Saturday, October 01, 2005

Corsica- Unrest on the island and on the French mainland over the goverments plans to privatize the ferry service have continued. Youths throwing stones and shooting flare guns clashed with police and an apparent rocket attack ravaged a docked French customs boat on Saturday in Corsica. Early on saturday, there was a large march which the riot police attacked in the melee one officer was hurt. Late Saturday, a huge explosion echoed through the port in the northern town of Bastia, and a gaping entry hole near the helm of the 82-foot customs boat indicated a rocket attack. Beyond Corsica in the southeastern French city of Marseille actions have continued the trade unions have been blocking the airports in solidarity with the corsican unions and they have blocked the oil refineries to shut down the whole country.