Travel: Corsica: Associations ask for the limitation of stopovers of cruise ships

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Manifestation à Ajaccio contre les escales des paquebots de croisière, le 10 septembre 2022 © Pascal Pochard-Casabianca demonstration in Ajaccio against the stopovers of cruise liners, on September 10, 2022

of environmental activists asked for the establishment of quotas against The multiplication of cruising and mega-yachts stops in Corsica, demonstrating Saturday before the Corsican Assembly in Ajaccio (Corse-du-Sud), denouncing the pollution generated by these ships.

More than a hundred militants of the Terra coordination, made up in particular of several associations for the defense of the environment and health, brandishing "no to pollution" signs, "living healthy is a fundamental right" or even " Non-assistance to planet in danger, "castigated the growing rotations of these polluting ships around the island.

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Criticizing the use for "recreational purposes" of "large quantities of hydrocarbons, a fossil energy which contributes very largely to climate change", Muriel Segondy, spokesperson for the environmental defense association Le Garde, cited a report by ANSES (the National Health Safety Agency) of July 17, 2019, which "confirms with strong levels of evidence, the effects on health" of cruising stops.

Manifestation à Ajaccio contre les escales des paquebots de croisière, le 10 septembre 2022 © Pascal Pochard-Casabianca demonstration in Ajaccio against the stops of cruising liners, on September 10, 2022

the activist also stresses that "Ajaccio, as in Bastia, the economic justification of advanced cruises is not demonstrated" and That "in all cases, it does not counterbalance the cost of impacts on health, environment and the living environment of the inhabitants".

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Corsica displays the record figure of 473 stops of cruise ships this year, including 227 for the city of Ajaccio alone.

"While inflation is watching us and we are called to the greatest energy sobriety, according to +Yacht CO2 Tracker +, between September 3 and 9, 59 luxury yachts crossed around Corsica, they consumed more A million liters of fuel and produces a total of 2,667 tonnes of CO2, including 719 tonnes of CO2 near the island, "she said.

A petition calling for the ban on cruising boats in Ajaccio in the face of pollution, comparable to actions launched in Marseille and around the Mediterranean, passed the milestone of 26,600 signatories on Wednesday in a city of around 71,000 inhabitants.

The discontent against cruise ships rises throughout the French Mediterranean coast, as was already the case in Spain or Venice (Italy) which prohibited these large liners in its historic center, classified in Unesco.

A European mobilization against mass tourism is scheduled for late September.

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