simeoni and Talamoni wrote simultaneously.
"We are being led, purely and simply, to the slaughterhouse. We can not accept it, "confided a little later to Figaro Gilles Simeoni. The grievances of the nationalists are numerous. Pointing out all the "blunders" of the government, they believe that the executive wants to "exclude from the dialogue all that is fundamental". They think in particular about the question of autonomy, the co-officiality of the Corsican language, the status of resident, to political prisoners and the notion of Corsican people. "In fine, it is limited to a simple technical discussion on a constitutional revision that will affect all areas of common law," says Simeoni, denouncing a "maneuver" intended in his view not to recognize the "political dimension" of their election.
The Senate Speaker Gerard Larcher seems at this stage just as inflexible. In a statement released Tuesday night, he reaffirms a firm position. "If the insular specificity of Corsica and its identity must be taken into consideration, the Republic is one and indivisible", he writes, while emphasizing the will of the Senate to be "guarantor of national unity and initiator of freedoms" news to our territories. "
"A political crisis"
By calling for the organization of a large mobilization in Corsica, before the head of state's displacement and in the wake of their electoral success, nationalists are betting on popular pressure to bend the executive. "We have no other space. We are in a political crisis because we are asked to give up everything, "regrets the president of the executive, measuring perfectly the scope of such a mobilization whose date is not yet finalized.
Impatient to return to Corsica to report on the missed appointments, the "natios" were resolved to continue the fight on another ground. "I think they did not understand who we are. Neither the size of the vote nor where we come from historically. We will not be the men of renunciation, "warns Gilles Simeoni.
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