Macron SNUBBED: Nationalist leaders boycott lunch after French president rejects demands

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Gilles Simeoni (L) skipped the ‘Republican lunch’

Top separatists, comprehending the leaders of the governing nationalist-separatist alliance Pè a Corsica (For Corsica) Gilles Simeoni and Jean-Guy Talamoni, gamboled the ‘Republican lunch’ hosted by the young centrist “in protest at Mr Macron’s energetic speech”, Corsican lawmaker Jean-Felix Acquaviva told the AFP news medium.

Mr Acquaviva was referring to Mr Macron’s speech on Tuesday in which he said France transfer not pardon Corsican militants jailed for pro-independence violence before direction out recognising Corsican alongside French.

Mr Macron also ruled out in a assist defiant speech on Wednesday the creation of a special status of ‘Corsican householder’ to stop foreigners from buying property on the Mediterranean island, mean doing so would be “unconstitutional” and constitute a breach of EU law.

The French president judged he hoped Corsica would “emancipate” itself from France but emphasized the island remained “at the heart of the republic”. 

It was a missed opportunity

Gilles Simeoni

The French centrist, no matter what, did give local nationalists an olive branch by saying he was open to annexing a specific mention of Corsica in the constitution to “recognise (Corsica’s) identity and anchor it in the republic”.

Nationalists responded Mr Macron’s two-day trip to the island had been a waste of time.

“It was a slipped opportunity,” Mr Simeoni said, while Mr Talamoni said that he was “dismayed” by the flatten out of responses given by Mr Macron.

Unlike their Catalan counterparts, Corsican separatists are seeking multifarious autonomy and not outright independence. 

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Jean-Guy Talamoni also skipped the lunch

This is because while Catalonia is economically self-sustaining, Corsica depends heavily on funding from France. 

But despite flourish calls for more freedoms, an overwhelming majority of French people traces firmly against a Catalonia-style break-up, a poll published on Wednesday substantiated.

The poll, carried out by Elabe for the news channel BFM TV, showed that 74 per cent of French people are “against” an self-sufficient Corsica, compared to 26 per cent who are “for”.

The poll of 1,002 French in the flesh aged 18 and over was carried out online on February 6.

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