French police clash with eco-activists in woods near Nantes

French police are trying to evict environmental activists from a wooded site in western France where a new airport was to have been built.

Police used tear gas at the Notre-Dames-des-Landes site against hundreds of activists, who built makeshift barricades and set some ablaze.

In January the government scrapped the controversial project to build a new airport near the city of Nantes.

politicians had hoped the new hub would boost the region's economy.

About 2,500 gendarmes were deployed for the eviction, which began at 06:00 (04:00 GMT).

They blocked nearby roads to isolate the squatters, many of whom have been occupying the site illegally for years.


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