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Jade Lindgaard

36 ans, a travaillé aux Inrockuptibles. Elle est l'auteure de plusieurs livres, dont Le Ba-ba du BHL, avec Xavier de la Porte (2004), et La France Invisible (2006). Membre du comité de rédaction de la revue Mouvements.

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  • Why local airport referendum matters for all of France

    Jun 26, 2016 | By Jade Lindgaard
    Voting in the airport referendum in western France. © Yann Levy Voting in the airport referendum in western France. © Yann Levy

    While all of Europe, including France, has been focussed on the shock result of the Brexit vote, a more local referendum campaign has been taking place in western France. On Sunday June 26th nearly a million voters in the Loire-Atlantique département or county were asked for their verdict on plans for a new airport at Notre-Dames-des-Landes near Nantes. The referendum itself, whose outcome the government says it will respect and which has been criticised for its many shortcomings, was won by suporters of the scheme. But Mediapart's environment correspondent Jade Lindgaard argues that the issues at stake go beyond the local airport project: and that they affect everyone in France and beyond.

  • Jobs or environment: the debate over plans to build 'EuropaCity' Paris complex

    Apr 3, 2016 | By Jade Lindgaard
    Vision of the future: how the planned EuropaCity will look. Vision of the future: how the planned EuropaCity will look.

    It is one of the largest development projects in the Paris region. The Auchan supermarket chain wants to build a vast shopping complex on farmland near Charles-De-Gaulle airport that will contain not just shops but a leisure park, a ski slope and cultural centres. Its supporters say EuropaCity will bring thousands of job to a poor, deprived area and serve as a blueprint for commerce and society in the 21st century. Opponents doubt the number of jobs it will create, say it will harm the environment, and argue that it is at odds with the commitments made by France and other nations at the COP21 climate summit held in Paris in December. Urban utopia or environmental nightmare? Jade Lindgaard reports.

  • France's other green protest: against Center Parcs

    Feb 28, 2016 | By Jade Lindgaard
    The home of protesters who are trying to stop a Center Parcs holiday centre from being built. The home of protesters who are trying to stop a Center Parcs holiday centre from being built.

    The protesters who have occupied the proposed site for a new airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes near Nantes in west France have grabbed media attention in recent years. Less well-known are the environmental activists who have set up a similar camp in an ancient forest on the other side of the country in a bid to stop the development of a new Center Parcs holiday centre. As Jade Lindgaard reports, unlike their anti-airport counterparts, the protesters opposing the Center Parcs project are from being universally popular with locals.

  • Farmers face eviction to make way for new French airport

    Jan 8, 2016 | By Jade Lindgaard

    At the end of 2015 the giant construction firm, Vinci, who are scheduled to build a new airport near Nantes in the west of France, sought an emergency court order to expel small-scale farmers who live and work on the planned site. The farmers, some of whose families have been on the same land for generations, are refusing to go. On Saturday January 9th opponents of the deeply controversial airport project staged a demonstration in support of the local farming community threatened with expulsion. Jade Lindgaard reports.

  • Naomi Klein on the "mixed day" of COP 21 climate deal

    Dec 13, 2015 | By Jade Lindgaard
    Vidéo dans l'article Vidéo dans l'article

    Naomi Klein is a Canadian social activist and author and a director of climate activist group 350.org, whose 2014 book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate became her third major international bestseller. Klein has been in Paris throughout the two-week United Nations climate conference COP 21 which began on November 30th, and kept a regular video blog in English published on Mediapart, a project in partnership with US weekly magazine The Nation. In her final contribution (all six blogs are on this same page), she comments on the end of the summit on Saturday, “a mixed day” and an agreement Klein says “does not leave us safe”.

  • Paris climate summit: the unanswered questions

    Nov 30, 2015 | By Jade Lindgaard

    The United Nations international climate summit, COP21, opened at Le Bourget close to Paris on November 30th in unusual circumstances. The host country France is under a state of emergency as it welcomes leaders, negotiators and activists from around the world. As Mediapart's environment correspondent Jade Lindgaard reports, a deal at the summit appears to be within reach, but doubts and questions remain about the real direction of the negotiations.

  • Paris climate conference protests to go on despite ban on march

    Nov 24, 2015 | By Jade Lindgaard

    Following the recent terror attacks, public demonstrations have been banned in Paris. This includes the huge march for the climate planned for Sunday November 29th, on the eve of the opening of the COP 21 climate change conference in the French capital. Some groups have described the ban as an attack on civil liberties. Meanwhile the march organisers, the Coalition Climat 21, have vowed that some form of public demonstration – within the law – will still take place. Jade Lindgaard reports.


  • How oil firm represents France on UN fuel pollution body

    Sep 4, 2015 | By Jade Lindgaard

    A committee of the UN's International Maritime Organization is discussing ways to reduce the sulphur content in marine fuels, a pollutant said to be responsible for up to 50,000 deaths a year in Europe alone. But France's representative on the body is an employee of French oil firm Total - which produces those very same marine fuels. As Jade Lindgaard reports, there is embarrassment in Paris over this apparently flagrant conflict of interest.

  • Historic appeal against climate crime ahead of Paris conference

    Aug 27, 2015 | By Jade Lindgaard

    The climate conference scheduled for Paris in December is the latest in a long line of bureaucratic gatherings that have so far failed to deliver on promises of fighting climate change. Now 100 prominent world figures have signed a mould-breaking appeal which seeks to bypass the endless discussions and instead calls for a social “uprising” against climate crime just as past campaigners sought to end slavery and apartheid. Jade Lindgaard explains why Mediapart is associating itself with this dramatic appeal.

  • Revealed: the hidden study that says all France’s electricity can come from renewables by 2050

    Mediapart has gained access to a report by the French government’s environment and energy agency which concludes that France’s electricity supply, of which 75% is currently produced by nuclear power, could be entirely provided by renewable energies in 2050. Furthermore, the study found that a 100% reliance on renewables is not only materially and technologically feasible, but that it would also cost relatively little more than the electricity supply in which nuclear power plays a key part. The study was due to be made public this month, but its publication has now been inexplicably postponed until after the summer, and after key energy strategy decisions are to be taken by the government. In this report by Christophe Gueugneau and Jade Lindgaard, Mediapart presents the study in its entirety and highlights the key findings.