Bure: opponents to the burial of nuclear waste evacuated

Ⓒ AFP – JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN – | Evacuation of wood Lejuc (Meuse) by gendarmes, February
22, 2018

The national gendarmerie Thursday evacuated the wood Lejuc,
epicenter of the fight against the project of burying nuclear
waste in Bure (Meuse), with a major operation to dislodge by
surprise anti-nuclear opponents.

From dawn, five hundred gendarmes were mobilized for the
evacuation of this site of 221 hectares near Bure. At the
beginning of the intervention, about fifteen opponents were
present. The operation ended in the afternoon.

“The wood is released, there are more occupants,” said AFP
the prefecture of the Meuse shortly before 17H00.

Clearing operations are continuing. At mid-day, two
bulldozers had started cleaning the barricades and bivouacs of
opponents at the entrance to the wood, said an AFP

Meanwhile, in Bure, where the town hall was the target of
stone throwing, a search was held at the “House of resistance”,
where nearly thirty opponents of the Cigeo project had
regrouped. This search ended in the afternoon.

“There are seven custody in progress”, one following the
evacuation of the wood Lejuc and six for “insult and / or
violence on persons depositaries of public authority” in the
context of the search ” House of resistance, “said Olivier
Glady, public prosecutor in Bar-le-Duc.

Ⓒ AFP – JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN – | The gendarmes take a member of the “House of
resistance” against the project of burying nuclear waste in Bure,
Meuse, February 22, 2018

The Lejuc wood has been selected by the National Agency for
the Management of Radioactive Waste (Andra) for the
installation of the Cigeo project air chimneys, aiming to bury
at 500 m underground the most radioactive nuclear waste or for
life long French park.

On an interim basis, Andra, who wants to carry out
exploratory drilling in this forest, the Bar-le-Duc tribunal de
grande instance issued an expulsion decision in April.

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Ⓒ AFP/Archives – Jean Christophe VERHAEGEN – | An opponent of the Cigéo nuclear waste landfill project
climbs into a hut erected in a tree in Bois Lejuc on February 22,
2017 in Mandres-en-Barrois, near Bure (Meuse)

“We are here to show that we do not want to poison Mother
Earth, we are in an old oak tree that has lived much longer
than us,” an opponent perched in a tree said on the phone
Thursday morning.

At the “House of resistance” in Bure, the police “introduced
themselves by force, without explanation, saying that they were
going to use force against us”, said, very angry, an opponent ,
calling herself Camille, after being expelled from the

The network “Quit the nuclear” and other associations of
opponents have called “gatherings before all the prefectures
tonight at 18:00”. Meetings are planned in front of dozens of
prefectures or official buildings.

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Ⓒ AFP – Paz PIZARRO – | Main projects in France

The Secretary of State for Ecological Transition, Sébastien
Lecornu, assured Thursday in Bar-le-Duc that “the state will
come back (it) to maintain order and enforce the law as many
times as necessary” .

“We do not want any more places in France that are places of
lawlessness,” Gerard Collomb said in the morning, on the
sidelines of a trip to Lognes (Seine-et-Marne).

On Friday, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe had shown his
determination not to let the “Zad” (“areas to be defended”)
occupied by militants be “encapsulated”, while the executive
promised to evacuate at the end of March, at the end of the
winter break, the emblematic Zad of Notre-Dame-des-Landes

The choice to launch the evacuation Thursday is also
explained by the fact that the opponents of Cigéo “had to come
to install a building in hard at the beginning of March and
there was no question that this wood becomes a zone of
lawless”, has explained to AFP Frédéric de Lanouvelle,
spokesman of the Ministry of the Interior.

“This is absolutely implausible
because the visit of Mr. Lecornu was scheduled today, he was to
meet us tomorrow as opponents.It is stunned,” told AFP a
spokesman for the collective ” Bure Stop “, explaining that the
ownership of the wood Lejuc” is disputed “, with” pending
lawsuits filed on the illegality of work “.

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