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Lyon airport closed after car smashes through terminal onto runway

A man was arrested on Monday after driving a Mercedes saloon into a terminal building at the airport serving Lyon, France's second-largest city, and then speeding onto the runway area chased by several police cars and an overhead helicopter before he was wrestled to the ground when attempting to flee on foot.

French activists celebrate abandoned airport project

Thousands of activists, some in carnival masks, symbolically set fire to a giant wooden plane to mark end of airport plans in western France.

Major north-west France airport project scrapped

The French government has announced that a five-decade plan to build a major airport hub at Notre-Dames-des-Landes, close to Nantes in north-west France has been abandoned after fierce opposition by environmentalists.

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

Activists occupying the site of the Notre-Dame-des-Landes airport celebrate on Wednesday after the government's decision to abandon the project. © Reuters Activists occupying the site of the Notre-Dame-des-Landes airport celebrate on Wednesday after the government's decision to abandon the project. © Reuters

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced on Wednesday that a controversial plan to build a major new airport near Nantes in north-west France, a project first mooted 50 years ago and which was bitterly opposed by environmentalists who prevented construction work from commencing by occupying the rural site, has been definitively abandoned. The decision ends decades of fudging by successive governments, infuriating supporters of the 600-million-euro project at Notre-Dame-des-Landes who argued it would have provided a much needed boost to the region’s economy.

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

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

French customs find record 51kg of crystal meth at Paris airport

Officials at Charles de Gaulle airport checking cartons of cereal bags en route from Cameroon to Malaysia found them to be 'unusually heavy'.

EU causes fresh delay to plans for new French airport

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In February prime minister Manuel Valls promised that work would begin on a controversial new airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes near Nantes in western France by the autumn. Yet despite a much-criticised local referendum that backed the plan, there are no immediate signs that construction work is about to begin, or even that the protesters who currently occupy the site face imminent eviction. The latest hold-up has been caused by demands from Brussels for information on the wider environmental impact of the project, which could see the start of work delayed until next year. Aurélie Delmas reports.

Why local airport referendum matters for all of France

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Voting in the airport referendum in western France. © Yann Levy Voting in the airport referendum in western France. © Yann Levy

While all of Europe, including France, has been focussed on the shock result of the Brexit vote, a more local referendum campaign has been taking place in western France. On Sunday June 26th nearly a million voters in the Loire-Atlantique département or county were asked for their verdict on plans for a new airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes near Nantes. The referendum itself, whose outcome the government says it will respect and which has been criticised for its many shortcomings, was won by suporters of the scheme. But Mediapart's environment correspondent Jade Lindgaard argues that the issues at stake go beyond the local airport project: and that they affect everyone in France and beyond.

Paris airport workers in the spotlight after EgyptAir crash

But aviation expert says security breach at Charles de Gaulle airport would be 'completely incredible' as it has the 'highest standards' in world.

Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini placed in detention in Belgium

The Belgian national of Moroccan origin arrested Friday is linked by DNA to Paris attacks while suspected of taking part in Brussels airport bombing.

Eight-year-old boy held for more than a week at French airport

The boy, whose mother had put him on a flight from the Comoros Islands, was detained after trying to enter France on a false passport.

Three identified Brussels bombers all have links to Paris attacks

Brothers Ibrahim and Khalid El Bakraoui and Najim Laachraoui, who all died in Tuesday's blasts, were linked to November attack in France.

Fresh rally against French airport plans near Nantes

Protesters want Notre-Dame-des-Landes airport plan to be withdrawn and expulsion orders given to local families and farmers to be scrapped.

Opponents of controversial Nantes airport protest against expulsion

Demonstration attracted up to 20,000 people protesting against proceedings to evict inhabitants, including farmers, from planned site.

France sells minority stake in Toulouse airport to Chinese-led consortium

Economy minister insists controversial sale of share in biggest airport in south-west France is not 'privatisation' but 'opening up of capital'.