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Corsican mayor shot dead

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Police in Corsica are investigating the murder of the mayor of a village, shot dead as he climbed the stairs to his apartment on Sunday night. He is the fifth elected official to be assassinated on the French Mediterranean island since 1990.

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The wife and two children of 63-year-old Dominique Domarchi found him dead after being awoken by shots at 1.20 am.

Domarchi was mayor of Saint-André-de-Cotone, near the town of Bastia, and an adviser to MP and regional official Paul Giaccobi. He had been attending a reception after Sunday’s cantonal election.

In January he was questioned, but not charged, in a corruption investigation.

Police say that is “just one element in the inquiry”.

Corsica, which has an armed separatist movement, is also the homeland of some of France’s best-known gangsters.

The other Corsican politicians who have been murderer are:

  • Charles Grossetti, mayor of Grosseto-Prugna and regional councillor, shot with a machine gun in September 1990;
  • Paul Mariani, mayor of Soveria, killed in front of his home in December 1990;
  • Jean-François Filippi, mayor of Lucciana and chairman of Bastia football club, shot as he left his home in December 1994;
  • Robert Felicciaggi, mayor of Pila-Canale, associate of former French interior minister Charles Pasqua and owner of several casinos in Africa, shot in the carpark of Ajaccio airport.
     

 

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