France: Tensions high as protesters march against eviction of ZAD squatters in Nantes

Tensions between riot police and demonstrators ensued in Nantes on Saturday, amid a protest against the possible forced eviction of the ZAD commune in Notre-Dame-des-Landes. The group of campaigners initially came together in 2008 to protest against a proposed airport near the western city of Nantes. In January, after almost a decade of debates, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe... Еще announced that France would abandon the project. «This is a logical decision, considering the dead-end where this project has found itself,» he said. However it is estimated that up to 200 activists remain on the land earmarked for the airport, calling it ZAD — Zone a Defendre [zone to defend] — and refuse to leave it. Authorities have ordered the activists to evacuate the area by March 31st, otherwise be evicted.

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