Notre-Dame-des-Landes evictions leave collective experiment in ruins

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For almost a decade, an area of 1,650 hectares of utilized farmland, dotted with small woods and ponds at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, situated about 25 kilometres from the town of Nantes in north-west France has been occupied by opponents of a plan to build there a vast new ‘Great West’ airport, an almost 600-million-euro project which was finally abandoned in January this year.