Environmentalists rejoice as France's 600m-euro Great West airport is finally abandoned

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French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe on Wednesday announced his government’s decision to abandon plans to build a 580-million-euro airport in countryside close to Nantes in north-west France, putting an end to a 50-year-old a project which had become a major controversy, championed by local politicians and bitterly opposed by a wide alliance of environmentalists.