Naturalist and forest gathering on 1st-2nd april in Bure against the nuclear dump

In Bure we are winning an important range of victories on the field, with a huge mobilisation into the forest and on the 18th february demo, and into the court.

More than ever, the Andra is delayed in its “preliminary works” in the Bois Lejuc. It has to carry on these works, collect environmental data, conduct a range of drills and geotechnical data… to fill out the form to request an authorization of creation, supposedly in 2018. But its calendar is seriously compromised because of our mobilisation, but also of all the agency’s judicial breaches on the forest clearing authorisation, the validity of the exchange of the forest…

This is giving us a little time to keep building a determinate and multifaceted opposition ! In particular, we want to relaunch the dynamic “Naturalists fighting against CIGEO”, started in 2016, with open walks in the bois Lejuc and the Ormançon valley, and also first meetings to lay the foundations for inventories of endangered species.

This dynamic, gathering hundreds of curious, lovers or “professionals” of the environment protection, was crucial in Notre-Dame-des-Landes to slow down the project but also to share widely knowledge on ecosystems and popularize the local bocage (you can find lots of texts in french here), plus all the works by François de Beaulieu on the history of the bocage of Notre-Dame-des-Landes and the use of common lands.

Without copying, a dynamic like this would be relevant in Bure and in the France great east. Beyond the CIGEO project, the whole region is threatened by the nuclear cancer, along with thousands of hectares of natural area, huge watersheds…

Beyond the species inventories, the more the world of environment protection associations, forestry… will take a stand on the refusal of the nuclear dump project and/or the territory nuclearisation, the more difficult it will get for the Andra to recruit service providers to realise its impacts studies and other data collections.

We are in a crucial moment in the struggle, when new forces that join the dynamic can tip over the project to its end.

/Some naturalists fighting against the nuclear dump project and owls of Bure./



Morning : Walks, prospections, free surveying.

Noon : Picnic at the House of resistance

2PM : Discussions (presentation of the people and the approach, juridical recap, prospections (when? how?), associations…)

Evening : Nocturnal listenings (to be confirmed)


Morning : Walks, prospections, free surveying.

Noon : Picnic at the Mandres-en-Barrois wash house.

2PM : Family walk from Mandres to the Ormançon valley and the bois Lejuc.

8PM : Feedbacks on the week-end and what’s next

Practical information :

Meals : For lunches, picnics, you bring what you eat. For the dinners, we’ll have to adapt the rhythm of the house of resistance : either the people living there had time to prepare the meal, either we’ll have to cook together to get to know each other better !

Accomodation is possible (take your sleeping bag !), at the house of resistance, in the forest or at people’s houses (if you ask).

Recap of the recent legal setbacks, and what comes now !

This article is freely inspired by the one published on on 1st march

Recap of a week full of legal setbacks for the Andra : trial of Sven & the occupation, trial on the exchange of the wood…It seems the agency is entangled in the legal puzzle. If this pressure is maintained on the field, it could delay seriously the project.

On the 28th February, the administrative court of Nancy prove the inhabitants of Mandres right, by cancelling, because of a procedural defect, the ruling of 2nd July 2015, when the citycouncil authorized the exchange of the Bois Lejuc against another nearby. One and a half year of mobilisations on the wood strongly reinforced the struggle.

The city council now has 4 months to regularize it, meaning make another deliberation and a new decision on the wood exchange. The background has evolved, tongues are loosening, the inhabitants get involved, new people are settling in the village, the mobilisation is getting bigger and bigger… The time of meetings in camera in a townhall kept by security is over. The Andra can no longer demand that a handful of town councilors take a 100 000 years decision for their village at 6am.

The day before, on 27th February, on the appeal about the 1st August decision canceling the clearing authorisation, the environmental agency suspended its previous decision authorizing forest clearing and drillings without preliminary studies. The final decision will be known on 22th May. The Andra still doesn’t have the order to make clearings, and may have to start again from the beginning, with new laws making it harder for them.

On the 22th February, the court delayed its decision on Sven Lindstroem’s eviction to the 5th April, and ask him to meet the court president on the 29th march.

