Police in France Begin Clearing Airport Protest Camp

April 12, 2018

PARIS — It was supposed to be the site of the biggest airport in western France, a hub for cargo traffic and Concorde flights.

But instead, it became the center of a utopian experiment and an entrenched protest camp, one that challenged the government of President Emmanuel Macron.

In 1970, 3,700 acres of fields and woodland near the village of Notre-Dame-des-Landes were chosen for the new airport to satisfy a need first identified in 1965.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/11/world/europe/france-airport-squatters.html