National Liberation Front of Corsica
Fronte di liberazione naziunale di a Corsica
Front de libération nationale corse
Dates of operationc. 1976 – active
Active regionsCorsica, France
French mainland
IdeologyCorsican nationalism
Anti-Imperialism
Anti-Colonialism
Marxism
Opponents

The National Liberation Front of Corsica (Corsican: Fronte di liberazione naziunale di a Corsica or Fronte di liberazione naziunale corsu; French: Front de libération nationale corse, abbreviated FLNC) was a militant group that advocates an independent state on the island of Corsica, separate from France. The organisation was primarily present in Corsica and less so on the French mainland. A Conculta Naziunalista was often considered to be the political wing of the organisation.[1]

Typical militant acts by the FLNC were bombings aimed at public buildings, banks, tourist infrastructures, military buildings and other perceived French symbols, in addition to aggravated assault against civilians, armed bank robbery, and extortion against private enterprises through so-called "revolutionary taxes". The attacks were usually performed against buildings and the island's infrastructures, but it was also not uncommon for the FLNC to have individual people as targets, such as Claude Érignac who was killed in 1998.

A road sign near Bastìa with the non-Corsican French place names defaced, signed by the National Liberation Front of Corsica (FLNC).
A road sign near Bastìa with the non-Corsican French place names defaced, signed by the National Liberation Front of Corsica (FLNC).

History

Foundation and objectives

The FLNC was created from a merger of Ghjustizia Paolina and the Fronte Paesanu Corsu di Liberazione, the two largest Corsican armed organizations. It was an offshoot of the political party A Cuncolta Independentista which had members in the Corsican Assembly and some support among the locals.

The FLNC carried out its first attacks on the night of 4 May 1976 with 21 bombs exploding in Ajaccio, Bastia, Sartène, Porto-Vecchio and other Corsican towns.[2] The majority of the targets were public buildings and offices of estate agents. On 5 May the FLNC formally announced its existence when it issued a bilingual manifesto which also claimed responsibility for the previous night's attacks.

The manifesto contained six demands:[3]

2014 to present

In 2014,[4] the organisation announced the cessation of its armed struggle, which they confirmed again in 2016.[5] Nevertheless, a number of minor splinter groups have so far emerged and are still active.[6][7][8] The FLNC warned in 2016 that any attacks on Corsica by ISIL will be met with swift retaliation.[9]

Armed campaign

See also: Corsican conflict

Notes

  1. ^ Paris tightens grip on Corsican warlords, The Independent, 1 February 1997.
  2. ^ Ramsay, p. 118
  3. ^ Ramsay pgs. 118–119
  4. ^ "Corsican separatists to end military campaign".
  5. ^ "Corse: le FLNC dépose les armes".
  6. ^ http://www.corsematin.com/ta/vescovato/205162/corse-deux-membres-d-un-flnc-unifie-revendiquent-l-attentat, Two members of a unified FLNC claimed the attack, Corse Matin, 10 August 2009
  7. ^ "Un nouveau groupe clandestin revendique des attentats en Corse".
  8. ^ "Un groupe clandestin revendique la série d'attentats en Corse".
  9. ^ "Corsican nationalists warn jihadists of tough response - BBC News".

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