Four days before the deadline set by the government for them to decline their identities, the occupants of the ZAD of Notre-Dame-des-Landes toil Thursday to "deny the collective dimension" of their agricultural projects and remain undecided about the common response to the state.
The arrival on Wednesday in Nantes of the Minister of the Ecological Transition, Nicolas Hulot, long-time opponent of the airport project, did not change the line government, or that of the zadistes, braced on their will to manage collectively the lands they have defended.
Work meetings "pretty intense" were ongoing Thursday on the ZAD to release another proposal to put on the table, during a new meeting scheduled Friday with the prefect of the Pays de la Loire, Nicole Klein, and "out of this vise", according to one of the "spokespersons" of the occupants.
"We remain extremely suspicious because we have no assurance that behind there is not a will to continue to expel and do the sorting, "he adds.
The individual forms that the authorities are required to complete by Monday evening must include their name and the outline of their agricultural or para-agricultural project, a prerequisite for the eventual signature by the State of precarious leases.
"This form does not give us any guarantee as to what to do next, and if we do not fill it out, we necessarily take a risk.The visions are a little different, but whatever our decision, it will be strong, collective. and we will stick to it, "says Vincent.
Party involved in a collective project of market gardening, bee-keeping and raising of ewes, he deposited with two other occupants the statutes of an association, "before the beginning of expulsions," he says .
"The prefecture has our names, efforts have been made to find an arrangement that is suitable for the state (…) But we are being asked to yield all the way. in a negotiation, you have to be two to make concessions ", estimates Vincent.
-" Ready to take the risk "-
" The state obsessively talks to us about individual conventions and I could be well placed to answer it because I do gardening, but on the ZAD, the organization is collectiv e and it covers much more than the simple addition of small agricultural projects, "says Jean-Baptiste, enrolled for two years in the agricultural social mutuality (MSA).
"I am declared since May 15, 2016, the activity is legal, I am ready to take the risk of not being understood whereas I have a lot of things to preserve, because for us, the collective dimension it is essential, "insists the market gardener, installed at the eastern end of the ZAD, away from the area where nearly thirty squats were dismantled last week.
"It's very hard to be shriveled up to that point and so far, we have dignity and it will be difficult to give up our intimate convictions because to make society, we must advocate the collective, "insists Jean-Baptiste. "We would be made to think that because we do the collective, we advocate anonymity, which is not the case," he says.
Incomprise Wednesday by Nicolas Hulot, this indecision of zadistes was also difficult to understand for Sylvain Fresneau, fifth generation of peasants settled in Notre-Dame-des-Landes. "We still had two and a half months to turn around, and then another ten days, we need to move forward, it can not last for years this war," he says.
Sylvain Fresneau and the three other "historic" farmers who have always refused to sell their property to the airport concession holder must sign, "presumably Tuesday", a precarious occupation agreement and should obtain the surrender of their lands "before the end of the year," he says.