The French government has moved a step closer to giving autonomy to this Mediterranean island that has been ruled by France since 1768. The French National Assembly passed a bill to allow Corsica to have a say in how French laws are adapted to serve the island, and the Corsican language will be added to the school curriculum. The bill must still be approved by the Constitutional Council to become law, but its passage should go a long way toward eliminating the bombings that have plagued the island the last three decades. Such bombings are usually targeted at French banks and other official interests and are usually timed to avoid harming people, but there have been 17 such attacks in the last few months.