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French island votes for new council with nationalists on the rise

Europe
03.12.2017
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Paris (dpa) - Voters on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica began casting their ballots for a new regional assembly on Sunday, with Corsican nationalists in favour of autonomy teaming up with hardline independence supporters to present a joint list in the poll.

All eyes were on the nationalist movement, which was facing off against supporters of centrist President Emmanuel Macron, two rival centre-right lists and radical leftists.

If none of the lists wins a majority of the votes, a second round of voting to fill the Assembly of Corsica‘s 63 seats will take place in a week‘s time.

The nationalists have led the outgoing assembly since 2015. They also won three of the island‘s four seats in elections to France‘s National Assembly in June.

The new assembly will for the first time take over all regional government functions in Corsica. The island‘s regional administration is to be merged with its two departments to form a single administrative entity.

 

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