Category Archives: Events

Notre-Dames-des-Landes gets ready for the Police

The fight against building a new 2 runway airport at Notre-Dames-des-Landes outside Nantes has become the biggest environmental protest in France with huge demonstrations having taken place over the years – see photo below.  But the Police and the army may be moving in shortly to try to move the campaigners and the farmers off the land.  They can expect fierce resistance.

Nantes crowds

Nantes vote goes in favour of new airport

On June 26th the people in the region in and around Nantes voted by 55% to 45% to support plans to build the controversial new, two runway airport at Notre-Dames-des-Landes and to close down the existing one runway airport in Nantes.

The vote is a disappointment to the campaigners who have fought for many years against the new airport.  They argue it is both destructive and unnecessary.

But the vote is not binding on the French Government.  Indeed, the Government will struggle to build it given the scale of oposition there is to it across France.

The campaign to stop it continues.  There will be a huge protest held over the weekend of 9th and 10th July:  https://www.acipa-ndl.fr/

26th June: Referendum on Notre-Dames-des-Landes Airport

French President Francois Hollande has announced that he will hold a referendum on the controversial plan to build a new airport at Notre-Dames-des-Landes outside Nantes.

It will take place on 26th June. However, local campaigners have criticised the referendum because only people living in the Loire-Atlantique area will be allowed to take part. The campaigners argue that because the airport is a national project many more people should be allowed to take part. Campaigners also want the referendum to include a question on whether the existing airport in Nantes, Nantes Atlantique, should be modernised instead of building the new airport at Notre-Dames-des-Landes.

However, if people vote ‘non’, the French Government will be under a lot of pressure to abandon the project.

The annual protest weekend against the Notre-Dames-des-Landes Airport will take place on 9th and 10th July. More details at: https://www.acipa-ndl.fr/. For the past two years AirportWatch Europe has had a stall at the event. If you are coming to the event, let us know and we can meet up.

26th June: Referendum on Notre-Dames-des-Landes Airport

French President Francois Hollande has announced that he will hold a referendum on the controversial plan to build a new airport at Notre-Dames-des-Landes outside Nantes.  It will take place on 26th June.

However, local campaigners have criticised the referendum because only people living in the Loire-Atlantique area will be allowed to take part.  The campaigners argue that because the airport is a national project many more people should be allowed to take part.

Campaigners also want the referendum to include a question on whether the existing airport in Nantes, Nantes Atlantique, should be modernised instead of building the new airport at Notre-Dames-des-Landes.  But, if people vote non, the French Government will be under a lot of pressure to abandon the project.

  • The annual protest weekend against the Notre-Dames-des-Landes Airport will take place on 9th and 10th July. More details at: https://www.acipa-ndl.fr/.    

Plane Stupid protesters who occupied Heathrow runway sentenced

24th February: The 13 Plane Stupid protesters who occupied the runway at Heathrow were each sentenced to 6 weeks in jail but suspended for a year plus community service.

Here’s the links to two short videos which nicely capture the mood outside the court during the Plane Stupid sentencing last week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Xkh14_Cr5M and https://youtu.be/xr0_L-Pkxts

PS outside court 1

There was huge media interest in the case.