The nuclear dump project had never been so challenged on the field and in the courts. But nothing is done yet, the agency is still the owner of the wood. Above all, the members of the city council of Mandres-en-Barrois could take another decision authorizing the exchange, they are strongly influenced by the nuclear lobby, because of family members jobs or hunt & agricultural leases. The Andra can keep moving on all the other fields, in order to drop its request authorizing the creation of the project in 2018, even if their calendar is challenged.

So, we have a lot to do :

  1. We can not allow the 4 municipal councillors entangled in conflicts of interest to vote. Not mentioning the mayor, now named “CIGEO representative” at the local federation of municipalities.
  2. We have to prevent the Andra for any move or work, in the wood and everywhere else. We make a call to environmental and naturalist associations quietly approached by the agency in order to participate in the global impact study, to stand up and publicly take position against the project in all its forms, including first phases and “environmental characterization”, and to refuse to collaborate with it.
  3. With the delay concerning the eviction of the wood, it is an opportunity to strengthen the occupation, agricultural projects, and everything that make tens of people thinking long-term here.

See you soon, we’ll set up soon new dates for a spring of resistances !

The court decides the exchange of the Bois Lejuc is illegal !

Maj. on 2nd march

Today the administrative court of Nancy declared illegal and canceled the act by which the Andra claims to be the owner of the Bois Lejuc ! The township & the Andra have 4 months to regularise it- if they wish to.

Below, our media report and a translation of the the court order :

Our media report:

The facts and the legal procedure:
In the context of the research they’re doing, primarily in the underground research laboratory in Bure, ANDRA (the national agency dealing with radioactive waste) studied the feasibility of storing mid and high activity long term nuclear waste in deep geological layers. Its research resulting in the feasibility of such storage, ANDRA offered a land exchange to the village of Mandres-en-Barrois.

Through a deliberation adopted following the secret ballot vote on July 2nd 2015, the municipal council of the Mandres-en-Barrois village authorized the mayor to sign with ANDRA an agreement on the exchange of the communal forest (Lejuc Forest) for another forest located on the territory of the village of Bonnet.

Several Mandres-en-Barrois inhabitants have asked the Nancy administrative tribunal to cancel the agreement.

On February 28th 2017, the administrative tribunal canceled the agreement.

The administrative tribunal court order:

First of all, even though the village denied the petitioners a legal interest in contesting the ruling approving the exchange of the forest, the tribunal considers that the petitioners indeed had a legal interest, as of their village tax payers status, in asking for the cancellation of a ruling which impacted the village finances and affected the village estate management.

The tribunal then takes note of the general code for territorial collectivities article L. 2121-21, which authorizes secret ballot votes, but only under the condition that at least one third of the town councilors present on the day of the vote be asking for it. Moreover, according to jurisprudence, it is then the collectivity responsibility to establish that the councilors present asked for it or at the very least agreed to the mayor’s suggestion of secret ballot voting.

The tribunal however considers that the collectivity did not bring proof of the latter even though the vote modalities were added retrospectively on the session report. The tribunal thus considers that the ruling was adopted in an irregular fashion.

A procedural violation, however, only cancels a ruling if it deprived the interested parties of a guaranty or was susceptible to influence their decision.

In this particular case, the tribunal considers that the procedural violation, which enable the voters to disobey the general rule of public transparency, deprived the public of the guaranty to know and understand the meaning of the vote of each elected town councilor.

The tribunal thus cancels the ruling of July 2nd 2015.

As a conclusion, the tribunal indicates that the procedural violation being here condemned can be adjusted and thus requires the village of Mandres-en-Barrois to adjust it within for months by adopting a new ruling approving the terms of the forest exchange. Should it fail to do so, the village must cancel its agreement with ANDRA entirely.

Court Order n° 1503615 M. X ….. /Mandres-en-Barrois village, February 28th 2017

This is a new defeat for the Andra, our anger is legitimate !

Among the other news this weeks, the police have been quite present in the village and around, numerous complete car checks on the roads around the house (with special authorizations from the prefecture, especially on last thursday 23th and saturday 25th). Be careful if you’re passing by !


18/02 demo : the Andra’s fences overturned by 20 years of restrained anger !

