Corsica holiday homes bombed

2012-12-08 16:33
One of the houses destroyed in a series of at least 24 attacks aimed at secondary residences across the island. (Pascal Pochard-Casabianca, AFP)

One of the houses destroyed in a series of at least 24 attacks aimed at secondary residences across the island. (Pascal Pochard-Casabianca, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Paris - A man was killed and bombs caused damage to around 20 holiday homes in a spate of overnight violence in Corsica ahead of the French Mediterranean island's national identity day on Saturday.

Corsica has long been dogged by bloodshed linked to demands for independence from France as well as feuding criminal gangs.

The latest violence came two weeks after Interior Minister Manuel Valls and Justice Minister Christiane Taubira visited from Paris to promise increased resources to improve security.

Investigative sources said a 32-year-old man who claimed to be a member of the National Front for the Liberation of Corsica (FLNC) was arrested in the town of Calvi on Friday, just before the violence erupted, when explosives were found in his car.

A 32-year-old man was shot dead in his car in Calvi during the violence. He had been under police surveillance after being released from prison, police officials said.

About 20 holiday homes, unoccupied at the time, were damaged or destroyed by bomb explosions.

Since the start of the year there have been 55 politically motivated attacks and 19 killings on the island, including two high-profile figures - lawyer Antoine Sollacaro and local official Jacques Nacer.

Read more on:    france

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Amazing solar inventions!

Solar power is lighting up the world, and not just on rooftops anymore.



Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa
China's air pollution at doomsday levels

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

There is a tendency to get too caught up in group dynamics and high expectations and ideals, that your own personal needs more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.