France: Thousands celebrate victory over scratched NDDL airport project

11 февраля 2018 г. 1:03

Thousands of environmental activists gathered on a field in Notre-Dame-des-Landes on Saturday, where they celebrated the French government's decision to abandon the plans to build a new airport in the west of the country. Celebrating their long-sought political victory, activists symbolically set a giant wooden plane afire. The campaigners had been protesting the project for nearly a decade. They were living on the land earmarked for the airport, calling it ZAD — Zone a Defendre — and describing themselves as the «resistant.» In January, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that France would put an end to a half-century-old project. «This is a logical decision, considering the dead-end where this project has found itself,» he said. According to reports, the French government opted instead to expand an existing airport in Nantes.

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