Corse-du-Sud (French pronunciation: [kɔʁs.dy.syd]; Corsican: Corsica suttana, English: Southern Corsica) 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).
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Location of Corse-du-Sud in France
|Coordinates: 41°51′N 9°2′E|
|• President of the Departemental Council||Pierre-Jean Luciani (DVD)|
|• Total||4,014 km2 (1,550 sq mi)|
|• Density||37/km2 (96/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2|
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 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.
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 naked, needle-like rocks.
- Morgane Rubetti (1 December 2017). "Corse : cinq questions pour comprendre les élections territoriales". Le Figaro. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
- (in French) General Council website
- (in English) Corse-du-Sud at Curlie
- (in French) University of Corsica website