Nantes airport opponents plan 25 km human chain around proposed airport site on 11th May

The opponents of the planned replacement airport for Nantes, at Notre-Dame-des-Landes are planning to make a massive 25km long human chain, on 11th May at 2pm. The chain will surround the ZAD (what they call the Zone á Dèfendre) where the airport is planned, and which the opponents have fought hard to occupy over the past 6 months. It will go along local roads and lanes. The organisers hope to get at least 40,000 people and perhaps 80,000.  The chain will demonstrate the extent of the opposition to this new airport, which is regarded as unnecessary, hugely damaging to the environment and local farming,  a white elephant and economically unjustifiable. Planning has been going on for several months already.


For more information go to the official website of the CH (Chaine Humaine)



The chain will be made at 2pm on the 11th May 2013, on the ZAD (Zone a Defendre).

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45 years our politicians, both left and right, trying to impose a new airport at
Notre Dame des Landes.

Constantly pushed into a corner by the opposition (citizens, farmers, local …), they have, over time, changed their arguments. They first advanced the need to accommodate the Concorde, then the danger flying over the city of Nantes and the next saturation of Nantes-Atlantique airport, the opening of the West and now the restructuring of the city of Nantes. ..

An objective analysis of these arguments * shows how the new airport is a an ABERRATION :

This project is unnecessary , MORE

This project is wasteful of public funds , MORE

This is a project destructive land feeder : LEARN MORE

This is a project that would boost the traffic on the Nantes ring road LEARN MORE

This is a project activity displace South Loire Loire to the north , MORE

This is a project that weaken the activity of Airbus Industrie Bouguenais.




Vidéo de l’AG 25 janvier 2013 Chaine Humaine Citoyenne contre le projet d’aéroport de #nddl. |







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The financing of the new airport project

The airport project is announced for the runways and 12 km of roads  some €572 million. Local authorities have had to contribute, which does not usually happen for a concession. This money would be refunded if the company, Vinci, that owns the airport earns profits above those projected (so only if profits are very high, which is unlikely). The announced budget does not take into account all the related work, and the whole would amount to more than 4 billion euros.

and there is more on the finances at