Zone A Défendre
Tritons crété-e-s contre béton armé

Who are we?

Website of the ZAD occupation - where the future airport of Notre-Dame-des-Landes is planned to be.

The ZAD - to the developers it is the Zone d’Aménagement Différé’, the differed development zone and for us it’s a Zone À Défendre: a zone to be defended. Either way, it’s a part of the countryside close to Nantes in France, which according to the decision-makers should make way for an international aiport.

Their construction project "Grand Ouest" is an economic platform of international importance stretching from Nantes to Saint-Nazaire, which will form a singular, huge metropolis. Fulfilling this project means taking over the sky, the sea and the land in replacing the current airport in Nantes with a new one at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, but also enlarging the port at Saint-Nazaire and constructing new roads and highways...

Our goals, in coming to live here on the proposed site of the airport, are many: to live on a protest site, where we can be close to those who’ve been opposing the project for 40 years and to have the power to act when construction happens; to make use of abandoned spaces to learn to live together, to cultivate the land and to be more autonomous from the capitalist system.

Most texts and infos are published in french and everything is not always translated, sorry. So if you want to be sure wether there’s new info, have a look on the french website. Also, if you want to help translating, you can get in touch with us !

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Featured

  • Call to all diverse factions of the struggle for the 8th of octobre

    22 September 2016

    Notre-Dames-Des Landes-ZAD May the sounds of our sticks be heard! Call to all diverse factions of the struggle for the 8th of octobre. Poster: Let’s hear the noise of our sticks! Prevent the airport project, defend the ZAD Start: 10am in the grove Saturday 08th of October / 08.10.2016 Demonstration, construction, party As you may know, the French government plans to build a new international airport next to Notre-Dames-des-Landes in France, which implies the destruction of traditional (...)

  • Defend the zad – a call for international solidarity

    20 September 2016

    October 8th & 9th 2016 For over 50 years, farmers and locals have resisted the building of a new airport for the French city of Nantes (which by the way already has one). Now in these rich fields, forests and wetlands, which multinational Vinci want to cover in concrete, an experiment in reinventing everyday life in struggle is blossoming. Radicals from around the world, local farmers and villagers, citizen groups, trade unionists and naturalists, refugees and runaways, squatters and (...)

  • Ventimiglia : migrants overcome border policies

    8 August 2016

    Press Release issued by the European Civic Forum This week more than 400 people from a wide range of collectives and movements worldwide met in Longo Mai for the Congress of the European Civic Forum. We would like to stress our position concerning the events that have taken place over the last few days at the France-Italy border. For several months now, repressive measures adopted against migrants are strengthened, particularly in Ventimiglia. Crossing the France-Italy border is becoming (...)

  • The strugge of Notre-Dame-des-Landes face the consultation

    14 May 2016

    Soon after the extremely strong and continuously increasing mobilisations of December, January and February 2016 against the planned evictions, the government attempted a strategy : on one hand, they announced a study on alternative solutions to the construction of a new airport, on the other they introduced a referendum on the project of an airport in Notre Dame des Landes, which was soon renamed a « consultation ». At that same moment, the inhabitants of the ZAD all became evictionable, (...)

Campaign News

  • news from the 25th of january to the 31

    28 January 2016

    Monday January 25 The big news for today is evidently the verdict of the trial against our comrades who are having their houses taken by eminent domain. Without surprise, the judge refused to transfer the affair, as the defense lawyer had asked, questioning the constitutionality of the trial. The judge declared the farms immediately evictable, along with three families who don’t have their main residence on the zone. He “gave” a two month delay to the others. He did refuse Vinci, whose lawyer (...)

  • Direct Flash Infos 11th to 17th of january

    12 January 2016

    Ouest-France article. Three tractor drivers were arrested monday around 6pm at Saint-Etienne-de-Montluc. They were participating in a “snail operation” against the airport project. Port-Saint-Père, Aigrefeuile, between Joué-sur-Erdre and Nort-sur-Erdre, Blain, Savenay: five blockages and “snail operations” were organized this monday in the region. The collective of airport opponents COPAIN 44 intended to keep the pressure on after the big demonstration which gathered 20,000 people Saturday in (...)

