The Sunday Telegraph

French navy mobilised after oil spill off Corsica


French officials were racing Saturday to minimise the environmen­tal impact of an oil spill approachin­g eastern Corsica, with two navy boats armed with clean-up equipment heading to the Mediterran­ean island.

“We fear that part of this pollution will reach the Corsican coast today,” a maritime official told AFP.

Two ships were heading to Corsica from Toulon, in southern France. The heavy-grade oil, which appears to have leaked from a ship, was first detected on Friday. By early yesterday, officials had detected two oil slicks measuring about 19 nautical miles (35km) across.

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