"It's not a hand, it's a stick that is handed to us": one week before the expiry of the new deadline given to the occupants of the ZAD of Notre-Dame-des-Landes for to regularize, the Zadists remained inflexible, always favoring the collective way.
The week promises decisive yet: the illegal occupants of this territory of 1.650 hectares must declare their agricultural projects by next Monday and thus to initiate a process of regularization ".
Otherwise," at the end of this time all that needs to be evacuated will be evacuated, "head of state Emmanuel Macron assailed Sunday evening.
" Time is running out ", said the prefect of the Pays de la Loire, Nicole Klein. She told AFP that she had suggested to the delegation of the opponents of the former airport project to "come to see her" in the week, an invitation that had remained unanswered.
A meeting was held going on in the afternoon on the ZAD to try to clear a common position to this request for appointments, according to several occupants.
"We are discussing it on the territory, but in any case the context does not lend itself to it," explains one of them, using the generic name "Camille".
Presented by the authorities as a "tense hand", this additional delay is perceived on the site as "a stick", while gendarmerie operations continued for the eighth day in a row.
"With this ultimatum in the police presence, we are still not in a situation of negotiation, but in an injunction position," laments Marcel Thébault, a "historic" farmer, installed since 1999 in the west of the ZAD.
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"You can not decently negotiate with a weapon on the temple, with a military occupation.This is not a framework for negotiations," insists Camille.
"I wake up every morning with grenades around the caravan and we are in a climate that is not at all serene to find an exit door that would be suitable for both parties," adds Lucas, installed as a brewer at the locality "Les Fosses noires", at the heart of the clashes with the police for a week.
On the ZAD, the young man is an exception: he is one of the few zadistes to have declared his agricultural activity to the agricultural social mutuality (MSA), before the abandonment of the airport project. However, he rejects the requests for individual adjustments.
It is not a matter of declaring an individual precarious lease, according to the prefect Nicole Klein, but of filling out a simplified form proving "the good will to enter into the rules of law". This declaration of intent must include the identity of the project leader, an address, a telephone number, any diplomas or professional experience, as well as a brief presentation of the project and the parcels concerned, according to a copy received by the AFP.
"We remain open to negotiations, but what the prefect is proposing is just a re-make-up of proposals already made: we have not done it, we have done it, by sending a proposal for a collective agreement, but she swept it away with the back of her hand ", regrets Lucas.
"All the activities here are interdependent, which is why we are asking for a collective project and if this request is not received it is a complete incomprehension on the part of the State of this what is this territory ", abounds" Camille ".
For the Cédpa, a group of politicians opposed to the former airport project, who "withdrew" from the inter-component delegation, the authorities' additional delay is "a reasonable outcome" to " the gear of violence put in place for a week. "
" By April 23, some are able to sign a piece of paper saying my name is + Machin +.It's very simple. doing so would be a waste, "said Françoise Verchère, co-chair of the Cédpa.
The Acipa, a historical association of opponents of the airport, judges for its part this additional delay "too short, in the current climate" and invites a return of the dialogue between the prefecture and the occupants.