Corse-du-Sud
(Southern Corsica)
—  Department  —

Coat of arms
Location of Corse-du-Sud in France
Coordinates: 41°51′N 9°2′E / 41.85, 9.033Coordinates: 41°51′N 9°2′E / 41.85, 9.033
Country France
Region Corsica
Prefecture Ajaccio
Subprefectures Sartène
Government
 • President of the General Council Jean-Jacques Panunzi (UMP)
Area1
 • Total 4,014 km2 (1,550 sq mi)
Population (1999)
 • Total 118,593
 • Rank 99th
 • Density 30/km2 (77/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Department number 2A
Arrondissements 2
Cantons 22
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 composed of the southern part of the island of Corsica.

History[edit | edit source]

The department was formed on 15 September 1975, when the corsican department 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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

The inhabitants of all of Corsica are called Corsicans.

Culture and Politics[edit | edit source]

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.

General Council[edit | edit source]

The President of the General Council is Jean-Jacques Panunzi, who has held the office since 2006.

Party seats
Union for a Popular Movement 11
Miscellaneous Left 4
Miscellaneous Right 4
Left Radical Party 2
style="background-color: Template:Breton Democratic Union/meta/color" | Party of the Corsican Nation 1

Tourism[edit | edit source]

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.

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