After the initial excitement of being taken over by revolutionary forces, the island of Corsica has settled down to its normal rhythm of living.
After the initial excitement of being taken over by revolutionary forces, the island of Corsica has settled down to its normal rhythm of living. Paratroopers stand, incongruously, at strategic points through out the island, armed with rifles and sub-machine guns, defending the land from counter-revolution and enjoying the sun and the girls.
Col. Thomazo, the noseless paratroop officer who acted as Gen. Massu's personal representative in the recent take over of Corsica, heads the island's Committee of Public Safety.
Bastia, one of the towns on the island, is typical, with the inhabitants cheerfully attending to their own business, leaving the local Committee of Public Safety to organise administration and so forth under the guidance of M. Negroni, the Mayor of Bastia. Apart from the paratroop guards, lounging at the prefecture, life is quiet and calm. But wherever you go there are paratroopers sightseeing. A favourite spot is Napoleon's birthplace.
Most important development lately is the arrival of the first ship since the severance of communications with the mainland a week and a half ago. Thousands of people watched the vessel sail into Bastia harbour on Sunday morning, June 1st.. Later in the evening there was a large demonstration by De Gaullists in the town.