Infotour

Touristic visit of the Bois Lejuc for 3000€

We heard about the new touristic attraction in Meuse : the Bois Lejuc that you can visit for 500€ per hour (according to a new interesting juridic document you get a fine of 5000€ for every hour you spend in the forest).

we through that for this price it maybe worth visiting it. We started our walk passing by the big oak. The cabin is still there but the increase in price did go together with a decrease of altitude of the cabin and it doesn’t seem to be that comfortable to sleep there anymore.

 

 

 

no trace of the road left

while continuing our luxurious walk we saw that the Andra is removing the roads they had build themselves less than 2 years ago and that have never been used by vehicles. But don’t worry if you are interested in visiting the forest by car, Andra will probably rebuild the same roads in the following months.

 

 

 

 

 

by the way the village of Bonnet is also building a road in the wood just besides so il looks as if building and removing roads was a highly appreciated activity in this area.

In some places where the vegetation had managed to recover after Andra had illegally deforested, they now restore it aiming at the state right after the cutting without any plants.

 

 

 

 

 

Possibly in order to justify the cost of visiting the forest, Andra choose to add some touristic attractions by building new mountains with the gravel of the road.

 

 

 

 

 

Shortly after, we have been able to see that indeed there has been some vandals in the forest after the eviction.

 

 

 

We weren’t able to enjoy the quietness of the forest because of the constant noise of jeep-engeins, what a shame for that price!

we just have a picture of they track

But to compensate for the fact that so far the visit was mostly disappointing we saw some of the forest animals : two horses from la garde republicaine ( fancy French military unit) with nice shining neon yellow jackets ( and cops with a matching outfit). We have been so dazzled by their grace and their jackets that we forget to take pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

we had a hard time leaving the forest because a barricade made of big stones was blocking the way ( the new occupiers of the forest are building more solid barricades than the ones before).

This visit should have cost 3000€ for the two of us but unfortunately we didn’t find the cashing place. We would have asked you to send us the bill but you have destroy our mailbox while destroying vigie sud.

entering in the forest at 2 cost 1000€

1 hours after it is 2000€

now it is 3000€

Tuesday, day two after the inter-committee weekend in and around Mandres-en-Barrois (Region: Meuse).

Repression:

Bar le Duc, the district around the court is occupied by the CRS (police).

In the morning there’s a trial against a person, accused of carrying a “cake-spoon” and 2 knifes. The prosecutor asked for 2 month of prison on parole. The court will decide on the 24th of april.

 

In the afternoon there’s a pretrial against a friend arrested on Sunday. He refused to get an immediate trial. The prosecutor asked to keep him until the trial, but the judge decided to put him under juridical control and to forbid him to come in “Meuse” until his trial.

The trial will be the 04th of April.

 

The six other friends caught on Sunday are released throughout the afternoon, after 48 hours in custody. The trial against them will be on the 23rd of Mai at 14h in Bar le Duc.

 

Throughout the day, many of us were there, to support our friends.

 

News from the Forest:

Continuously, trucks are leaving the forest ; protected by the police and carrying wood and pieces of the wall.

 

Sunday, second day of the inter-committee weekend in and around Mandres-en-Barrois (Region: Meuse).

Like the day before, people came from Bure in a Group to join the activities in Mandres.

Throughout the whole day, the satursday’s inter-committee discussions continued, talking about how to organize in the committees and how to fight.

Beside that, people gathered for another attempt to go to the forest. Again, there was a few hundred people that left the village, but this time without the parts of the watchtower. The march wasn’t taking the direct path to the forest, but instead went in direction of Bonnet, crossing the “Ormancon” river and than went North through the fields and small forests. Helicopter and Plane of Andra were circling in the air.

At some point, the gendarmerie approached from West and North, blocking the way of the people. From then, people spread in the fields, trying to make a circle around the lpolice’s lines. Confronting them again and again in different ways and on various points of their line which got more and more loose. The wind was blowing in the right direction, making the teargas hit the gendarmes themselves instead of the people. Still people didn’t manage to break through and when gendarmerie-forces appeared on South-East of the road between Mandres and Bonnet, people started to retread.

They regrouped on the road and then left in direction of Mandres, followed quickly by the gendarmes, whom made an ambush and catched 9 people.

The Group reached Mandres after some more confrontations on the way. The gendarmes followed into the village, shooting teargas and taking back “their” positions.

One person was set free after short time, 8 were kept in custody over night.

Some owls from Bure and surroundings.

Saturday, first day of the inter-committee weekend in and around Mandres-en-Barrois (Region: Meuse).

In the Morning the people that slept in the House of Resistance in Bure went in some kind of demonstration to Mandres without problems (it was forbidden by the prefecture to have any kind of demonstration in the region).

The police installed itself in the villages around, making the siege, which is anyway in place since the eviction, heavier than before.

Few hours of inter-committee discussions took place in the Barn of the new house, switching between assembly and small-group discussions. At least 10 existing committees and 11 committees in construction took part in the discussions.

After the discussion time, people prepared themselves for the demo in direction of the “bois Lejuc”, which is the formerly occupied forest, evicted 9 days before. There was the proposal from part of the people to build a watch-point next to the former south-barricade, on a field owned by a friend. Something not really illegal.

The police left some of their positions in Mandres, so the way out of the village in direction of the forest was free. A few hundred people left the village on the path leading directly to the forest. Many people wearing masks, but also carrying parts of the watchtower, shields and reinforced banners.

On the crossroad between former south-barricade, Bure and Mandres the gendarmerie deployed itself, blocking the path to the forest and to the field for the watch-point. They had a water-cannon and something around 100-200 cops were there. A helicopter was circling in the air.

Before reaching the gendarmerie-forces, the demo stopped and spread in direction of the south-east part of the forest. Carrying the parts of the watch-point, people weren’t really fast/mobile. The Gendarmes reorganized their forces, forming a line, blocking the people from going in direction of the forest. People tried to break through with shields and reinforced banners but get pushed back by the gendarmes, using tonfas and teargas.

Small clashes took place at different points, but the gendarmerie-forces were way to heavy and managed to push the people back to the path, continuously using teargas.

So the demo moved back in direction of Mandres, with the gendarmes following behind, forming a line 20-40 meters away, on the east-side of the demo. On the half way back, part of the demo attacked the gendarmes walking on the side, resulting in more teargas being shot and the gendarmes leaving a bigger distance with the demo.

The demo came back to Mandres. The gendarmerie took back their positions in/around the village, putting the siege back in place.

Some owls from Bure and the surroundings.