Annoyed at the delay in calling Gen. De Gaulle to take over France, several hundred?
Annoyed at the delay in calling Gen. De Gaulle to take over France, several hundred students from the Bastia State Secondary School marched in protest to their school buildings, shouting "Long live De Gaulle", "Algeria is French".
When news came through of De Gaulle's appointment the whole island of Corsica broke into cheers. Troops, members of the Committee of Public Safety and thousands of the population paraded in the streets of Bastia and Ajaccio, singing the "Marseillaise" and chanting "De Gaulle, De Gaulle."
Col. Thomazo and other members of the Corsican Public Safety Committee met at the Ajaccio town hall for discussions on the island's administration, during the week-end; with them were the President of the Society of Corsicans in Algeria, Col. Silvani, and the vice-President, M. Andros. Afterwards they joined M. Arrighi--the Assembly Deputy who recently had his parliamentary immunity withdrawn by the Pflialin Government, because of his activities in organising the take over of Corsica a week and a half ago-- and marched with the jubilant demonstrators who were showing their loyalty and admiration for Gen. De Gaulle.
Mingled with the shouting, cheering and singing were the shrieking horns of motorists. Corsica was welcoming De Gaulle as Premier.
At about the same time the first ship to reach Corsica, since the severance of communications after the military coup dropped anchor in Bastia harbour, to the cheers of several hundred spectators.