Bure a Bar: a short and subjective overview of the 16th of June

Four month after the eviction of the occupied forest Bois Lejuc (1), at the 16th of june there was a demo at Bar-le-Duc against CIGEO(2) which brought 3000 people to the streets(3).

Here is a short summarize about some happenings on this day. For sure it’s not complete and this article does not represent everyone’s opinion.

The day started with discussions, food and distros from very different protagonists in the struggle. Later in the afternoon the actual demo started.

The way how the people expressed their opposition was very diverse. People were making choregraphies, farmers came with their tractors, the clowns made some creative mess together with two gigantic owls puppet made of wood and cotton. More than a hundred people used the black bloc tactics to target companies that belong to / work for ANDRA (4), as well as a job center, and to cover the walls along the way with slogans against CIGEO, patrarchy, capitalism and so on. Of course this mixture of strategies didn’t work out without raising conflicts, as for example pacifists using physical violence to stop people from attacking companies. But there where as well moments when unmasked dancing people made a barrier between cops and black-blocks to prevent the black block to be isolated from the rest of the demo or protecting injured people from getting arrested.

The demo ended in front of the prefecture (local government), later in the evening cops arrested several people around and at the place, controlling cars and people at the country-roads between Bar-le-Duc and Bure. As well a concert which was planned on the same evening was forbidden. The cops threatened they would raid the place if it would take place.

While the official medias reported 1 lightly injured person and 6 injured cops, the street medics dealed with over 30 injuries due to tonfa hits from which caused multiple heavy injures including mild concussion, several rubberbullet hits and people badly effected by face to face pepperspray. Several injured people had to go to hospital.

In total, around 15 people had been taken under arrest; one on the way to the demo, 4 during clashes inside the demo, and the rest during the evening until the middle of the night. Three people were convoked for immediate trial on Monday at the TGI of Bar-le-Duc, the others had been released without charges or with future convocation to court.

From our point of view, knowing the quite specific circumstances of this demonstration taking place in a small country side city, and putting together ecologists, legalists as well as anti-capitalist anarchists, with their respective ways of action, we think it was a quite interesting and unexpected demo.

After knowing Bar-le-Duc mainly from going to trials, it was the first time we take its streets and express our rage about all the evictions and repression of the last months.

We hope to be able to see our arrested comrades soon on free foot.

Written by some nestless ravens of Bure


(2) centre industriel de stockage géologique


(4) Agence National de gestion des Dechets Radioactifs = National company who is responsible for managing


Tuesday Februray 22, at 6:15 am, 15 gendarmes’ vans have entered the Bois Lejuc, near to Bure, and proceeded to its eviction. In total, 500 cops were mobilized. Later that day, riot cops also raided the House of Resistance in the village of Bure, to arrest all its occupants.

Info Threads

Live info thread of the eviction Day 1 & 2 + First press release from the owls + New police pressure on the HouseEviction of a treehouse + D+3 after the beginning of the eviction + D+4 after the beginning of the eviction + D+5 after the beginning of the eviction + D+6 after the beginning of the eviction


Destruction of the North Barricade + An escorted walk in the forest + We are here, we will be there! + A bittersweet paper for actual and future friends 


Video of the February 22

Legal Team reports

Report from the Legal team + Summary of the legal actions against ANDRA

Call to join the Intercommittees Weekend

Mob weekend March 3-4 + New decrees affecting circulation in Bure and Mandres-en-Barrois


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Mob weekend March 3-4: updates and first elements of the program!

Here is a first text to inform a maximum of people about the situation in Bure, the weekend of March 3-4, its program and some logistic infos.

Update about the situation on 27/02

Since February 22, after the spectacular eviction of the Lejuc wood, many people continued to occupy the trees, to walk in the forest in order to observe the police, to see if the works are starting and to bring first necessities to the remaining treehouses. Others focused on the legal support for everyone who went to the police station for ID check, custody and for the two friends in preventive detention. Many are busy with welcoming the people freshly arrived to the House of Resistance or in other different locations where we live. And with all this we take care of each others in such hard times.

Meanwhile, the prefecture continues its militarization of the zone and brings new hallucinating decrees to forbid the circulation around the Lejuc wood… On Monday February 26, trucks and diggers has been seen working inside the forest. It will most probably continue during the week. We try to keep you posted via the The situation is extremely unpredictable, so come back often for updates!

