Gérald Darmanin receives Gilles Simeoni and around forty Corsican elected officials this Tuesday in Beauvau

The president of the Corsican executive added that the “tete-a-tete” which must take place this Tuesday with the Minister of the Interior “[vise] to take stock of the overall political situation”.

Gérald Darmanin will receive this Tuesday noon at the Ministry of the Interior the president of the Corsican executive Gilles Simeoni then around forty parliamentarians and mayors from the island of Beauty, as part of the mayors’ lounge.

“This is an informal meeting, not a political one”, insists from the same source, a month and a half after the postponement of a visit by the Minister of the Interior to Corsica as part of a cycle consultations on the future of the island.

The autonomist president of the executive council of Corsica, Gilles Simeoni, said Monday evening in a press release that he had two meetings scheduled for Tuesday in Paris, one with Gérald Darmanin and the other with the president of the National Assembly, Yaël Braun-Pivet.

“Recreating the conditions” for “mutual trust”

The principle of the meeting with the Minister of the Interior had “been stopped immediately after the judgment rendered on September 29 by the Paris Sentence Enforcement Chamber concerning the refusal of conditional release of Pierre Alessandri”, underlined Gilles Simeoni.

Pierre Alessandri, 64, was sentenced to life in 2003 for the assassination of the prefect of Corsica Claude Erignac and has been released since 2017.

The refusal of his conditional release had aroused the “indignation” of the elected members of the Assembly of Corsica who had called on the government to “recreate the conditions” of “mutual trust” to continue the dialogue between the State and the representatives islanders on the future of Corsica.

In the absence of conditions for “a serene debate”, Gérald Darmanin had immediately postponed a trip planned for the beginning of October during which he was to discuss the issue of waste and energy, in the presence of the Minister for Ecological Transition and Territorial cohesion Christophe Béchu.

The interior minister, who pledged in March to discuss the island’s future until potential autonomy, set up a strategic committee in July, four months after the deadly attack in prison of the Corsican independence activist Yvan Colonna, a member of the Erignac commando sentenced to life imprisonment, which had sparked violent demonstrations on the island.

This consultation cycle must be spread over a year, with one meeting every six weeks.

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