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Protesters and police face off at Notre-Dame-des-Landes
Thousands of people are gathered in western France Wednesday for a demonstration against plans to build a new airport near the city of Nantes, the home base of Socialist Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. The plan has opened divisions in the ruling coalition with MPs from the Green party, EELV, promising to join the protesters.
Around 10,000 farmers, former residents, ecologists, politicians and local officials are to rally in Notre-Dame-des-Landes to "reoccupy" the 1,700 hectares of agricultural land
Parliamentary elections 2012
where the airport is to be built.
Hard-left former presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon was set to join the protesters, as were Green presidential candidate Eva Joly and other members of her EELV party.