“If we had done that 25 years ago, it would not have go this way”

A former farmer from Mandres, passing by car to greet the march arriving at the Andra’s fences.

The 18th february was supposed to be a day of mobilisation against the possible eviction of the occupied forest, in the end it was more a great moment of humiliation for the Andra.

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It’s under a fresh and shy sun, at 11am, that a long joyful and colorful crowd of almost 600 people walks between Bure and the Bois Lejuc. From the point of view at the highest point of the Chaufour, one could see the imposing Andra’s laboratory and the future site for the works linked to the project of the nuclear dump. The march followed symbolically the path of the previous demos for the reoccupation of the forest during summer 2016, before going in, to share a meal prepared by the kitchen and discover the several houses. A warm atmosphere, while 700 yellow ribbons were distributed to decorate the branches, to symbolize the resistance of the forest to the nuclear desert.

Around 3pm, everyone with his own piece of the wall destroyed last august, a march of almost 700 people is on the road again to go to the laboratory through the village of Bure. There, an important presence of the police, hidden behind a barbed wire fence and anti-riot railings, kept the stronghold. A striking image, like the one of a 1km-long wall surrounding a forest : the one of the nuclear industry cornered, entrenched behind its high wall, kept by the police.

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The crowd walked rhythmically at the sound of the batucada, the metallic pounding of the stones on the crash barrier and the howls of owls and wolves, and kept going with determination in an electric atmosphere. From the road, it deployed along the “ecothèque” building and a large part of the march, going back and forth to the fences, finally succeeded in overturn a large part of those who resisted to the previous night visit, under teargas. Out of reach from the fire, the rest of the demonstration encouraged, enthousiastic, yelling and with music, painting on the road and setting fire to the geat colorful phoenix build for the occasion, symbol of a popular struggle rising again for a few years. An atmosphere really different from what was described by the prefecture, who’d like to diminish a legitimate popular anger, long restrained, to the single act of “50 hooded people”. But the same old media-police discourse of the minority of ultra-violent rioting demonstrators has no meaning in front of reality : a strong and joyful solidarity of the whole demonstration to a direct attack of the laboratory, on its field, for the first time in 25 years. If the world we are being promised is the one the Andra is promoting by imposing itself to a resigned and despised population, then yes, we are all breakers of this world.

Facing those who overturned the fences, the police charged with sting-ball and stun grenades, hurting in a few minutes around 20 people, two of them were evacuated to an hospital, while others suffered from several wounds due to splinters. In spite of the violence of this answer, happening when demonstrators were slowly going back, everybody returned calm to Bure.

On the evening, it was hundred of people who, after a lunch at the house of resistance, joined a big concert on a farmer’s field at our disposal, under a circus tent. There, a bar, informations, collective tents and first-aid space were ready to welcome everyone ! The crazy and joyful atmosphere lasted all night. A lot of people confessed that it was an historical day which will stay in our memories, one of those moments when you see the possibility of another world, a catch to reverse the way things go.

After the fall of the wall last summer, it was the laboratory’s fences that fell on this 18th february in Bure. In a few months, the stronghold, who thought itself untouchable, fissured : after 25 years of struggle, tens of thousands of inhabitants demonstrating, petitioning, organizing camps, then slowly resigning and getting tired, hope is rising again today. We allow ourselves to believe in another future for this land than an atomic and militarized bowel.

Info Thread February 2017

This article was published on on the 14th february. All calls, quotes and support messages were originally received in french, we apologize if we fail to perfectly convey the original messages of the authors.

February 16th, a nod to Hambach and a little party at the lab!

  • Tonight nifty Bure owls have struck again: fences protecting the “ecotheque”, a lab building, have fallen, windows have exploded, and we got short account of that crazy nocturnal expedition:

On the third day of our action week against CIGEO and to protect the Lejuc forest, after our Valentine torches march, we decided to pay a visit to the beloved ANDRA ecomuseum, just next to the lab. We had quite unfairly neglected this charming concrete building for a couple days. We wanted to pay a very personal homage to that monument to ecotechnocracy and its “mission to raise awareness” about local biodiversity. