French campaigners against a huge new airport at Nantes to hold rally for cycles and tractors in Paris on 12th November
West France will be travelling by bicycle and tractor to Paris – leaving Nantes
on 6th November and arriving in Paris on 12th November where there will be a big
for the rally in Paris.
that the campaigners can win.
“We hope that campaigners from all over Europe can join them for the rally in
Paris. Let’s make this an international rally against airport expansion. We
stopped a new runway at Heathrow. If we can stop a new airport in France as well,
it will make it more and more difficult for the aviation industry to expand anywhere
in Europe. Join us!”
Everyone in Paris on November 12 for the arrival of the Tractor-Bike (Approximate
translation from French)
translation from French)
(NDL), near Nantes will be travelling to Paris by tractors and bicycles, starting
on Sunday 6 to Saturday, and arriving in Paris on 12th November 2011. This is
to challenge national French decision-makers, and influence negotiations between
parties that are sure to occur for the 2012 Presidential. Campaigners will denounce
once more the aberration of the project on the grounds of financial conditions,
economic, social and environmental harm. We will leave Notre Dame des-Landes Sunday,
November 6th at 9 am. We pass by Cande and Sable, near Le Mans, Chartres and
Versailles, Boulogne and finally arrive in Paris on Saturday, November 12th at
noon. We will have traveled 400 km, so this means travelling a long distance each
day. This bike ride is a continuation of the rally held earlier, the
2000 ha of arable lands of the woodlands that have exceptional biodiversity. The
project dates from the Sixties, for Concorde, and the reasons given for need for
its construction changed much with the passing of years and against arguments
of the opponents.
airport of the Nantes-Atlantic and that the context does not support the growth
of the air travel sector. But the State with the support of the town councilors
and regional PS and UMP allotted construction and the concession for 55 years
of this airport to the Vinci group.
the need for this new construction is not proven and no improvement or expansion of
the existing airport was studied…
building project, the necessary environmental, archaeological, etc, studies take
place with deployment of troops an increasing police violence.
places of symbolic Nantes imrportance, to denounce the arable land being lost
and public money that would be wasted.
for this project and the inhabitants (old and new) want to continue to live there.
2009. It currently joins together nearly 1000 elected various political families,
who will be in Paris on arrival of the participants in the tracto-bicycle. A collective
of airline pilots also accompanies us in our combat.
a locally-based agriculture of high quality, helping towards food sovereignty
of the project and carried by the faith in a productivism worthy of the Seventies,
but the current international airport of Nantes Atlantique is able to meet the
present and future needs
scarcity of oil resources and the necessary reduction in production of greenhouse
schools, creches, hospitals, public transport…
consider alternative solutions recommended by associations
collectives and political movements, representing several tens of thousands of
people, called at 3 days of gathering on the threatened site, on July 8th to 10th,
2011, around the topics Climat/Énergies, arable Lands/Food sovereignty and Social
justice, a gathering at which nearly 15.000 people joined together to fight against
this project – which has became national, even European, issue.
Plans have been made for a regional tour in November with tractors and the bicycles,
like the one which had taken place in March 2010 the day before the regional elections.