Several hundred opponents of Amazon mobilized in France

Several hundred activists gathered on Saturday morning in several cities in France to protest against Amazon, especially near Pont-du-Gard, where the American mail-order giant plans to set up a 38,000 m2 warehouse.

At the call of associations which fight against this project located in the town of Fournès (Gard), near the world heritage jewel, some 800, according to the gendarmes, to “at least 1,000” people, according to the organizers, are came to plant shrubs on Saturday morning in front of two large banners proclaiming “Stop Amazon” “Neither here, nor elsewhere”.

They also formed a human chain to show the influence of the planned project along the A9 motorway over 14 hectares. Multicolored balloons floating at 18 meters showed its height, equivalent to a five-story building.

“Citizens of Fournès and the surrounding area have been fighting for two years against the establishment of a huge Amazon warehouse. At the beginning they were a bit alone against everyone but managed to slow down the project thanks to legal recourse” always in progress, explained to AFP Raphaël Pradeau, national spokesperson for Attac.

“We want to show that these are not small isolated struggles and that we can mobilize hundreds of people who are ready to come back to prevent work,” he added.

A little further on, Sarah Latour, 38, came with her two sons, aged 8 and 6, who are happily planting a fragile strawberry tree on the wasteland on which vines previously grew since they had been uprooted.

“These plants, these shrubs that we are planting today are a symbol of life compared to the concreteization that Amazon practices”, explains the young woman. “I came with my children because I don’t want this harmful model for them,” adds the mother living in Ardèche.

About 200 people also participated Saturday morning in a rally in Carquefou, in the suburbs of Nantes, in front of an Amazon logistics warehouse, according to the organizers.

“We denounce the fact that Amazon is destroying more jobs than it creates and that these are precarious jobs that make people sick, especially in terms of musculoskeletal disorders,” he told the AFP Sophie Jallier, spokesperson for the collective for this event.

In Ensisheim, in the Haut-Rhin, a demonstration also brought together a hundred people against the establishment of a giant warehouse on a plot of more than 15 hectares of former agricultural land. “Amazon, Vampire Fiscal”, “Stop Amazon”, “No mega warehouse, neither here nor elsewhere,” proclaimed the banners.

“Today we denounce an economic system that is running out of steam and is wearing out the planet. This requires us to change our ways of living and to think about more resilient operations “, declared Isabelle Schaeffer, member of the association Réseau Urgence Climatique et Sociale et Sud Alsace (Rucssa).

In Augny, in Moselle, around fifty people gathered on a roundabout in front of the site of the former Frescaty air base which is to host an Amazon site.

“We are aware that we are opposed to a project that has already started and which will probably see the light of day, but we believe that there is still time to oppose it and to consider a reconversion of the site”, commented Charlotte Leduc , activist Attac Moselle and member of the Stop Amazon Augny collective.

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