Corsican nationalists are putting pressure on French President Emmanuel Macron. They hoped he would grant the island more autonomy and thereby boost the economy. Youth unemployment here runs at around 20 percent. But Macron is dragging his feet.
Emmanuel Macron offered to add a special mention of Corsica in the French constitution. But the nationalists, demanding more autonomy, termed his trip to the Mediterranean island a "missed opportunity."
Ahead of a visit by President Emmanuel Macron, thousands of Corsican nationalists took to the streets calling for more autonomy for the French island. Paris has said previously it is open to changes in its relationship.
French President Macron has arrived on Corsica for a two-day visit aimed at easing tensions between the Mediterranean island and the mainland. Nationalists bolstered by political gains want more autonomy for the region.
The French president has addressed a joint session of parliament in Versailles. Some right- and left-wing lawmakers boycotted the event, criticising his "monarchical" style.
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