The Island Adventure - part 3
Sue Iverson-Taylor. The Island Adventure - part 3
Corsica and Sardina
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A Little Bit About Corsica…
Corsica is an island in the Mediterranean Sea belonging to France. It is located west of Italy, southeast of the French mainland and north of the Italian island of Sardinia. Mountains make up two-thirds of the island. It is 183 kilometres (114 mi) long at longest, 83 kilometres (52 mi) wide at widest, has 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) of coastline and more than 200 beaches.
During the May 1958 crisis, French paratroopers landed on Corsica on 24 May, garrisoning the French island in a bloodless action called "Operation Corse".
Between the late fifties and the seventies tensions grew between the inhabitants and the French government. Rising tension marked the beginning of the armed struggle of the Nationalists against the French government. Ever since, Corsican nationalism has been a feature of the island's politics, with calls for greater autonomy and protection for Corsican culture and the Corsican language and flares of raids and killings, culminating with the assassination of Prefect Claude Érignac in 1998.