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.