Alert: House searches, arrests and custodies!

Press release


  Today wednesday 20th of june 2018 the struggle against the cigeo project was hit by a wave of police raids. At 7 am the House of Resistance in Bure was searched. At this point the searches are still going on. 8 homes and collective places have been simultaneously searched. In all these places the reasons for the raids were barely or not at all given. The rogatory letters were  not presented in many cases. According to a press release by AFP (Agence France Presse) taking over the declarations of the prosecutor Glady, the raids are linked to “three cases from 2017”. Last september raids already happened under this pretext. Until now at least 8 people have been taken into custody after being subject to targeted arrestations. An exceptional search procedure has been used against a lawyer to enable his arrestation. The police operation is still going on and we suspect that the oucome of the day will still get worse.

  We want to underline that the incidents of today are the climax  of a week of intensified repression. The military occupation specifically targets our ability to gather and more generally our daily life on the territory. During this week there has been an even higher military presence around the villages of Mandres-en-Barrois and Bure than it has already been the case since the eviction of the forest, accompanied by car searches and an increased ammount of ID controls which included people getting taken to the police station for that purpose. During the day of the mobilization and the weekend of 16th/17th of june at least 19 arrestations took place. This monday three people received heavy sentences related to the demonstration of the 16th and two of them are presently in prison. Since the beginning of the week six persons have been arrested in Bure and its surroundings. This threat of being arrested is permanent and the means that are deployed are enormous (hundreds of officers of the military police – gendarmerie mobile, horses, drones, light plane, cameras of all kinds…). Despite this large state operation which is aimed at intimidating us, we continue to be determined in our struggle against the CIGEO project, against ANDRA and its world. We widely call for gatherings today at 6 pm in front of prefectures, embassies or consulates all over France and the world in order to show solidarity with this struggle, with the people currently in custody or imprisoned.

Some international owls who are following the situation

Action call out : the CIGEO monsters

We received this message that warns us about the launch of a campaign against CIGEO contractors. We find it quite interesting so we copy it here, enjoy! :

Action call out : the CIGEO monsters

In France, the national agency ANDRA is planning the construction of a huge center for burrying nuclear waste called CIGEO. The entire CIGEO project is a kind of Frankenstein which is made from the core ingredients of capitalist power. ANDRA – company on the front line of CIGEO is just the well made up face of this creature hiding the enormous complexity of connections between civil and military industry, state and finance sector. Digging a bit one can easily realize that divisions between civil and military, state and corporations, public and private, national and international are nonetheless just illusions.

Untill now, the main struggle against the nuclear dumpster took place in Bure in Meuse department (where the project is planned to be established) and surrounding departments. 30 years of struggle with a large palette of tactics like juridical attacks, pickets, demos, hundreds of different actions, occupations and sabotage allowed to delay CIGEO’s process. However it has its price. Capitalist and state alliance proved its determination increasing the land grabbing, the blackmailing and the repression like evictions, trials and jail. After last eviction of occupied Lejuc Forest, ANDRA, preparing itself to push further the project, is calling for contracts for drilling, construction, surveillance, security and risk management services. State already gave its hand by “securing” the place constantly keeping in Bure and surroundings high number of gendarme forces proving once again that nuclear power always means militarization.

It became visible that struggle focused only on local aspect might not be enough anymore. We have to start attacking the whole structure, and not only the visible top of the iceberg. This is the reason of this appeal.

Contractors of ANDRA are often international corporations. While the place of CIGEO project is more and more a military stronghold full of surveillance and state violence, the weak points of the whole structure could be find in other places. They can put enormous number of armed forces in one place but they are not able to secure all the places where the corporations working on CIGEO are. Let’s start focusing on all their weak points until ANDRA has no contractors anymore to do their dirty jobs.

We are not asking for any specific type of action : be creative and feel free to do whatever you would like to.

In France, the campaigns targets specifically a company called Ingérop. They are mostly present in France but also have agencies elsewhere in the world. On the other pages you will find lists of other companies that work for the Cigéo project.

After june 16th let’s continue in Bure

You had a wonderful day of discussion and demo the 16 ? But the party is not over yet ! Demonstrating in Bar le Duc is nice but taking care of the struggle against CIGEO directly where it is happening as well. It is why we decided to organise an after of the 16 which will take lots of faces.

We will start the sunday 17 with some discussions the morning in Bar <<Le Juc>> and a concert the evening in bure.

Then there will be a big week-end of workshops from wednesday 20 to sunday 24 taking place in the different living and struggling places around Bure. If for the moment we don’t live in the Bois Lejuc we are still developping other places to live and organize. Some words on what we want to make from this divided by themes.