The Intercommittees Weekend will happen

In the middle of the storm, the mob weekend of March 3-4 will help us to move forward. Every day we continue to prepare to host the hundreds of people who plan to come. The sleeping logistic is on the way, same with the collective canteens. In the actual context, many things remain unforeseeable and we have to improve quite a lot. All the self-organizing energies will be welcome for this weekend, for the afterward and to face the state violence following the eviction and the permanent harassment from the police.

The 22th of February was not only an eviction: it was also an unbelievable solidarity wave of 70 gatherings in France and in Europe; 300 people gathered in Paris, 200 did an illegal demonstration in Nantes or Rennes, 20 did a tram blockade in Strasbourg, windows of EDF were stoned in Toulouse, flyers were distributed on public spaces in Lons-le-Saunier, solidarity pictures came from Gorleben and Leipzig in Germany and Skouries in Greece… New support committees are getting created in Vienna, in the Finistère and Metz (France). The government talks about the eviction of some fifteen people in the Lejuc wood but it is hundreds of folks who took the streets everywhere. And that is something they will never be able to evict.

The weekend of March 3-4, we wish that all the existing or future committees, as well as everyone who wants to join the struggle in Bure, will be able to make themselves visible. We propose some ideas to be only taken as proposals: for example, to prepare creative banners or bring the ones that were used in solidarity actions after the eviction. Or to bring white clothes, paint and customized owl masks. We also ask if people coming could bring tents, warm clothes, boots, headlights, food, etc., to be as autonomous as possible. We try to prepare sleeping places for all, but it’s safer if everyone makes their own plans in case we are too many.

There is also an emergency list of equipment needed  here: French)

Note on pictures, images and sound recording

Coming here, everyone must take into account that we are going through a very hard repression period. Police forces try all they can to identify us and press charges. Please do not take images norsound. If you want to record some material for the struggle, please contact the automedia team. We won’t tolerate, by necessity, any images and sounds taken outside of the automedia team. If you have good cameras and want to help out, we might be interested!

Program of the weekend

The program is not totally set and we are still discussing it. We said before the eviction that we really wanted to take the time to discuss in large numbers about how we could reinforce the struggle in France and Europe, and we still want this to happen (amongst other stuff). It is also possible to propose all kind of workshops for the whole weekend!

For now, the first elements of the program are:

Friday 2nd, evening

Welcoming teams at the House of Resistance of Bure (BZL) to help to dispatch the sleeping places, the chores, etc. At 6:30 pm, a main information point will take place before dinner in BZL.

Saturday 3rd
  • Ine the morning (In Mandres-en-Barrois) :
    • 8:30 am : breafast
    • 9:30 am – 12:30 pm: discussions and workshops between the different support committees and the people who want to join the struggle in Bure.
    • 12:30 pm : LUNCH
  • Afternoon, from 2 pm : From Mandres, collective departure for a walk towards the forest and the construction of a look-out post (Vigie) on the edge of the forest…
  • Party !
Sunday 4th:

Follow-up on Saturday’s activities!

  • From 10 am : lets meet up in Mandres-en-Barrois to continue the discussions and workshops, depending on the wishes. Workshop proposals:
    • Preparation of a theater play about Bure!
    • Discussion about the organizing of an event in the Center of France for Tchernobyl anniversary end of April beginning of May!
    • Lots of other stuff to propose and imagine!

Alongside this program, many other things will probably happen : some festive chaos, lot of improvisation. We will make sure that everyone can find their place and feel good.

We hope you will come in great number to this weekend (and before, and after)!

Some owls from Bure.

Summary of the legal actions against ANDRA

Actions against the CIGEO project:

– Geothermal energy (actually at the Court of Appeal)

The Bure site has a pretty good geothermal potential. To hide this potential and to promote the construction of CIGEO, the ANDRA realized a drilling in 2008 without respecting the standards and has manipulated the presentation of the results. The Network « Sortir du nucléaire » and five local asssociations have sued the ANDRA for non-respecting its disclosure of information.

– CIGEO project’s cost

By deference towards EDF, Areva and the CEA, which wanted to fund the less possible for the burying of the most radioactive wastes, Ségolène Royal fixed by decree the cost to 25 billions Euros, a largely underestimated cost. 5 associations are suing this decree in front of the State Council.