Practical informations

  • In case of arrest

    9 January 2013

    In case of arrest: If you are arrested, alert the people around you so they can inform the legal team. If you witness an arrest, call the number of the legal team which is on this flyer, and give: a physical description of the person arrested aswell as the clothes they are wearing, aswell as the time, the circumstances and place of the arrest. Never give any name over the telephone, nor any kind of information about the crimes maybe commited (for example: “my friend was doing a tag...”). (...)

  • List of materials that could be useful here

    29 November 2012

    To start, two specific requests in "human resources" .. is looking for a dentist who is willing to receive people free or in exchange for donations and also an osteopath List updated November 28, 2012 * New updates for construction and medic! Bicycles! Caravans for auto-Media and the medic team Boots and Socks Chocolate and tobacco (or we could manage it ourselves) She-pees Oil Lamps (to see after 18h!) aluminum tape We had two forges in the Chestnut plantation and the cops (...)

Groupes de la ZAD

Texts

Audiovisual ressources

  • When the trees shake

    13 March 2013

    A documentary made by ZAD automedia about the big forest (forêt de Rohanne) before and after the evictions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Bm6vMyDVr4 http://archive.org/details/ZadNddlQuandLesArbresSagitentWhenTheTreesShake Soon in better quality and with subtitles that are easier to read :)

  • When the Trees fume

    3 March 2013

    In french and in english. From the team that brought you When the Trees Shake this film starts off where the last one ended. Begining with the skillshare week held in the Rohanne forest, the film goes on to show how the evictions continued escalating, culminating with the announcement of a temporary halt to the destruction of natural areas in the zone. This film also addresses issues around ecology, our own ecological impact, different tactics employed and violence within the struggle. A (...)

Anti Répression

  • Assassinats policiers : on n’oublie pas !

    29 octobre

    Le 22 octobre 2017 à Sivens, 3 ans après l’assinat de Rémi fraisse par la police, l’avocate de sa famille a lu ce texte. La famille toujours la notification du non lieu, nécéssaire pour continuer la bataille juridique. Grenades, Grenade qui es-tu ? Grenade que fais-tu ? Grenade qui tues-tu ? Argent qui es-tu ? Argent que fais-tu ? Argent qui tues-tu ? Vital qui es-tu ? Rémi que fais-tu ? Nature qui nous tue ? Vital Michalon a été assassiné en 1977 par une grenade offensive OF1, la même que (...)

  • Hautes-Alpes : (Ne pas) Faire confiance à la police (française)

    27 août

    Officiellement, les forces de police et de gendarmerie assurent leur mission de maintien de l’ordre en s’assurant de respecter un code de déontologie qui subordonne leur action au strict respect de la Déclaration des droits de l’Homme et du citoyen, de la Constitution, des conventions internationales et des lois, et exige notamment intégrité, impartialité, aide et assistance aux personnes. Dans la zone frontalière franco-italienne, nous nous interrogeons sur la confiance à accorder à ce bel (...)

Vinci & cie

Comrades in struggle

Press

  • Ventimiglia : migrants overcome border policies

    8 August 2016

    Press Release issued by the European Civic Forum This week more than 400 people from a wide range of collectives and movements worldwide met in Longo Mai for the Congress of the European Civic Forum. We would like to stress our position concerning the events that have taken place over the last few days at the France-Italy border. For several months now, repressive measures adopted against migrants are strengthened, particularly in Ventimiglia. Crossing the France-Italy border is becoming (...)

  • The strugge of Notre-Dame-des-Landes face the consultation

    14 May 2016

    Soon after the extremely strong and continuously increasing mobilisations of December, January and February 2016 against the planned evictions, the government attempted a strategy : on one hand, they announced a study on alternative solutions to the construction of a new airport, on the other they introduced a referendum on the project of an airport in Notre Dame des Landes, which was soon renamed a « consultation ». At that same moment, the inhabitants of the ZAD all became evictionable, (...)