Tour de la Francophonie: La Corse

Land of Freedom

In French
Friday 21 January

Join Philippe Legris for a presentation of his native island of Corsica, and what makes its history so incredibly inspiring.

Corsica, "l'île de beauté - the Isle of Beauty -" is one of the 18 administrative regions of France. It lies in the Mediterranean Sea, southeast of the French mainland, west of the Italian Peninsula and immediately north of the Italian island of Sardinia. 

Corsica today is known far and wide for its dramatic mountain ranges and the pristine waters that will surely take your breath away.  What is less known is that the Collectivité Territoriale de Corse, as it’s officially known, also boasts an incredibly rich history, showcased by the various ancient buildings that pepper the towns and the winding cobbled streets. 


Interestingly, a little know fact about France’s fiery outpost is that it was home to the first written constitution, dating back to 1755, and thus preceding the American Constitution by over 3 decades.


Philippe Legris was born and raised in Marseille, the “largest city of Corsica, “ as the locals call it.  His Corsican roots go back to the 18th century on his father’s side, and the 17th century on his mother’s side.  Because of Corsica's historical ties to Tuscany, many Corsican surnames sound Italian. In Philippe’s case, however,  his ancestor was sent to the island by Louis XV,  as part of a military expedition to secure French rule over Corsica, after the island was sold to France by the Republic of Genoa. Felix Legris then landed in Calvi and never went back to the mainland.  Philippe moved to Raleigh with his family in 2018 to work as Director for D&C North America, a division of Lyon based company Descours et Cabaud. Philippe also acts as President of the French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Carolinas.

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