Édouard Philippe and Gérard Collomb arrived Friday afternoon for a surprise visit to the gendarmes near Notre-Dame-des-Landes where the illegal occupants were called to regularize their situation before April 23, a few hours later the launch of a gunshot operation of the gendarmes in the morning
The Prime Minister and the Minister of the Interior arrived shortly after 16:30 at the command post of the gendarmerie in Saint-Étienne-de-Montluc, at the south of the Zad, to "take stock of the evacuation operations that have taken place since Monday and greet the staff who were engaged" in this action, said Matignon.
Friday morning, the day after the announcement the end of deportation operations, the prefect of the Pays de la Loire Nicole Klein has reached out to the zadistes, including the expelled, inviting them to declare their plans by April 23 to initiate a "process of regulation
"They are simply asked at this stage to declare their name, to declare the agricultural project they wish to develop and to specify the parcels on which they wish to implement it so that the State (. ..) can instruct these requests, "said Nicole Klein emphasizing that" collective projects do not prevent individual projects. "
The prefect announced that she would receive a delegation of occupants" as soon as possible "
"What we are certain is that it will not be possible to think serenely as long as the Zad is targeted by this type of police actions," responded the Zadists in a statement.
Meanwhile the gendarmes will stay three weeks to a month with a triple objective: clear the plots, guarantee the free movement on the D281 and the D81 and prevent any illegal reoccupation, said the prefect.
The device urera "the time it will take, with the forces that will be needed. On the other hand, there will be no more expulsion, "said General Richard Lizurey, general director of the gendarmerie, in the morning.
The morning of Friday was marked by new clashes on the Zad at dawn, with continuous pounding of grenades.
A gendarmerie operation was concentrated on the D81, one of the two main north-south roads crossing the ZAD , surmounted by fiery barricades Friday morning.It is on this axis that an ambush took place Thursday, according to the gendarmes, making 10 wounded in their ranks.
The gendarmes finally retired at the end of the morning. then returned and opponents have managed to go up several barricades on the D81, AFP found.
"The fight that some led is successful," said Friday at noon on RTL the Minister of ecological transition Nicolas Hulot in reference the abandonment of the airport project in January, "from there, it is necessary to calm down, to return in the right way and not to mix postures".
"I have only one message: We must know how to stop a fight that we won, "he reacted to AFP Friday afternoon.
The operation of expulsion of illegal occupants of the Zad began Monday, with 2,500 gendarmes, ushers and construction equipment, and 29 squats were destroyed in three days.
According to General Lizurey, about 250 opponents were present on the area earlier this week. But "last night we had 700 people in front of us, including extremely violent people, the ultra-left, some + black blocks + are present here.The only goal is to break, to break the police, to to hurt, to attack, to vandalize, "he regretted.
A total of four people were arrested Friday morning for participation in a gathering, violence on a police officer (with a hammer) or contempt and rebellion, according to the court of appeal of Rennes, specifying that another demonstrator arrested Thursday for possession of explosive device is still in custody.
Moreover, the court of emergency of Nantes rejected Friday the request for an occupier of the Zad who challenged the legality of his expulsion from the locality "Les 100 noms."
On January 17, when he put an end to the airport project at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, Édouard Philippe had promised to eradicate this "zone of lawlessness."