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 !



  • International Anti-nuclear Summer Camp 2018

    24 December 2017

    Hello to all anti-nuclear interested people and activists! We would like to draw your attention to the date of the next International Anti-nuclear Summer Camp 2018 from 6th - 12th of August in France. When: 6th to 12th August 2018 What: Gathering and networking for anti-nuclear groups and interested people and activists Where: Near Narbonne, France More information will follow soon in the new year. We would like to take the opportunity of a short reference on a current topic related (...)

  • To the water protectors: solidarity with Standing Rock from the ZAD

    16 April 2017

    Solidarity with Standing Rock from the ZAD To the water protectors: We write to you from the zad of Notre Dame des Landes in France, a zone in struggle against an infrastructural project imposed by the State to make profit for a multinational corporation. Seven years ago, some resisting inhabitants launched a callout to occupy the land and abandoned houses. In coming to live here where an airport is planned, our desires are multiple: living in a territory in struggle, to be able to act (...)

  • 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 (...)

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

  • « Voyage en outre-gauche » en compagnie de son auteure Lola Miesseroff

    15 mars

    Vendredi 13 avril 20h à la bibliothèque du Taslu Présentation du livre « Voyage en outre-gauche » en compagnie de son auteure Lola Miesseroff et des éditions Libertalia. De 1968 en France, on ne retient en général que des clichés chocs ou chics : les barricades au Quartier latin, les voitures qui brûlent, des slogans (« il est interdit d’interdire », « sous les pavés la plage »), la pénurie d’essence, les soixante-huitards baba cools et ceux qui, passés « du col Mao au Rotary », ont fait depuis de « (...)

  • [EMISSION Radio Klaxon] La ZAD, à l’abandon de l’aéroport, c’était flou.

    12 mars

    Une tentative de quelques occupant-e-s d’expliquer où on en est, février 2018. Depuis l’annonce de l’abandon du projet d’aéroport, le 17 janvier dernier, la situation change à une vitesse folle, et les enjeux sont complexes au sein du mouvement contre l’aéroport et son monde. On s’est rendu-e-s compte que c’est assez difficile à comprendre et à suivre, d’autant plus quand la distance géographique s’ajoute. Dans cette émission, on a donc voulu essayer d’expliquer un peu où on en est, à plusieurs voix (...)


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. 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

Vinci & cie

Comrades in struggle


  • 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, (...)