Thousands protest over contested French airport site

Thousands of protesters blocked roads outside the French city of Nantes demanding the cancellation of expulsion orders handed to families and farmers living at the site of a new planned airportThousands of demonstrators blocked roads on the outskirts of the French city of Nantes to protest a controversial airport development that has been at the centre of a years-long battle. Authorities argue that the new airport will provide a major boost to tourism in western France, but environmental campaigners have fiercely opposed the plans to build it on protected swampland just outside Nantes. Protesters have been engaged in a 15-year legal battle to block construction of the new airport, with Saturday’s demonstration the biggest gathering in two years.

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