The 2012/11/16 at 09:49
“An odious and barbaric act.” This is how the President of the CCIs of France, André Marcon, describes the terrible tragedy striking the French Chamber network on Wednesday evening, 14 November. Jacques Nacer, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ajaccio and Corse-du-Sud (Southern Corsica) was shot to death while closing his clothing store. The assassin, masked during the attack, took flight and remains untraceable for the moment. Jacques Nacer died shortly after the arrival of emergency services. Aged 59, he was also Secretary General of the Athletic Club Ajaccio (ACA), a League 1 football club, as well as a well-known public figure in Corsica.
No specific trails have been released for now, but the Chamber of Commerce has been the centre, for many months, of a legal case with sombre consequences. Jacques Nacer was the successor of Raymond Ceccaldi as President of the Chamber. The latter was sentenced in a case on the rigging of public markets involving the surveillance firm SMS (Société Méditerranéenne de Sécurité), whose head Antoine Nivaggioni, was also assassinated by bullet wound in 2010.
The homicide taking place on Wednesday occurs around one month after the killing of Ajaccio-based lawyer Antoine Sollacaro at a petrol station, a victim also with links to the ACA as he acted as Counsel for the sports club. The file for this new investigation has been transferred to the Specialised Inter-regional Court of Marseille, in charge of organised crime matters.
Manuel Valls et Christiane Taubira, respectively the French Ministers for Internal Affairs and Justice, arrived in Ajaccio in Wednesday night, several hours after the drama. Initially scheduled for the end of November, the visit of the government ministers anticipated the request of Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who is concerned to show the “determination” of the State to fight criminal violence in Corsica. Manuel Valls and Christiane Taubira will namely be holding work meetings with heads of the security forces in Corsica and magistrates.
This tragic death of the Chamber President represents the seventeenth homicide since the start of the year. The number of homicides of this type in Corsica comes to 103 since 2007, making it the most crime-rife territory in Europe, with the figure being particularly high in relation to its 310,000 inhabitants. The government had already announced on 22 October this year its intention to adopt a series of measures aimed at eliminating criminality and organised crime in Corsica, notably by beefing up the fight against money laundering. Last year, 22 assassinations were recorded on this territory, as well as 62 attacks. On this beautiful island, the rate of homicides solved in 2011 barely scrapes past 50 %, compared with the national average of 90.3 %.