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    Things are beginning to settle down in Corsica. Communications between the island and the mainland?

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    Background: Things are beginning to settle down in Corsica. Communications between the island and the mainland have been reopened. In paris M. Bonnefous, Minister of Public Works, informed a delegation of Corsican deputies that "he was favourable to the re-establishment of relations with Corsica and Algeria.: As a first step, he said, he had decided to allow the departure of two passenger ships. It was later learned that a cargo ship carrying emergency food supplies had sailed from Marseilles to Corsica and that a second vessel was due to leave soon. This was welcome news for Corsicans who had been watching the steady drain of food reserves on the island to almost starvation level.

    In Sartenne, as in other main centres of the island, paratroops were in evidence today. In this sequestered coast town everything pointed to a return to normalcy. But the troops were ready for action should the need arise. With few exceptions, the Corsicans are solidly behind General de Gaulle.

    Paratroop officers command the situation here and keep the local inhabitants up to date with declarations from General Salan in Algeria, Committees of Public Safety are now in being everywhere.

    In Ajaccio today the story was the same, with planes flying overhead in a gesture of thanks to the population for their cooperation with the military in bring off the de Gaulle coup.

    Fishermen tend their nets and boats in their time-honoured fashion, with the paratroop military friendly but watchful.

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