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France renounces to the Grand Ouest airport project

Also known as the Notre-Dame-des-Landes airport

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced it last Wednesday

The project of the Grand Ouest airport, also known as Notre-Dame-des-Landes (Nddl), seems definitively abandoned after a lot of debates, in favor of the development of the pre-existing facility of Nantes Atlantique. This the declaration made last Wednesday by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe: "In close relationship with the President of the Republic, the government has made its decision: I noted yesterday that the conditions for carrying out the project of the Notre-Dame-des-Landes Airport are not met. A project that structures territory for a century, can not be made in a context of exacerbated opposition from the population. Great recent projects have been realized despite the local oppositions because they are supported by the population. Notre-Dame-des-Landes, today, is the airport of the division The project of Notre-Dame-des-Landes will therefore be abandoned".

We are talking about an international airport that was supposed to rise to the north-west of Nantes to accommodate most of the Nantes Atlantique airport operations. A project dating back to its first draft in 1963, many times abandoned and repeatedly resumed giving rise to strong local and national controversies between its supporters and its opponents, judicial battles, popular consultations and even appointments of mediators.

Then exultation was expressed by the "Movement against the Nddl airport project", which in a statement stated: "The government has finally announced yesterday the abandonment of the Notre-Dame-des-Landes airport project. This abandonment for us will be effective from February 9, at the expiry of Dup (Declaration of public utility). If this abandonment will be confirmed, it is really a historic victory against a destructive plan, made possible thanks to a long determined and plural movement" . A fight lasted 50 years.

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