Actions about the Bois Lejus:

– Complaint for forgery against the Mayor of Mandres

The 15th of May 2017, several inhabitants of Mandres have brought a complaint against the mayor for forgery. Indeed, he has produced at least 3 versions of different deliberations of the municipal council meeting of the 2nd of July 2015. Moreover, in the engagement to exchange the property of the Bois Lejuc signed with the ANDRA on the 6th of January 2016 signed before a notary public, this one has declared that the deliberation of the municipal council meeting « has not been contested in front of the administrative court » … But such a legal suit has been brought 3 weeks before; it has been preceded by an informal appeal signed by 31 inhabitants on the 21st of August 2015. The mayor could not have ignored this fact.

– Irregular Cession of the Bois Lejuc to the ANDRA

The 18th May 2017, the municipal council meeting of Mandres-en-Barrois has been summoned to vote about the property of the Bois Lejuc, after the cancellation by the administrative court of Nancy on the deliberation of the 2nd of July 2015. Under a massive police surveillance, the cession of the Bois Lejuc to the ANDRA has been voted by 6 votes against 5. A new appeal has been brought against this vote by 33 inhabitants of the municipality. The interlocutary court hearing has been held the 31st of May 2017, at the administrative tribunal of Nancy, during which the Mandres municipality and the ANDRA has brought aimed claims with no real legal basis. The decision has been rendered on the 6th of June 2017. The court has rejected the interlocutary complaint of the inhabitants without clear motives. This case is far from being over: the appeal is still to be studied.

– Challenge to the decree of distraction of the forest and non-submission

The Bois Lejuc has been the object of an exchange between the ANDRA and the Mandres municipality. Following this convention, a decree of distraction has been declared by the Prefecture of the Meuse, withdrawing the management of the forest from the ONF (the national office of forestry). Inhabitants of the municipality and several associations have filed an informal appeal then a contentious appeal against this decree.

Following the convention exchange between the Mandres municipality and the ANDRA, the forest should have been submitted to the ONF forestry regime. A demand to apply this regime has been sent to the prefecture and to the ONF. The 2 demands have been rejected. A contentious appeal has been brought on the 9th of February 2018.

– Barrier against the allowance for the land clearing of the Bois Lejuc

In the framework of the CIGEO project, the ANDRA planned to file an important demand to authorize the land clearing in Fall 2018. The goal is to conduct exploratory work needed to the surface installations in the « wells area ». Not having enough surfaces to compensate the land clearing, the ANDRA has launched a call for applications to forest owners, either private or public, in Meuse and Haute-Marne. On the 17th of November 2017, the municipality of Dainville has voted a project to reforest its lands with the ANDRA. An informal appeal has been brought against the municipal council.

Actions about the day of the 22nd of February 2018:

– Complaint for home invasion and illegal police search at the Bure’s house:

Latest victory!

A notification of the Environmental Authority of the 22nd of March 2017 dispensed the ANDRA to realize an impact study for the drillings, the land clearing and the destruction of habitats of protected species for all the operations to caracterize the future sites for nuclear wastes burying. An informal appeal had been brought. Following this appeal, the  Environmental Authority had decided to retire the 22nd of March decision because the submitted project by the ANDRA included numerous drillings that should have been automatically submitted to impact study.

The ANDRA has been obliged to bring another demand to examine case by case by the  Environmental Authority; this demand has been made the 12th of September 2017. The Environmental Authority should have rendered its notification on the 17th of October 2017 but, instead, it has been noted that « the absence of answer in a 35-day period implied a mandatory environmental impact study ». The ANDRA is now constrained to realize an environmental evaluation for the all operations of characterization (drillings and land clearing) before any authorization.

D+6 after the beginning of the eviction of the wood

The preparations for the coming weekend are going well, everyone is helping. It’s gonna be two days of madness. Warning, the prefecture decrees are still going on. Few controls and vehicle searches occured today around Bure.

2.30pm: The cops are searching a vehicle in front of the House of Resistance. People are going out to confront the cops, who therefore used gases. Pressure strategy.

Nota Bene: Many of our publications are linked to the police, since we have been cohabitating with them for a few months already – even more these last few days – which drags along all the problems involved with this proximity. But do not worry. A lot is being done. We are not only fighting with the cops.