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Lionel Baland
Lionel Baland

Location: Belgium

Specialization: Euroscepticism, Patriotic parties of Europe

Manipulation Around an Uprising in Corsica

How do politicians and media react to an uncommon uprising in response to an attack against the firefighters and policemen?

Corsica is famous not only for its beauty but also for its fierce political troubles. In the homeland of Napoleon, the French State has a lot of problems when it tries to manage the different political trends because part of the political forces of the Isle of Beauty have the habit of using violence to solve their problems. Nevertheless, in the continental part of France, this violent political Corsican custom is uncommon and the people have the habit of solving issues using acceptable ways.

In addition, Corsica is part of the low income areas in France where people, mainly descendants of immigrants, make trouble and refuse to respect the rules and laws of the Republics. These people have the habit, in these areas, to put a building or a car on fire to attract the firemen and policemen with the goal of attacking them because they represent the state. On Christmas night, in a low income area in Ajaccio, the regional capital city of Corsica, two firefighters who intervened to extinguish a fire in a housing project, fell into an ambush and were injured along with a policeman. The assailants, hooded youths, using iron bars, golf clubs, different projectiles and burning tools, shouted “dirty Corsican.”

On Christmas day, 150 people gathered in the front of the police headquarters in Ajaccio showing their support for the policemen and firemen. Some of them left and went in the direction of the area where the attack took place. Finally, they were more than 500 people in the area shouting in French “This is our home!” and in Corsican “Arabi Fora” (Arabs get out!). Some smashed the glass door of a Muslim prayer room (there are no mosques in Corsica) and went inside, plundering it and partially burning books, among them copies of the Koran, and throwing fifty prayer books out on the street.

The people’s reaction in Ajaccio is a big surprise and totally uncommon in France because the rules in continental France are to avoid reacting and to stay passive and afraid of young people from  low income neighborhoods, mainly immigrants. But the Corsicans are apparently in this case too not the same as other inhabitants of France.

Reactions of the System

The mainstream media representing the system wrote and spoke about this topic but totally forgot to mention the first event (at the beginning, the press didn’t speak about the attack against the two firefighters and the policeman or spoke a very little about it) and spoke almost only about the demonstration around the Muslim prayer room. Henceforth, the Muslim immigrants are the victims and fifty prayer books thrown out on the street are more important than an ambush against the firefighters and the police.

If the Corsican politicians reacted after the attack against the firefighters, the politicians of the continental part of France, for example the socialist First Minister Manuel Valls or the socialist Minister of the Interior Bernard Cazeneuve, didn’t react after the ambush but only after the trouble in the Muslim prayer room. They denounced both events. However, some politicians, for example the new center-right president of the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) Christian Estrosi or the leader of the socialist party Jean-Christophe Cambadélis, spoke only about the events at the Muslim prayer room.

An Awakening

Maybe the politicians and the media representing the system are starting to view with concern that there is a possibility of people reacting to problems, such as lack of safety, identity or illegal immigration, which the state doesn’t try to solve. The situation is the same in the Netherlands where a part of the population demonstrates against centers for asylum seekers or in Dresden in Germany with the Monday rallies of PEGIDA against the islamisation of the West.

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