Macron Plans Nigeria Visit, to Address Senators, Reps

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The President of France, Mr. Emmanuel Macron, will address a joint session of the National Assembly during his official visit to Nigeria in July.

In December, Corsican nationalists swept the election for a new regional assembly, crushing Macron's young centrist movement and traditional parties.

But, speaking on a podium flanked by the French and European Union flags and not the Corsican one, Macron also said the Corsican language would not be given official status and added that local authorities would not be allowed to veto property purchases by non-residents.

Unlike many in the nearby Spanish region of Catalonia, the French island's leaders aren't seeking full independence - but some believe it's only a matter of time before they do.

"Though Macron is now implementing a reform that will allow regions to adjust the general law to make it more applicable for their specific needs, Corsica would like to go even further by having a special provision added to the French constitution based on Article 74, which is dedicated to French overseas territories, the lawmaker explained".

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President Macron has interest in the future and development of Nigeria, he said.

But the two leaders attended Macron's main policy speech later in the day.

But he also dismissed a plea for special residency status for Corsicans giving them advantages over mainlanders, who are blamed for high property prices due to the buoyant market in holiday homes.

Macron began his visit with a tribute to Claude Erignac, the state's top representative on the island who was assassinated 20 years ago in an attack that shocked the country.

Earlier, Talamoni said he would be "dismayed" if Macron "closes the doors" to dialogue.

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"For us what Macron says will not be the end, we have our lawmakers in Paris".

The mountainous island has enjoyed stability since 2014 when the separatist National Liberation Front of Corsica (FLNC) called a ceasefire.

The killing was the worst in a almost four-decade campaign of attacks on the island, mostly targeting state infrastructure.

The wife of Colonna, jailed for killing Erignac, stopped Macron in the street late in the afternoon, saying their six-year-old son had not seen his father for a year and a half.

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