Corsican separatists bomb 19 homes
A NUMBER of properties were bombed on Corsica on Friday night as second homes were targeted by a group calling for independence for the island.
The timing of the attacks was symbolic, as Saturday, December 8 is seen by some as a Corsican national day, with it being the Catholic feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Also a man was shot dead in his car, making him the 20th murder victim this year, and another man was arrested in Calvi for possession of explosives, although it was not immediately clear if the later bombings were linked to his case.
Gangland killings and violence have blighted the island with the French interior minister, Manuel Valls, promising a crackdown, but fear and a code of silence are proving difficult to break down.