Corsica’s FLNC-22 (National Liberation Front of Corsica), has released a statement to Corsica’s daily Corse Matin newspaper, saying it will retaliate against any extremist attacks on the island.

The FLNC (Fronte di Liberazione Naziunale Corsu) is an armed group that advocates independence of the Mediterranean island of Corsica – separate from the French state.

During the early 2000s, the FLNC in Corsica had been divided into the FLNC-UC, the FLNC-1976, and the FLNC-22 October.

In its statement, the FLNC-22 urged Muslims to unite, and asked its community leaders to “take a stand against radical Islam” and “alert us to any excesses you notice among disillusioned youths inclined towards extremism”.