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France has scrapped a controversial project to build an airport


It has finally been announced, by Edouard Philippe (Prime Minister of France) that the proposed new airport for Nantes, at Notre-Dame-des-Landes (NDDL), has been abandoned. The Prime Minister has also announced an expansion of the airport of Rennes-Saint-Jacques and a development of high-speed rail lines between the West and Paris airports. Battle lines drawn over new airport for Nantes Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said it was impossible to continue with the plans given the "climate of bitter opposition between two sides of the population that are nearly equal in size. Up to 300 squatters eco-warriors to some, green jihadis to others now live in the ZAD: officially the Zone d'amenagement differe (zone for future development), renamed by protesters as the Zone a defendre (zone to defend.La ZAD is Europe's largest political squat in terms of area. " For the squatters, the airport plan and the methods various governments have used to defend it have become symbolic of everything a generation of politically, economically and ecologically militant millennials despise: inequality, capitalism, globalisation, the destruction of the environment, intensive farming and, above all, the rise of the individual over society and the collective.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42723146

http://www.airportwatch.org.uk/european-airports/nantes-international-airport-not-yet-built/nantes-airport-news/


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