I have a new obsession: Corsican protest music.
Wait! I know. It sounds a little ridiculous. But just listen to this song:
Now imagine thousands of men and women—dishwashers and cleaning ladies and plumbers—walking down the Champs Elysees in Paris and singing this together.
Why? Basically, the island of Corsica is an island off of France that belongs to France, and there was a big push for independence in the 80’s and 90’s (which continues today, but with less singing). For a more in depth treatment of the history of the situation, you can check out this relatively detailed article, but here’s a simple version:
When French colonialism became less of a force, it left a lot of Corsicans without work, and the island started to fall apart economically. This started a big regionalistic movement, in which Corsicans really began to push for recognition of their unique culture and language, both of which were jeopardized by the economic situation.