France’s ‘utopian’ anti-airport community faces bitter last stand

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Group of campaigners has protested against new airport in western France since 2008; they now await president’s ‘final decision’ on the project.

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On a cold but sunny December morning, the only sound around the hedgerows of Notre-Dame-des-Landes is the cawing of a horde of squabbling crows. Those asleep in the cabins, caravans and reclaimed farmhouses of Europe’s largest political squat (in terms of area) are awaiting a far ruder awakening, reports The Guardian.