Nantes campaigners set off by bike and tractor on 400km journey to get to Paris by 12th
Date added: November 7, 2011
The protestors against a new airport at Nantes have set of on their week long, 400 km ride by bicycle and tractor to Paris for a rally on Saturday 12th. This is a key part of their campaign against the building of a new airport, on a greenfield site. The campaigners argue that the airport is not needed, does not make economic sense, and will do great damage both to the local environment, and by increasing carbon emissions.
Today the campaigners against the proposed ‘Nantes International’ airport in SW France set out on their 400km bike/tractor ride to bring their fight to Paris. Some British campaigners, including John Stewart, will be joining them at a big rally in Paris on Saturday 12th November.
There is an interesting 25 minute debate, on French TV (in French) on 4th November, about the postulated economic benefits of building a new airport at Nantes. This can be seen at
On n’a pas tout dit
On connaît les arguments écologiques, environnementaux,
et même sécuritaires de ce transfert de l’aéroport Nantes Atlantique…
On connaît moins les arguments économiques.
Cet aéroport est-il un projet économiquement viable ?
Combien ça coûte ? Et combien ça peut rapporter, en terme de développement économique et d’emploi ?
On en parle avec promoteurs du projet, opposant et journaliste spécialisé dans ce domaine.
One knows the ecological, environmental, and even security arguments of this transfer of Atlantic the Nantes airport… We know less about the economic arguments. Is this airport a project economically viable? How much does that cost? And how much can that pay, in term of economic development and employment? This programme discusses the issue with promoters of the project, opponent and a specialized journalist in this field. .
and an item (a translation from French) from July below:
Nantes, France: Truncheon beatings on the Rollfield
Thursday, July 28 2011
Today at the airport Nantes Atlantique, the opponents to the construction of the airport of Notre-Dame-des-Landes met up for a peacefully protest at the terminal. They wanted to raise their voice against the construction of the second airport in Nantes.
Protesters supported by a brigade of clown activist ( within children) came peacefully in the Terminal 1 by singing and shouting slogans. When the protesters moved in Terminal 3, the CRS violently taken on them. One person was beaten up to the ground and got seriously injured. She got a baton on her throat leading to a incapabilité to breath and 3 rips broken. Another person had his skull open by batons. The both were taken to hospital. Five others were arrested, even tho injured, we don’t know if they will receive medical help. One of them was immediately referred to the prosecution.
When the state has no arguments anymore to justify a megalomaniac project, they let speak their brutality !
We demand the release of all arrested !
We demand the abandonment of the airport project at Notre-Dame-des-Landes !
Legal team of the autonomous village nog2011 of Notre-Dame-des-Landes.