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
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 CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
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 department of France consisting of the southern part of the island of Corsica. The two Corsican departmental councils merged on 1 January 2018 with the single collectivity of Corsica, with territorial elections coinciding with the dissolution of the separate councils.[1]

History

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

The department hit the head-lines at the end of the twentieth century with the assassination at Ajaccio of the prefect Claude Érignac on 6 February 1998.

Map of Corse-du-Sud

Geography

The department is 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.

Demographics

The people living in this subregion are called "Southerners" (Suttanacci).

Culture and politics

Corsicans are a fiercely independent people. However, on 6 July 2003 a referendum rejected increased autonomy by a very small majority, with 50.98 percent of those voting being 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.

Tourism

South Corsica enjoys the mild and hot climate of Mediterranean Islands, and therefore attracts a lot of tourists. Its gem 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.

See also

References

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

External links

  • (in French) General Council website
  • (in English) Corse-du-Sud at Curlie (based on DMOZ)
  • (in French) University of Corsica website



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