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Press release : illegitimate vote, legal disaster, police invasion : the inexorable headlong rush of CIGEO

A village is in a state of siege over its city council,  the “300 000 pas” demonstration is under close surveillance, a helicopter hedge hops and flies above Bure, several groups of mobile policemen stand with helmets and shields in front of Lejuc wood on the morning : the prefecture and ANDRA are not de-escalating the conflict !


Not everything in the CIGEO garden is rosy. The CIGEO suffered its first defeat on the 1st of August 2016, when standing before the court of Bar-le-Duc, the tribunal decided clearing in Lejuc wood was illegal and that all work there had to stop. ANDRA experienced yet another juridical defeat on May 22, 2017, when ANDRA’s appeal against the August 1st court condemnation failed
and the court confirmed the illegality of any construction by ANDRA in
the forest and the fines they should pay for what they did. However, instead of keeping a low profile, CIGEO continued ordering its guards to watch the Lejuc Wood despite having violence complaints already filed against them. ANDRA also attempted to force its way into the wood with machines last January, causing a scandal when one of its engineers poured gasoline on activists holding a barricade that was blocking the road access. ANDRA’s attempts to impose itself result in a rise of shields; the mobilization in Bure revealed their aggressive and rushed strategy, which often remains hidden behind the mask of a social acceptability implemented within the last decade.

CIGEO’s overconfidence shows its incompetence and inconsistency. The company claims to have guaranteed the safe burial of radioactive waste for several decades, yet one can only worry about so much amateurism. Beyond its nonsensical communication tactics and mafia practices, ANDRA has, for several months, shown a complete inability to face the situation at hand. The numerous appeals filed against the agency in recent months demonstrate the growing weakness of the CIGEO project. Their glossy-papered plans multiply, all the while they struggle to demonstrate their credibility

Environmental research (deliberately) done poorly, aggressive land acquisitions, political corruption: ANDRA shows a very dark future for the entire southern Meuse. It tried to bribe the municipal councilors of Mandres to vote in favour of the exchange of the wood, as well as it using and then lying about a mayor who tried his best to save the ship from sinking.  In the end, it is not at the Andra’s Ile-de-France headquarters in Châtenay-Malabry that a complaint will be filed against the mayor for forgery and uttering, or that we’ll consider the appeal filed by 35 inhabitants for a vote potentially made with a conflict of interest, or that we will have to deal with a divided and exhausted community.

More and more, ANDRA reveals that its promises were in fact false promises. Mayors get cold feet, residents finally dare to speak about what went wrong, and rancor takes root. Yet, the prefecture and ANDRA keep walking hand in hand; the first being an accomplice of the second, both working to dissuade and intimidate  the activists and inhabitants who are no longer afraid to raise their voice. Police continue to be omnipresent : identity checks, traffic violations, and convocations to a hearing rain down on those who support the fight against CIGEO.

Claiming that they want to prevent the environmental degradations that ANDRA has caused for over 20 years, some radical activists are determined to not go backward. The prefecture and its executioner, the ubiquitous commander Dubois, use increasingly mind-boggling and disproportionate police tactics : military jeeps and trucks, surveillance drones, hidden cameras, riot barriers in the streets of Mandres, helicopter rounds every week, daily patrols in front of the House of Resistance, systematic deployment of mobile policemen at all our events.

Therefore, let’s not confuse things : all people agree that the atmosphere is much more peaceful when no policemen or guards appear on the horizon. If someone has to take responsibility for the intensification of this conflict, it should be, without a doubt, the prefecture and ANDRA. They have created a permanent atmosphere of insecurity and extreme tension. It is not surprising that emotions and tempers are heated by increased controls and surveillance, as well as the very regular police raids on the Lejuc Wood outskirts. We run out of patience: the explosion of anger last Thursday in Mandres, when the police interrupted and shoved a tribute to a deceased activist in order to make a way for the mayor of the village.

ANDRA’s unclear communication has given way to the contemptuous brutality of the prefecture: the tone has been set, the CIGEO project will impose itself by the force of the truncheon.

We saw this violence in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, and it that triggered a wonderful impulse for national and international solidarity. Without the constructive determination we use to oppose the CIGEO and its partners, there will be the repression that, more and more, turns into Bure the Notre-Dame-des-Landes of eastern France. In the past few months, the media and hundreds of people have come to understand that this fight is not only about nuclear wastes management. It is opposing a capitalist and hostile plan, both here and in fighting zones all over the world.

