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... Еще. 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.