In the nexts months, ANDRA could start to build the railway that will bring the nuclear waste or send big machines to cut the Wood, so we propose somes workshop to organise our resistance.

  • medic workshop
  • activist clown workshop
  • climbing workshop
  • preparing ourselves for custody

Cause we know that resisting to this big, shitty project they want to impose will be on a long term. we propose workshop to take care of ourselves

  • herbalist (gathering and preparing plant)
  • gardening
  • repairing Bike
  • theorical and parctical workshop on how to get better and support each others after repression
  • computer self-defense
  • discussion about the next step of the stuggle

And cause we want to party and to bond with each others. We propose some creative times to prepare or not the big party with an open scene of the 23.

  • rap Workshop
  • clown workshop
  • improvisation workshop
  • drums workshop

A bit of legal information :

The blue team is getting very active around here. there is not a day without people and cars getting searched. Cops cannot search cars or peoples neither ask for passengers ids in cars without a “réquisition” for the precise time and place. There are annoying so the least we can do is annoy them. BUT THEY WILL NOT PREVENT US FROM HAVING FUN AND STRGGLING AGAINST CIGEO AND ITS WORLD !

A bit of logistic information :

Of course we have places to sleep in sleepings or to put your tent and a cooking team.

Nothing new at bure, ah yes maybe a little something…

At the house of resistance, lately, the cops keep on patrolling around the house and some others stay 24/7 near the villagehall of bure and in others villages nearby, they are also patrolling around the others places/houses of friendsactivists on the zone.

this afternoon :

in front of the house of resistance, 2 friendsactivists and 1 journalist are being controled, 1 had been palpated

close to the control…

The persons who had been controled were able to go without problems, the cops too… (pity)

walk in the forest for 7000€

While wandering on the internet we came across this nice press release by ANDRA.

short translation ; they secured (evicted) the wood for being able to :

  • repair the damage done to the wood
  • to comply with the court decision of 01.08.2016 (put back the forest in the state it was before they cut parts)
  • make the wood accessible again for walking around.

we hoped that they finish to restore the forest and promenading was now possible. Due to beautiful spring weather we were motivated to go wandering in the forest instead of in the internet. Before leaving we gathered some informations from the internet and found out that if we walk in the forest without authorization by ANDRA it will cost us 500€ by person by hour, due to a court decision ( more info below).

more information about the prescription at request and the 500€ fine if a person is inside the forest (Bois Lejuc) and/or blocking the work of ANDRA without being authorized by ANDRA, ANDRA can, by intermediation of a bailiff or a juridical cop, ask this person to leave or to stop blocking the work on pain of a fine of 500€ per hour. This is justified by reconditioning work (prescribed to ANDRA by the court of Bar Le Duc following their illegal cutting of trees), which would have been blocked by opponents. But the question is arising, why this prescription is lasting until September if the reconditioning works are already finished. Also Andras capacity to make law be edited in their favor is remarkable, even the juridical branch is creating a law for ANDRA even thought this usually is not within its scope of functions.

Since it was a beautiful day we wanted to start our walk immediately and not wait for ANDRAs authorization, so we decided that a walk in the forest must be worth 500€ per hour. While arriving at the entrance of the forest, we right away saw that ANDRA wanted to recognize the history of resistance within this forest, by keeping the tradition of barricades. Now that the sign “Welcome to the north barricade” was changed for a sign saying “private property, of limits”, the forest must surely be open for promenaders.

We entered the forest curious to see how the reconditioning works had advanced. According to ANDRAs press release they had to repair the all the damage done by the occupants of the forest while building houses. We were able to see to which point the forest was better of without those.

But according to a court decision also ANDRA itself had slightly damaged the forest, by clearing parts, which they now were able to recondition.

The only humans beings we saw during our walk were all wearing a police uniform. (We did not want to disturb the quietness of their walk, so we chose to stay discrete.) We got the impression that ANDRA, who now has the power to choose who is allowed to take a walk in the forest has quit specific criteria.

Besides the small damaging committed by ANDRA ( their reconditioning included) the forest as beautiful. So don’t hesitate to ask ANDRA for a permission to go for a walk in the Bois Lejuc.

We ave an amusing suggestion for you: you can contact ANDRA and ask for a permission to go for a walk in the Bois Lejuc.


ANDRA Centre Meuse Haute Marne BP9

55290 Bure

08 05 10 79 07

PS: think about reminding them that there goal was to make the forest accessible for promenaders

PPS: don’t hesitate to spread this suggestion in your circles

PPPS: Don’t forget that there is a strong connection between ANDRA and the police, so protect yourselves.