More than two hours were not enough to unblock the situation in Notre-Dame-des-Landes: the negotiation between the authorities and the zadistes culminated in a deadlock Wednesday night, leaving a feeling of "waste" to Nicolas Hulot.
First to react at the end of the meeting with the prefect of the Pays de la Loire region, Nicole Klein, chaired by the Minister of Ecological Transition, the delegates of the opponents lamented a frozen position of the government which left them until April 23 to regularize. The initial deadline expired on March 31.
"No line has moved, the demands made" by the government remaining the same, regretted at the exit of the prefecture Marcel Thébault, one of the four historic farmers of NDDL and one of the members of the delegation.
According to him, the government did not propose a "delay period or anything".
But, replied Nicolas Hulot, "what the government claims does not seem out of reach, no way an ultimatum ". Expressing a "feeling of sadness, waste" that he hopes "temporary", he again called on opponents to seize the "hand of the government."
"Let's not skip the last step, do not go into a spiral posture, confrontation, violence, do not confuse ecology with anarchy, and let's move on to another stage, "he said,"
– "Acknowledging the deeds done" –
After the abandonment of the airport project for which he had campaigned, "the government is entitled to expect a gesture, and more than a gesture, a return to order", insisted the minister, asking opponents to "recognize the gestures that have been made. "
The delegation received in prefecture must make a "return" Wednesday night at an assembly bringing together the various components of the anti-airport movement. The prefect is to meet her again on Friday.
By inviting the Zadists to resume the dialogue, interrupted on April 9 by the eviction operations and the destruction of 29 "squats" in four days, the prefect wants to offer them "a exit door "and try to avoid an evacuation of greater magnitude.
The head of state, Emmanuel Macron, had said Sunday evening: at the end of the new period of regularization, fixed at April 23, if the occupants did not declare their agricultural projects, "all that must be evacuated will be evacuated. "
They must "give their names," said the prefect to an AFP journalist. "If they do not respond at least to this request, the President of the Republic has been very clear, there will be new evictions."
At present, "the only ones who are in a regular situation are the four historic farmers who have requested the surrender of their land and those who have a temporary occupation agreement that often exploit the land without living there", Ms. Klein detailed Tuesday.
The declaration of intent that must be fulfilled by zadists wishing to "enter the rules" includes their names and outline of their agricultural or para-agricultural project. Without legal value, it is a prerequisite for signing or not precarious agricultural leases.
The representative of the state had received before the meeting only a few "fanciful forms, people from elsewhere," she said Tuesday to an AFP journalist.
The zadists judge the format of this "too individual" statement of intent.
The state will not close the door to cooperatives or GAEC (agricultural groups operating in common, ed), but "it will not be Larzac, it was said," had said to the AFP Ms. Klein
The agricultural union Confédération paysanne, very involved in the Notre-Dame-des-Landes file, believes that it is possible to "cohabit" all agricultural and artisan projects on the site, provided that the climate calms down locally
On the site, a precarious calm reigned since Tuesday. The police continued the clearing operations on the two roads crossing the ZAD