Airport: Prime Minister Edouard Philippe Surprise Visit to Notre-Dame-des-Landes

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French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe makes a surprise visit to Notre-Dame-des-Landes

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced Saturday he was at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, to “see and hear”.Before a decision expected by the end of January.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced Saturday on Twitter that he was at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, to “see and hear” when he has completed on Friday a week of consultations at Matignon on the draft Nantes airport , before a very sensitive decision expected by the end of January.

“Watch and listen. At Notre-Dame-des-Landes, “tweeted the Prime Minister, with three pictures, including one showing to the village hall and talk with Mayor Jean-Paul Naud .

The Government gave no information before the visit, which comes after a Paris meeting between Prime Minister and the airport Joint Union Grand West elected grouping of the 20 communities involved in the transfer project from Nantes airport in the groves of Notre-Dame-des-Landes.

Pro- “NDDL”, the group chaired by the Socialist Philippe Grosvalet includes the Socialist Mayor of Nantes Johanna Rolland and former president of the Loire Valley, the patron of senators LR Bruno Retailleau.

For his part, Mr. Naud opposed the airport project, and calls for the ZAD become a “protected agriculture zone”, as he explained in particular Telegram of Brest .

A report presents two options

January 4, the Prime Minister has successively met with top elected officials (parliamentarians, mayors, presidents of county councils …) in Loire-Atlantique, Ille-et-Vilaine, Morbihan, the Maine-et-Loire, Mayenne and Vendée , which were able to express their position one last time, in the new context of the conclusions of the three mediators appointed by Edouard Philippe.

The latter concluded that the construction of Notre-Dame-des-Landes and expansion of the current Nantes-Atlantique airport were two options “reasonably foreseeable” and put in the saddle the second possibility, long dismissed as the five-year Holland .

The vast majority of elected officials agreed to demand expulsion of Zad , although some, like the member LREM Matthew Orphan, suggest not lead to “violent evacuation” and to launch a project of “sustainable agriculture and biodiversity “which evokes the experience of Larzac.

However, members of the airport joint association presented their arguments to try to take the final green light from the Executive in a fifties project which they said “no alternative” and whose abandonment would be “a non-decision “trampling the local referendum in 2016.

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