Corse-du-Sud

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Corse-du-Sud

Corsica suttana / Pumonte  (Corsican) / Pumonti  (Corsican)

Southern Corsica
Pumonte
Coat of arms of Corse-du-Sud
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
CountryFrance
RegionCorsica
PrefectureAjaccio
SubprefecturesSartène
Government
 • President of the Departemental CouncilJean-Pierre Luciani
Area
 • Total4,014 km2 (1,550 sq mi)
Population
 (2017)
 • Total157,249
 • Rank96th
 • Density39/km2 (100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Department number2A
Arrondissements2
Cantons11
Communes124
^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] (About this soundlisten); Corsican: Corsica suttana [ˈkorsiga sutˈtana], Pumonte [puˈmɔntɛ][a] or Pumonti [puˈmɔnti]; English: Southern Corsica) is (as of 2019) an administrative department of France, consisting of the southern part of the island of Corsica. The corresponding departmental territorial collectivity merged with that of Haute-Corse on 1 January 2018, forming the single territorial collectivity of Corsica, with territorial elections coinciding with the dissolution of the separate council.[1] However, even though its administrative powers were ceded to the new territorial collectivity, it continues to remain an administrative department in its own right. The people living in Corse-du-Sud are called Suttanacci.

History[edit]

Map of Corse-du-Sud

The department was formed on 1 January 1976, 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.

On 1 January 2018, Corse-du-Sud's administrative powers were abandoned and were ceded to the new territorial collectivity of Corsica.[1]

Politics[edit]

Current National Assembly representatives[edit]

Constituency Member[2] Party
Corse-du-Sud's 1st constituency Jean-Jacques Ferrara The Republicans
Corse-du-Sud's 2nd constituency Paul-André Colombani Pè a Corsica

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.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Also Italian: [puˈmonte].

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Morgane Rubetti (1 December 2017). "Corse : cinq questions pour comprendre les élections territoriales". Le Figaro. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  2. ^ http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/

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