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


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.