The National Liberation Front of Corsica (FLNC) today claimed responsibility for the twenty explosions against some buildings on the island which occurred over the last two nights. In a note sent to the newspaper Corse-Matin, the Front says it does not want “a common destiny with France”: “A Francia Fora” (France out), we read in the four-line text. The explosions hit secondary residences and villas under construction in both the north and south of the island. This new “nuit bleue” (an expression that indicates simultaneous attacks that hit different targets in the space of a single night) comes ten days after the visit of President Macron who offered Corsica “autonomy within the Republic”, while warning that this “historic moment” would not take place “without” or “against” the French state.
The arson attacks
For almost two years, Corsica has been experiencing a resurgence of arson attacks and explosions, mainly against second homes, often accompanied by nationalist slogans. These explosions have often been claimed, some by the FLNC, others by the GCC (Ghjuventù Clandestine Corsa), a clandestine youth movement. In a press release from early August, the FLNC called for the creation of a “patriotic resistance platform” in the face of the “disproportionate colonization of settlements” and the “process of destruction of the Corsican people.” Since the beginning of the year, the National Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Office has opened 50 investigations “related to arson or acts of destruction of various types” in Corsica. There were 22 in 2022, three in 2021 and four in 2020. As of the same date, the counter-terrorism unit of the Paris court was responsible for 14 judicial investigations related to Corsican terrorism, he added. The last “blue night” of this type dates back to the night between 9 and 10 March 2019, when a total of seven homes were damaged.