Photo: Stéphanie Colonna & Emmanuel Macron in Ajaccio (Credit: Vilaweb)
By Vilaweb Staff Writers
February 7th, 2018
‘My children haven’t seen see their father for a year and a half. He is not an animal, he is a human being,” said the wife of Yvan Colonna, to the French president, Emmanuel Macron, whilst he was visiting Corsica. ‘Please, President do something,’ she asked. Colonna is serving a sentence of life in prison in Arles, having been accused of having murdered the prefect of southern Corsica, Claude Erignac, in 1998.
La femme d’Yvan Colonna interpelle Emmanuel Macron : “Mon fils n’a pas vu son père depuis un an et demi” pic.twitter.com/yWPohg5agk
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Stéphanie Colonna approached Macron at the exist of the Museum of Fine Arts in Ajaccio. They shook hands and talked for about four minutes in front of the cameras which followed the French president. Colonna asserted she was not asking for her husband to be pardonned, but rather that he be treated humanely and fairly. Macron stated he was committed to doing so. ‘I trust you, thanks for listening to me’, Stéphanie Colonna concluded.
Macron visited Corsica two months after the landslide electoral victory of the nationalists, who control two thirds of the parliament. In their political roadmap, there is a demand for greater autonomy, as well as several demands relating to the location and treatment of Corsican prisoners.