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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
Country France
Region Corsica
Area
 • Total 4,014 km2 (1,550 sq mi)
Population (2013)
 • Total 149,234
 • Rank 96th
 • Density 37.178/km2 (96.292/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Department number 2A
Arrondissements 2
Cantons 11
Communes 124
French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Corse-du-Sud is still as of 2019 an administrative department of France consisting of the southern part of the island of Corsica. The corresponding departmental territorial collectivity merged with that of Haute-Corse on 1 January 2018, forming the single territorial collectivity of Corsica, coinciding with territorial elections The people living in Corse-du-Sud are called "Southerners" (Suttanacci).

History

Corse-du-Sud department relief location map
Map of Corse-du-Sud

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

On 6 February 1998, Corse-du-Sud's prefect Claude Érignac was assassinated in Ajaccio. The Corsican nationalist Yvan Colonna was eventually convicted of the crime.

On 6 July 2003 a referendum rejected increased autonomy by a small majority, with 50.98 percent voting 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.

Geography

The department was 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.

Tourism

The former department enjoys the mild and hot climate of Mediterranean Islands, and therefore attracts a lot of tourists. Its perhaps largest tourist attraction 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 needle-like rocks.

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