Gilles Simeoni: “There is a risk that Corsica will become nothing more than a pretext”

Gilles Simeoni: “There is a risk that Corsica will become nothing more than a pretext”
Gilles Simeoni: “There is a risk that Corsica will become nothing more than a pretext”

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1. A meeting between Emmanuel Macron and Gilles Simeoni in the pipeline

2. Gilles Simeoni: “There is a risk that Corsica will become nothing more than a pretext”

Do you confirm that you are awaiting an interview at the Élysée?

I told the Head of State that I was impatiently hoping for a double meeting. One-on-one, then with a delegation of elected officials. Because it is the president who will set the pace.

What topics will you focus on?

Institutional evolution, of course. And, beyond that, Corsica more generally, in a very uncertain context. We understood that there would be no referral to Parliament before September. The objective is for us to officially confirm this timetable and to specify what we are going to do during this time, which must be a useful time. Important steps are ahead of us. The key is meetings which do not depend on the process stricto sensu, but remain markers: the discussion on the allocation of territorial continuity, the health file, the Europeans, the Games, the social start with the budgetary discussion . And in this hullabaloo, we must identify a marked route to the island.

How will you work?

This involves preparing the constitutional revision process by interacting with the Senate and the National Assembly. There is some decryption to be done. At the same time, we must tackle organic law.

Your method?

It will consist of trying to agree on a framework, including the fiscal and financial budget pact, by bringing together all the island’s active forces. Our ambition is to be in a logic of co-construction at a minimum and not faced with a unilateral proposal.

Paris must say under which banner the presidential majority wants to campaign

Are you taking control again?

That’s the idea. We do not want to repeat the operating procedure of constitutional writing where a project was submitted to us while we worked on the margins.

Your concerns?

I am driven by the unwavering desire to succeed, which does not exclude being lucid about the difficulties. We must convince three-fifths of the national representation to take the path of autonomy and a political solution. There is complex pedagogical work at the base, further reinforced by the presence of external hazards which can shake up everything. With the risk that Corsica will become nothing more than a pretext in the national public debate, if it hardens.

On the European side, are we asking you?

At this point, I think I had a clear attitude. My job is to question the candidates on their vision of the island’s place in Europe and on the status of autonomy. All this, while the government and the head of state have not clarified the situation. I too am waiting for guarantees. We must be assured that what we are fighting for is indeed constitutional writing. Paris must say under which banner the presidential majority wants to campaign.

A give and take?

Not really, the Europeans weren’t in the starting package anyway. Once again, what we are looking for are signals. Autonomy, legislative power, resident status, language, prisoners, on all of this, there are signs to send. The vote of nationalist voters will be motivated by an unambiguous positioning in favor of the elements that are considered essential for the right level of commitment to be present. There are still fifteen days ahead of us. It is up to the government and the State to assert their position.

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