Incident Summary:

8/7/2000: Five unidentified assailants opened fire in a targeted attack on Le Piscine bar in L'Ile-Rousse, upper Corsica, France. Jean-Michel Rossi and his bodyguard, Jean-Claude Fratacci, were shot dead in the attack and a bartender was injured. Rossi was former member of Corsica's nationalist Cuncolta Naziunalista party and the right hand of it's leader, Francois Santoni. Rossi and Santoni had just published a book that denounced the party. Authorities are not certain whether the attack was politically motivated or instigated by the criminal underworld.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:


L'Ile Rousse

Location Details:
Le Piscine bar in L'Ile-Rousse, upper Corsica

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Jean-Michel Rossi and his bodyguard, Jean-Claude Fratacci, as well as a bartender
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Machine guns
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information Sources speculate that the attack may have been a criminal underworld killing and, therefore, not a terrorist event. However, this has not been confirmed.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Former nationalist leader gunned down in Corsica," Agence France-Presse, August 7, 2000.
"Noted Corsican nationalist killed in gunfight," Associated Press, August 7, 2000.
Adam Sage, "Killings in Corsica threaten peace plan," The Times, August 8, 2000.