Corsica is considered one of the regions of France, but by law it is a territorial collective. Because Corsica has more is not officially a state of France, they have more freedoms and less laws than mainland France. Most people though, call Corsica a region of France but I noticed that in all the text books, it is listed as other areas of France, most a part of the regular France. Like American Samoa or Puerto Rico.
Corsica, was a part of Italy for a very long time, but then for a short amount of time they were an independent nation during the 1700's. They had their own constitution, plus letting women vote a long time before even America let women vote. Sadly for the Corsicans, they were taken over by France in the late 1700's and still remain a territory under France.
Also, Corsica has some cultural differences that make it different than France. They have their own language on the island , called Corsican. Corsican (the language) is a lot like Italian. Like "ci vole à dà una nittata à a to cammare" During elementary and middle school, kids have to take a Corsican class to know some of the language and keep up the tradition. Plus, around half the people that live in Corsica, speak Corsican at home.
There are many Corsican songs, that are in all Corsican and mostly have theme of liberty for Corsica. I have never actually heard a Corsican song that wasn't about liberty for Corsica. Except for the Corsican national anthem. Yes Corsica has their own national anthem, Dio vi salvi Regina. Here is a link to the Corsican National Anthem http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EDXgUducfo Some people in Corsica have this tattooed onto their arms or backs to represent the resistance towards France. And many people do not know the words to the Marseillaise, my host sister could only sing the Corsican national anthem and not the French.
Corsica also has their own flag, shown below. At the police station was the only place I would see the French flag, but there was a Corsican flag also. The Corsican flag is everywhere, at restaurants, schools, shops, many houses, and on signs.
Speaking of the signs, the second picture below shows how most of the locals, scratch out the French so just the Corsican is showing. This is another sign of resistance and pro-independents in Corsica. I would say about 60% of the signs in Corsica are like this, and it is a lot worse in the mountains.
Now that Francois Hollande, a socialist, is the president of France,(though the French don't want him either) even more Corsicans want to become independent again, and the tensions are rising with Corsican Nationalists and the French government. Maybe some day in the near future, Corsica will be independent again.
i vole à dà unci vole à dà una nittata à a to cammare
a fgdfdfdnittata à a to caàmmare