NDDL: occupants agree to submit nominative projects

A delegation of occupants of the ZAD Notre-Dame-des-Landes announced Friday, at the end of a meeting at the prefecture in Nantes, they had filed nominative projects as requested by the government. 19659002] "Today we decide to respond to the injunctions of the government, we want to stop the escalation of tension in the area and finally get the necessary time for dialogue and the construction of the project we are defending," they said. in front of the press. It is "a very concrete gesture of dialogue to get out of this infernal cycle", they said, stating to have deposited 40 nominative projects, among which some individual and certain collectives.

At the end of a meeting more than two hours, the prefect of the Pays de la Loire, Nicole Klein, greeted in front of the reporters the work done: "They did a lot of work, it must be recognized, and they brought about twenty nominative projects, so the name, an address, a project that we will of course examine closely from here Monday night ".

The zadists have submitted 28 agricultural projects, and 12 artisanal and distribution projects, according to Ms. Klein. "This is a sign of good will," said the state representative, "because they have so far refused to give nominative projects" and now, "they have given nominative projects." 19659002] "They responded in part to the request to deposit nominative projects (…) I think that almost all places have submitted agricultural projects," said Ms. Klein.

The State had asked the occupants to complete by Monday evening individual forms, including their name and outline of their agricultural or para-agricultural project.

NDDL: Philippe and Collomb at the bedside of gendarmes, new deadline for the occupants

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.

-Bricharges reconstructed-

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."

NDDL: the administrative justice rejects recourse of the occupants of the ZAD

The Administrative Court of Nantes on Friday dismissed appeals from occupants of the ZAD Notre-Dame-des-Landes, which were intended to compel the State to provide administrative documents related to their possible evictions, announced to AFP counsel for the applicants.

"The interim measures (emergency procedures) are dismissed.The administrative court says it has no jurisdiction to rule on our request," said AFP Pierre Huriet, who had filed late last week, on the eve of the end of the winter break of evictions, nine referred to as "useful measures" on behalf of occupants of the ZAD.

 Our Lady of the Landes (AFP - Paul DEFOSSEUX)

Notre-Dame-des-Landes (AFP – Paul DEFOSSEUX)

These latter enjoined the prefecture of Loire-Atlantique to communicate to them a possible decision expulsion or any administrative act relating thereto, which may justify their expulsion by the public force.

The decision of the judge of interim relief intervenes while an intervention of the police seems imminent in Notre-Dame-des-Landes to expel its illegal occupants, the ultimatum fixed by the government so that they leave of themselves, almost three months after the abandonment of the airport project, having expired.

 Our Lady of the Landes (AFP - Simon MALFATTO)

Our Lady of the Landes (AFP – Simon MALFATTO)

"It does not change the legality or otherwise of future evictions ", said Me Huriet. He also said "surprised by the delay that counts in tens of minutes", between the communication of arguments in defense of the prefecture and the decision of the court.

NDDL: the administrative justice rejects recourse of the occupants of the ZAD

The Administrative Court of Nantes on Friday dismissed appeals from occupants of the ZAD Notre-Dame-des-Landes, which were intended to compel the State to provide administrative documents related to their possible evictions, announced to the AFP the lawyer of the applicants.

"The summonses (urgency procedures) are rejected.The administrative court declares itself incompetent to rule on our request," said to AFP Pierre Huriet, who had filed in last weekend, on the eve of the end of the winter break of expulsions, nine referred "useful measures" on behalf of occupants of the ZAD.

These latter enjoined the prefecture of Loire-Atlantique to communicate to them a possible decision of expulsion or any administrative act relating thereto, which could justify their expulsion by the public force.

The decision of the judge for interim relief comes at a time when intervention by the police seems imminent in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, to expel its illegal occupants. The ultimatum set by the government to leave on their own, nearly three months after the abandonment of the airport project, has indeed expired.

"It does not change the legality or otherwise of future expulsions," said Huriet. He also said "surprised by the delay that counts in tens of minutes", between the communication of arguments in defense of the prefecture and the decision of the court.

"The defense of the prefecture suggests that there were orders on request (without contradictory procedure, nor public, Ed), that is to say, anonymous procedures that do not leave us with opportunity to defend us, for almost all places "of the ZAD, told AFP an occupant.

"Their argument is that they could not do otherwise, because they were unable to identify the persons concerned. (…) These are fallacious arguments, because we have several to have For years, we have been sending letters by giving our name and saying that we lived in a particular plot, "he added.

Occupants of the ZAD and some components of the anti-airport movement have also formally sent to the prefecture – by email Thursday and by registered letter Friday morning – a proposal for a precarious occupation collective agreement for part of the 1,650 hectares of the ZAD.

