Fire at Corsican assembly while occupied by nationalists

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Fire broke out Saturday in the Corsica regional Assembly building while it was occupied by several hundred nationalists

   AJACCIO, France, January 13, 2008  - A fire broke out Saturday in the
Corsica regional Assembly building while it was occupied by several hundred
nationalists protesting alleged repression by the government of the French
Mediterranean island.
   The fire broke out on the top floor of the four-storey building in the
offices of the president of the island's executive council late in the
evening, but it was rapidly put out by firefighters.
   French Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie expressed her indignation
over the incident, which prosecutors said they were investigating as arson.
   "There is no doubt about the criminal origin of this fire. The
investigation will allow us to determine those responsible for it during an
illegal demonstration," said an official from the prosecutors office.
   In the island's northern city of Bastia a small device exploded Saturday
evening causing light damage to a military office, security officials said.
   Corsica has been plagued by more than 30 years of low-level violence waged
by separatists opposed to French rule.
AFP

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