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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.


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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