Through this proposal, which they present as "a form of global regularization" that would "reopen the dialogue" with the state and avoid an eviction operation, they want to sign a precarious and collective lease for 278 ha of agricultural land on which they launched agricultural or artisanal projects. The convention would also cover 220 hectares of woodland and about twenty hectares of various habitats and buildings, depending on the occupants.

The state has repeatedly stated that it favors individual solutions for land use, as part of the future agricultural project of the ZAD.

NDDL: massive and imminent operation to expel illegal occupants

The countdown has begun: a large number of police forces are now on the ZAD of Notre-Dame-des-Landes (Loire-Atlantique), in order to expel them illegal occupants, almost three months after the abandonment of the airport project.

The operation, scheduled "next week", should last at least a week, and mobilize twenty-five squadrons mobile gendarmerie, or about 2,500 soldiers, according to a source close to the file.

On January 17, in putting an end to this fifty-year-old project, Prime Minister Philippe Philippe set an ultimatum for the occupants of the former "deferred development zone", renamed "zone to defend", their giving until the spring to regulate or leave of themselves, under penalty of being expelled.

On Sunday, the day after the end of the winter break for expulsions, this letter of formal notice has expired. And few are the "zadistes" – some 250 currently – to have left the site of 1,650 hectares or to have put themselves in situation of "legality", by declaring for example new individual agricultural projects.

The cancellation of a trip by Édouard Philippe to Mali this weekend, because of a "topical news in France" on the social front, is not foreign to this intervention, according to government sources as the executive prepares his eviction scenario.

 Face-to-face tense between police and zadistes, on November 24, 2012, during a previous attempt to evacuate the ZAD (

Face to face between security forces and zadistes , on November 24, 2012, during a previous attempt to evacuate the ZAD ("Operation César") (AFP / Archives – JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD)

This is the first major operation since the fall of 2012 and a massive evacuation attempt giving rise to violent clashes, called "Operation César", it had turned into a fiasco despite the deployment of more than a thousand gendarmes and policemen.

Five years and half after, the project of transfer of the Nantes airport is not any more. "One will not do again Caesar, that's for sure," warned in March the prefect of Loire-Atlantique, Nicole Klein.

She renewed Wednesday and until the evening of April 12 five prefectural orders, taken after the abandonment of the project and to contain the possible influx of "several hundred radicalized militants". In particular, they prohibit the transportation of fuel, hazardous materials and weapons items in and around the ZAD.

– "Physical Resistance and Determined" –

 Rally in Nantes of former opponents of the Notre-Dame-des-Landes airport project, March 19, 2018 (AFP / Archives - LOIC VENANCE)

Rally in Nantes of former opponents of the Notre-Dame-des-Landes airport project, March 19, 2018 (AFP / Archives – LOIC VENANCE)

Since 9 April as evacuation date has been fleeing into the media Monday night, the "zadistes" have reiterated their calls to come oppose evictions on the site, to rebuild any squat destroyed but also to gather before the prefectures, including Nantes and Rennes.

"As in 2012, we will not let it go: the resistance will be physical and determined", warns the movement of occupation, invoking a "hybrid force" made of "barricades, blockages human or with tractors, sabotage, projectiles , perched huts "or" various harassment ".

External support has already arrived on the ZAD this week to help "fifteen projects", scheduled to last until Sunday, said an occupant to AFP. "It does not count in the thousands but there are people," she added.

The occupiers also promise in case of intervention of the police to block the roads, including the departmental 281. The rehabilitation work of this ex-"road chicanes", protected daily by 200 mobile police officers , ended last week, but the department's decree prohibiting traffic has still not been lifted.

Erected by the state as a symbol of the "return to the rule of law" on the site, RD281 is a point of tension within the very heterogeneous anti-airport movement, because of the presence in its immediate surroundings of a minority refusing any regularization.

 On February 5, 2018, gendarmes protect restoration work on RD281, ex-

On February 5, 2018, gendarmes protect rehabilitation work on RD281, ex- "route des chicanes" ". (AFP / Archives – DAMIEN MEYER)

Some associations, including the main one, Acipa, said as early as January that they would not come "to defend this road which must become circulating". "We may protect places, but if they are the subject of agricultural or para-agricultural projects," says Julien Durand, spokesman for the Acipa.

The massive influx of forces of the 'order' is likely to set fire to the territory tomorrow ", fears Vincent Delabouglise, member of the group of agricultural organizations Buddy 44." Nothing justifies an emergency expulsion ", he estimates, while a" The vast majority of "Zadists" seek to "be in common law" and bring to the state its wish for a convention of temporary and collective occupation of land.