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French activists offer to host Catalan Government in exile

Activists in France have offered to host a potential Catalan government in exile should the region’s confrontation with Madrid worsens, a local media reported on Monday.

Robert Casanovas, president of the Committee for Self-Determination in North Catalonia, told newsmen that his group had a villa near Perpignan ready to host Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and was looking into renting other properties.

“It’s a matter of being ready in case the situation deteriorates and there are arrests, before the border is closed,’’ Casanovas said.

The Spanish Senate is expected on Oct. 27 to vote on a request from Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to dismiss Puigdemont’s government and hold new regional elections, after the Catalan administration defied court rulings to hold a referendum on independence.

Report says Perpignan and the surrounding Roussillon region are historically Catalan-speaking areas that were ceded to France in the 17th century.

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