French official gunned down on island of Corsica

24th March 2014, Comments 0 comments

A regional official on France's Mediterranean island of Corsica was shot dead Sunday after supporting his daughter's bid for election to a municipal post, law enforcement sources said.

Jean Leccia, a 53-year-old government services director, was killed at the wheel of his car in the town of Aleria by two assailants on a motorbike who fled the scene.

He had been returning from another town where his daughter was standing for a local council seat in French municipal elections.

A local prosecutor inspected the crime scene, around which a police security cordon had been established.

Murders occur regularly on Corsica, where a nationalist movement seeking independence from mainland France has long targeted symbols of French authority. Criminal score-settling is also common.

Sunday's killing was the second murder this year. Last year, there were 17 murders and 14 attempted murders.

© 2014 AFP

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