From Standing Rock to Hambach, via Notre-Dame-des-Landres or Rosia Montana, we have one transversal struggle that takes shape in practices and convictions.


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What happened : May 2017

Thuesday, 23 May, police attacks on Lejuc barricades


11.20 AM : after a quick controntation between some friends watching on the north barricade and 15 mobile gendarmes, the squadron commander Bruno Dubois withdrew his troops but warns that police pressure won’t stop. We remind him that new appeals have just been made for Lejuc wood.

11.00 AM : the cops are between the north watchtower and the north barricade. A barricade is put on fire in the north to keep them away



10.30 AM : the cops might be near the north barricade : to be confirmed (no alert for now)


10.17 AM : the cops first moved back to the antenna, then to Mandres.

10.10 AM : the first barricade is on fire in front of the south watchtower to keep the gendarmes at a distance.




10 AM : a dozen of mobile gendarmes put helmets and shields and go to the first barricade. 3 cars block the road to the antenna.

09.55 AM : two mobile gendarmes trucks are in front of the barricade. The gendarmes go out of the car. They seem aggressive and walk to the barricade.




Thursday 18 May 2017, Mandres-en-Barrois city council


Mandres-en-Barrois city council holds a meeting at 8 PM. Only one topic on the agenda : regularizing Lejuc’s wood*  property by voting through a new consultation. On the 28th of February, the administrative court of Nancy invalidated the previous negotiation held on july 2nd 2015 at 6AM for being full of irregularities, and summoned Mandres municipality to sort out the situation for 4 months.

This municipal council is one more democratic masquerade in a project that has made social acceptability art. Therefore, we called for a massive gathering in front of the town hall square.

5.15 PM : we leave Bure disguised, walking in a mass march formation to the town hall of Mandres. Batucada, cheerful atmosphere.

5.43 : 50 mobile gendarmes block all access to the twon hall. Such a beautiful democratic masquerade : putting on the shoulders of 10 under pressure elected representatives of a 130 inhabitants village, the exchange of the wood that allows the beginning of the biggest European industrial project construction work ; and asking the police to protect the place where they have to discuss it , so that no one who’s against it will be able to say a word.

6.09 PM : we arrive at Mandres

6.15 PM : a lot of cops. All access to the town hall are blocked by riot barriers.

Around 8 PM : only a few people have been authorized to go in. The mobile gendarmes hit us to make the city councilors go in.

8.15 PM : the municipal council begins in a tense atmosphere. Some of us have been allowed to go in. The 11 councellors are present. The mayor recalls the facts, and what are ANDRA conditions regarding the exchange.

8.25 PM : during the meeting, one elected representative friend asks to talk before the vote: the mayor refuses… We make as much noise as we can to be heard into the council room.

8.30 PM : the secret ballot is held. Someone asks why is the mayor not asking if any counsellors are involved in any conflicts of interest.

8.36 PM : we sing and scream the famous “ANDRA DÉGAGE RÉSISTANCE ET SABOTAGE” (ANDRA GO AWAY: RESISTANCE AND SABOTAGE) with the batucada.

8.42 PM : vote results : 6 in favour of the exchange ; 5 The outcome of this vote will not break our determination. Next meetings : the “300 000 pas” to Saint-Dizier, and an action week from 19/06 to 26/06 (more informations coming soon)

Some inhabitants are going to appeal. Associations try to make more people join the fight and support those who occupy the wood.


*We’re occupying Lejuc wood since last summer

Tomorrow, Andra’a great circus will hold an exceptional performance in Mandres-en-Barrois !

Yesterday inhabitants from Mandres-en-Barrois had the priviledge of witnessing the great Andrastik Circus freak show arrival. The only performance will be held on Thursday at 8pm in the city hall, starring the mayor Xavier Levet who just got sued for forgery and using forged documents. We also impatiently await Emmanuel Hance who made an (almost) explosive buzz in January during his visit to the forest. And let us not forget Brutal and André, our favorite guard-gorillas, who surely won’t miss an occasion to keep the city hall “safe”.

In Bure, if ANDRA reoccupies the forest, lets evict them!

