|Savoy, one of the oldest nations in Europe, was annexed by France, in 1860, through an annexation treaty. France has not respected the conditions of the treaty, particularly with regard to neutrality and the free-trade area. The Savoy League was created in 1994 and, in less than one year, became the major political movement in Savoy. The league has restored the history of Savoy to its people and built-up its support on its ability to demonstrate invalidity of the 1860 annexation treaty.|
Through our website we would like to offer you the opportunity to :
|better appreciate our country, Savoy, its history, its geography, its economy, its population.|
|better understand the aims of the Savoy League and the reasons why it wishes to see an independent Savoy. The 1860 annexation followed a dubious referendum when the people of Savoy were only given the option of either becoming part of France or remaining on the periphery of the newly born Italian State. The population was never offered the option of independence or the opportunity to join the Swiss confederation. Furthermore, since 1860, two of the main conditions of the annexation treaty namely, neutrality and the maintenance of a free-trade area, have not been respected and therefore render this treaty invalid. This small presentation outlines the major aims of the Savoy League. It is also possible to discover our Savoy Federation Constitution Project .|
|To read the Savoy News : on-line information includes the contents of the "Echo de Savoie" magazine and links to other Savoy and European websites.|
|to reach the Savoy League boutique .|
|to contact us (wherever you are) or to join the Savoy League.|
Far from being a utopian dream, the rebirth of Savoy as a independent State is just the natural conclusion of a long historical and political journey . Independence will allow Savoy to start walking again as a free European State, to rebuild a country with an improved democratic basis, to rediscover a prosperity based on European economic and cultural opportunities, after one thousand years of commercial, artistic and scientific activity. Much more than purely separatism the independence process can represent a model for other Europeans, to reach beyond centralised states which, at the dawn of a new millenium, act as obstacles against democratic expression and international exchange.
After a long absence, our country, Savoy, is re-emerging :
By the 31st September 1999, the league had more than 4 500 members and a further 60,000 sympathisers had also joined the campaign.
In the regional elections of 1998 (The first election to be contested by the The Savoy League). The League obtained 6.1 % of the votes in Northern Savoy and 4.8 % in Southern Savoy, to which, 3.7 % for the regionalists of the "Mouvement Savoie" can also be added.
It can be seen from the results of the 1998 regional
elections that the independence of Savoy is making considerable headway in
the population as a whole and is more than the dream of just a few
activists. A BVA survey carried out for the Rhône-Alpes Objectifs
magazine (July-September 1998), showed that
that 28 % of the Rhône-Alpes population is in favour of an
You too can join us : click here to know more about membership of the Savoy League and to get a membership application form.
|Survey Question||CSA survey (1)||IFOP survey (2)|
|YES : 66 %|
|Would you like to see an independent Savoy (This was the first time this question had been asked in a survey )?||YES : 23 %
NO : 74 %
|YES : 19 %
NO : 80 %
|Would you like to see the creation of a Savoy Region?||YES : 41 %
NO : 57 %
|YES : 55 %
NO : 43 %
|Would you like to see a referendum for the creation of a Savoy region ?||YES : 64 %
NO : 34 %
|Your point of view about the Savoy League (SL) :|
|I'll vote for SL||7 %|
|I don't exclude voting for SL||8 %|
|I will not vote for SL, but I share many of its ideas||27 %|
|TOTAL : 42 %|
Survey carried out on
the 14th August 2000, and published on the 31st August 2000 in the
following newspapers, "le Messager", "l'Essor Savoyard"
and "La Savoie".
(2) Survey carried out on the 30th August 2000 and published on the 23rd September 2000 by "Objectifs Rhône-Alpes".
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Last update : 15/03/02