Notre-Dame-des-Landes is invited into the campaign of the general elections in Loire-Atlantique
Bruno Retailleau (LR), senator and president of the region pays de la Loire, warns : ” It is necessary that we stop the soap opera “ Notre-Dame-des-Landes. Friday, 19 may, the elected official has made it known that he did not like the televised performance of Nicolas Hulot, the new minister of the ecological Transition and solidarity, the day before, about the famous airport project, which crystallizes the tensions.
Asked about the mediation desired by the president of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, to try to de-mine the case, Mr Hulot said on the plateau of France 2 that all alternatives to the construction of this new airport – scheduled to a score of kilometers to the north of Nantes (Loire-Atlantique), which had not been studied. There are ” probably a option that will satisfy the interests of each other “, looked at the minister, much to the chagrin of Mr. Retailleau.
” It is out of the question that we replay the scenario of the sinking, with the same decor and the same old tricks “, jumped the latter, who is also chairman of the syndicat mixte airport. Even if he feels little to the success of such an initiative, the president of the Country of the Loire is willing, however, to let his chance to ” a mission of appeasement “, to ” lower the pressure “, and come ” to the peaceful evacuation of the area “. But he refuses in advance any discussion on opening the way to new studies and the redesign of the folder.
” split personality “
To support his claims, Mr. Retailleau does not get tired to pick up old statements of Emmanuel Macron or Edouard Philippe, in favour of the start of the project. He even quoted Nicolas Hulot, who was in slanted in the face of the results of the public consultation orchestrated at the end of the month of June 2016, in Loire-Atlantique. It was then for the population to settle the question. The ” yes ” in favour of the project was then brought to 55 %.
” I hope that there is no duplication of personality, the Nicolas Hulot, a citizen passionate about the environment, is the same as Nicolas Hulot became a minister “, ” quips Mr. Retailleau. Before tonner : ” If the power of a mediator is superior to the 178 court decisions that validate the project, if a mediation bonus tomorrow on the vote of our fellow citizens, then there is more of a State of law, no democracy. “
alongside the elected PS, which are the orders of the main authorities in the department and widely proaéroport, Mr. Retailleau will request an interview with the president of Macron and his prime minister. the ” We want to get clarifications on the content of this mediation, says the senator. the And the answer to this question : “what is it that has been negotiated for that Nicolas Hulot between the government ?” “
In fact, the project of the airport is prompt once more at the heart of the election campaign of the general elections. During the quinquennium of Francois Hollande, elected officials PS of the territory, have moderated their criticism on the management of this file so as not to embarrass Jean-Marc Ayrault (PS) – the former mayor of Nantes and member of parliament for Loire-Atlantique, to become the prime minister, and himself an ardent promoter of the airport of Notre-Dame-des-Landes. The situation has now changed.
as Soon as Edouard Philippe (LR) has been appointed to Matignon, the president of the departmental council of Loire-Atlantique, Philippe Grosvalet (PS), has issued a statement urging the new government to ” to move quickly to action “, arguing that ” all the conditions are met to launch the airport of the Great West “. Mr. Grosvalet has also taken care to draw a miscellany of old declarations in favour of the airport’s new head of State and his prime minister.
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A campaign hot
In this context, the campaign of the general elections promises to be a bitter and complex. It will be accented by disagreements over the future airport, including in the sixth constituency of the Loire-Atlantic, which includes the commune of Notre-Dame-des-Landes. The mp Yves Daniel (PS), in favour of the airport, passed under the banner of The Republic in march.
” to the extent that there are no new elements, I still consider that the project is worthwhile, note the applicant, who claims to have received a word of encouragement on the part of Jean-Marc Ayrault. in But I found that Emmanuel Macron gives itself six months to work on the folder, and move forward. It is necessary to find a solution to unblock the situation : analyze the project, potential alternatives. “
within the PS, voices, including that of Christophe Clergeau, leader of the left opposition in the regional council, have asked the federation of the party to renounce to present a contestant in this constituency, in order to prevent the right to reclaim the place, but also to rule out any possibility of seeing the FN up to the second round. A waste of effort, the activists of the local branch decided otherwise.
In the tenth district, the PS of the Loire-Atlantique has made the choice to leave the field free to a nomination ecologist – so anti-airport –, in the name of the national agreement passed with EELV. But Sophie Errante, mp outgoing socialist presents to new… with the label of the movement of Emmanuel Macron. As to the first district, the PS will deliver not battle with François de Rugy, mp ecologist outgoing, opposed to the project, but who also rallied to the banner of The Republic in march.