Sit-in protestors ready for showdown at new French airport site

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After Prime Minister Manuel Valls pledged this week to begin evacuation of the site of France's contested "Great West" airport near Nantes in north-west France, militant ecologists, anti-capitalism activists, and local inhabitants occupying the earmarked land are preparing for a showdown with anti-riot police.

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Environmental activists living in cabins and tree houses on the site of a proposed new airport outside Nantes in western France braced on Wednesday for a looming showdown with security forces after the prime minister said clearing the zone was a priority, reports Reuters.