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Corcyre ([kɔʁ.kɔʁ], archaic French for "Corfu", Greek: Κέρκυρα, Kerkyra) was one of three short-lived French departments of Greece. It came into existence after Napoleon's conquest in 1797 of the Republic of Venice, when Venetian Greek possessions such as the Ionian islands fell to the French Directory. It consisted of the island of Kerkyra (Corfu), and its prefecture was in the City of Corfu. The island was lost to Russia after the Siege of Corfu (1798–1799) and the department was officially disbanded in 1802. During the renewed French control in 1807–1814, the department was not re-established, the constitutional form of the former Septinsular Republic being kept.

Department of Corcyre

Département de Corcyre
Flag of Corcyre
The three departments of Greece
The three departments of Greece
StatusDepartment of the French First Republic
39°42′N 19°47′E / 39.70°N 19.79°E / 39.70; 19.79
Official languagesFrench
Common languagesGreek
• Commissioners
Louis Chicoilet de Corbigny
Jean Briche
Historical eraFrench Revolutionary Wars
18 October 1797
18 November 1798
• De facto end of the department
3 March 1799
• De jure end of the department
25 March 1802
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Venetian rule in the Ionian Islands
Septinsular Republic
Pashalik of Yanina
Today part of



The Commissioner of the Directory was the highest state representative in the department.

Term start Term end Office holder
18 October 1797 ?? May 1798 Louis Antoine Ange Chicoilet de Corbigny
?? May 1798 3 March 1799 Jean Briche

See alsoEdit


  • Lacroix, Louis (1853). Les Îles de la Grèce [The Islands of Greece] (in French). Firmin Didot. p. 638.
  • Pauthier, G. (1863). Les Îles Ioniennes pendant l'occupation française et le protectorat anglais [The Ionian Islands during the French occupation and the British protectorate] (in French). Paris: Benjamin Duprat.
  • Bellaire, J.P. (1805). Précis des opérations générales de la Division française du Levant [Precis of the general operations of the French division in the Levant] (in French). Paris: Magimel & Humbert.