Corse-du-Sud

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Corse-du-Sud
(Southern Corsica)
Department
Coat of arms of Corse-du-Sud (Southern Corsica)
Coat of arms
Location of Corse-du-Sud in France
Location of Corse-du-Sud in France
Coordinates: 41°51′N 9°2′E / 41.850°N 9.033°E / 41.850; 9.033Coordinates: 41°51′N 9°2′E / 41.850°N 9.033°E / 41.850; 9.033
Country France
Region Corsica
Former prefecture Ajaccio
Subprefectures Sartène
Government
 • President of the Departemental Council Pierre-Jean Luciani (DVD)
Area1
 • Total 4,014 km2 (1,550 sq mi)
Population (2013)
 • Total 149,234
 • Rank 96th
 • Density 37/km2 (96/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Department number 2A
Arrondissements 2
Cantons 11
Communes 124
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Corse-du-Sud (French pronunciation: ​[kɔʁs.dy.syd]; Corsican: Corsica suttana) (English: South Corsica) is a former department of France consisting of the southern part of the island of Corsica. It and the other Corsican department, Haute-Corse, decided to merge with each other and the single collectivity of Corsica effective 1 January 2018, coinciding with territorial elections[1] The people living in Corse-du-Sud are called "Southerners" (Suttanacci).

History and politics[edit]

Map of Corse-du-Sud

The department was formed on 15 September 1975, when the single department of Corsica was divided into Haute-Corse and Corse-du-Sud. Its boundaries corresponded to the former department of Liamone, which existed from 1793 to 1811.

On 6 February 1998, Corse-du-Sud's prefect Claude Érignac was assassinated in Ajaccio. The Corsican nationalist Yvan Colonna was eventually convicted of the crime.

On 6 July 2003 a referendum rejected increased autonomy by a small majority, with 50.98 percent voting against and 49.02 percent for. This was a major setback for the French Minister of the Interior, Nicolas Sarkozy, who had hoped to use Corsica as the first step in his decentralization programme.

Geography[edit]

The department was surrounded on three sides by the Mediterranean Sea and on the north by the department of Haute-Corse. The entire island of Corsica is mountainous with many beautiful beaches.

Tourism[edit]

The former department enjoys the mild and hot climate of Mediterranean Islands, and therefore attracts a lot of tourists. Its perhaps largest tourist attraction is the city of Bonifacio, part of which is built upon a huge cliff. But inside mountains are beautiful as well, especially the Aiguilles de Bavella, some naked, needle-like rocks.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Morgane Rubetti (1 December 2017). "Corse : cinq questions pour comprendre les élections territoriales". Le Figaro. Retrieved 2 December 2017.

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