Call to all meet in Meuse starting now to defend the forest

In our strange Meuse country, it sometimes feels like time has become cyclical. For once global warming isn’t to blame, but rather seasonal authoritarian fever spikes around the Lejuc Forest, reoccupied since September 2016. On April 26th, after many judiciary procedures which gained us some time since December, the Bar-le-Duc court finally declared that the forest inhabitants were susceptible to eviction without delay. Now, on May 18th, Mandres-en-Barrois municipal council will meet to make a new decision to legalize the exchange of the Lejuc Forest. The Empire (and ANDRA) strike back.

We’ve had two months of respite, during which new people have settled, tree houses have been built, houses bought, 1500m² of potatoes and onions planted on squatted land, naturalist walks and witches week ends organized, etc, etc.

Now, it’s all starting again. After the “emergency summer” and the first eviction, “the indian summer” and the reoccupation, the “determined winter” with threats against the forest and marches against the lab, we now enter our “resisting spring”! The helicopters have started once more to tour daily, or even nightly. The cops, nasty vultures, are going around villages, making some villagers furious. Leaves and flowers are blooming everywhere, including on some barricades: Meuse is beautiful and is welcoming you, starting now.

So the forest can be evicted, but it hasn’t been yet. A few reminders about the “paper” barricades – which always fall in the end but help us gain time to strengthen our (op)position: the decision which had enabled ANDRA to own the forest was invalidated by a court order on February 28th. So this forest legally never stopped being the property of Mandres-en-Barrois inhabitants. It’s not over yet about the decision to be made on May 18th. From March to July many bird species are nesting in the forest, which blocks the authorization to cut trees. Moreover a good dozen of protected species – a forest cat, bats, birds…- have been identified in the forest in the last few months. And about the real, actual barricades, the houses and look out posts… it is only up to us to solidify them, starting now!

Very little was said about “environment” or nuclear power during this French presidential non-campaign which resembled a poorly written, plot twisted reality tv show; 2007 is far away, with its Hulot “ecological pact” and the Grenelle of Environment show. The 2012 promise to shut Fessenheim down remained, until the very end, but a promise. In 2017 people talked about “scandals”, immigration-terrorism-racism and safety-police. The nuclear waste will be buried like the slums or the proletarians in popular neighborhoods and struggles: with a police-militia becoming more fascistic every day and more “autonomous” in its action. Bure is the prolongation in a hyper rural area of the repressive experiments of an ever increasingly authoritarian power.

And the election of a clean shaved white teethed “anti systemic” and “pro change” banker (rather than a fascistic carnivorous woman) isn’t going to change anything -except perhaps the rhythm – to the deadly march of capitalistic, racist and authoritarian hell. Whether one is fighting against a nuclear waste dump, an airport, police, borders, a social plan, systemic oppression, it is always the same hell one is trying to break through and to pause even if just for a moment. Struggling against everything that dominates us, comes down to building an infinity of other spaces by ourselves, other independent life and struggle communities, other songs, other dreams, other relations where one doesn’t have to sell oneself, without the approval of any given authority.

In the twisted language of those who pretend to rule over us, such tentative spaces, such growing struggles, are nothing but “tumors”. Lets take them at their word: this world is cancerous, lets give it a tumor indeed to joyfully pierce so that its pus can bleed all over the wretched face of a rotting order. Lets be nice, and welcome this new baby faced despot of wild capitalism and all his clique of eager would be entrepreneurs with a gift of our own: a fancy coronation with a struggle we fully commit to and publicly and politically assume in the heart of our 220 hectares forest.

Starting now – and as usual- every presence in Bure is crucial. Let us refrain from feeling triumphant or from any war mongering fantasies: we know that what we build is fragile, yet we are ready to bet all our love in it. We also know that even though we are far more now living here than a year ago, we are still not strong enough to push back on every front we wish to. There will be in the months to come in Bure a need indeed for shields, trenches, barricades but also and perhaps mainly a need for songs, massages, cultivating squatted fields, living together, wondering about ourselves and our relationships… there will be mostly though a need for joy, caring and caring for each other if we are to continue building a desirable life here to make their planned desert a lie.

We are waiting for you!




