“I want to live in my native Corsica, not in France,” Joseph Silvest, a fisherman in the Ajaccio settlement of the island of Corsica, told Report.

“I am trying to protect my Corsica. I want our language to continue to exist. May my children and grandchildren feel happy as I felt in my childhood. What we want is to be able to preserve our own national traditions. They are trying to Europeanize us, which can only be possible if we preserve our national values,” the fisherman said.

According to him, external influences on the island should be reduced: “I am in favor of autonomy for Corsica. I want to live in my native Corsica, not in France.”

“We have been occupied. Corsica must be independent,” Skint Olivier, another fisherman in the settlement, said.