French family defiant as airport developers push to evict them

Opponents to the international airport project near Notre-Dame-des-Landes by a blockade during a demonstration on September 22, 2015Vigneux-de-Bretagne (France) (AFP) – A family of four, who have lived through years of sometimes violent protests at the site of a controversial airport in western France say they have no plans to move, despite a court ruling which could see them evicted within a month. If they refuse, the airport developers, who own the house they rent, would have the right to begin formal expulsion proceedings. The house stands on a 1,650-hectare (4,000-acre) site of protected swampland called Notre-Dame Des Landes, just outside the western city of Nantes where developers want to build an airport they say will provide a major boost to tourism in western France.

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