  • Starting now lets converge towards Bure to reinforce the forest occupation: there is space, there is people to welcome you, bring equipment to be self reliant as much as possible: tents, sleeping bags, boots, food, lamps, climbing gear, construction gear and tools…

  • On May 18th PROTEST at 6pm in front of Mandres-en-Barrois city hall to put pressure on the council and prevent them for legalizing ANDRA’s property of the forest: bring food and drinks, metal pans, music instruments, banners, etc! More info to come on

  • May 20th : big 300 000 steps demo against the nuclearization of the territory in Bure. More info on

  • June 17th & 18th  : Bure anti-carceral meeting, more info soon on

  • June 19th to 26th  : ACTION AND NESTING week: come “nest” in the forest with the cool forest owls to reinforce the occupation, and organize actions against ANDRA (and its (shit) world)! More info soon on


  • On the same day

    • Meeting at 6pm  at the Resistance House in Bure to support the evicted and decide what to do next

    • Meeting at 6pm in front of prefectures for those who are too far to come to Bure

  • Big demo  in the following weeks, updates on

  • Call for decentralized actions against promoters and subcontractors of the nuclear dump: Vinci, Eiffage, Edf, Andra, Areva, CEA…

18th may : Gathering in front of the city hall of Mandres !

One last pic nic before the nuclear desert ? 

Let’s prevent a new vote authorizing the exchange of Lejuc woods ! Gathering from 6 pm in front of the town hall of Mandres-en-Barrois!


On the 18th of May, the Mandres-en-Barrois city council will hold a meeting at 8 pm. Only one topic on the agenda : regularizing Lejuc’s wood property by voting through a new consultation. On the 28th of February, the administrative court of Nancy invalidated the previous negotiation held on july 2nd 2015 at 6AM for being full of irregularities, and summoned Mandres municipality to sort out the situation for 4 months. After 2 and a half months, here we are, Andra counterattacks : let’s gather massively to dissuade any vote in favour of the Lejuc’s wood exchange. Let’s bring drinks, food, music instruments , signs and banners , and overall, let’s be as many as we can ! This is a determinant turning point for the fight against the CIGEO project : we will not let Andra wear the mask of legality so easily !

This municipal council is one more democratic masquerade in a project that has made social acceptability art. Democratic masquerade for putting on the shoulders of 10 under pressure elected representatives of a 130 inhabitants village, the exchange of wood that allow the beginning of the biggest European industrial project construction work. Democratic masquerade by limiting the decision to the municipal council while in 2013, when it had to vote for the first project of wood exchanging, the same council decided that it could not take alone a decision which “would commit the future of the commune for thousands years”; while in 2013, during a consultation, the inhabitants of the village voted NO to the project, with a majority of 2 out of 3. Democratic masquerade while at least 5 out of the 11 elected representatives are implied in conflicts of interest : by obtaining hunting leases by Andra, by having some relatives working at ANDRA, by getting dozens of hectares of agricultural land in precarious leases by Andra, SAFER, etc. How could these “chosen ones” repel the hand that feeds them? How could we seriously believe that this council will be “neutral”, free from Andra influence? In the village and around, nobody is fooled.

All of this is hypocrisy, and the deliberation that is gonna to be made is by advance illegitimate. Actually, the fate of this wood -common property- concerns all those who, in Mandres, in Meuse but also everywhere else, love it, use it, live there, do not want to see it transformed into a nuclear desert. Let’s support massively the few courageous counselors who will vote NO to this exchange, and those who will abstain through our presence. The deliberation MUST refuse the exchange, or NOT STAND. And in any case, the forest will remain free of Andra until the project is abandoned !
Let’s be as many as possible! Tell your friends, your sister, your brother, your colleagues, all those who have not returned to Bure for a long time ! It is a tricky time in the fight against CIGEO ! We have boycotted the public debate in 2013, we have blocked construction work in the woods for almost a year, we brought down Andra’s gates last February ; on Thursday, May 18, we can, with the resistant inhabitants of Mandres, release the commune from ANDRA’s evil influence and stop the CIGEO project once again !

Let’s prevent a new vote allowing the exchange of Lejuc’s wood ! Gathering starts from 6 pm in front of the Mandres en Barrois city hall !

Practical information

  • Gathering from 6pm at the town hall square (place de la mairie). We expect to be a bunch at 8pm when the meeting begins! There might be cops so remember to check if your cars are in order in case you’re controlled.
  • Bring something to make a real feast, music instruments, streamers, disguises, pans, anything that can create a swinging concert to echo in a thousand of miles the voice of our resistance, while they want to decide secretly, in a small town hall room, the future of our territory for 100000 years.
  • Bring the information up ! / sauvonslaforet(at)riseup
  • Media contact +33 (0)7 53 54 07 / There’ll be a time for media at 7pm near the town hall with the different groups fighting against the CIGEO project