He referred to recent opinion polls, which showed that at least two thirds of Corsicans support the idea of holding a referendum on the independence of Corsica, which France annexed back in 1768.
Ironically, one third of Frenchmen also call for Corsica to leave their country, Bushell said, adding that Corsica has the highest level of violence in Western Europe, according to some estimates.
Advocating an independent state on this Mediterranean island is the National Liberation Front of Corsica (NLFC), a militant group that is seen by Paris as a terrorist organization. In 2014, the NLFC announced the definitive cessation of its armed struggle.
Corsican nationalists won the Island's French regional elections in December 2015, adding further to Corsica's push for independence, Bushell said.
The flag of Corsica is just a black guy's head, FYI. pic.twitter.com/Fs66yfmBsc— Guy Branum (@guybranum) 10 июля 2015
At the time, the Pe a Corsica (For Corsica) bloc gained more than 35 percent of the votes in the second round of polls, giving it 24 of the 51 seats in the local authority council. The Pe a Corsica's main demands include giving the Corsican language official status, a special tax regime for local residents and amnesty for political prisoners.
He was echoed by a Corsican who spoke to RT on the condition of anonymity. "Corsican people are being systematically destroyed. About 5,000 people, mostly French, come to Corsica annually to but land there. Only 23 percent of our students study our language. The country's authorities continue to frenchify Corsica, and our culture goes into oblivion," he said.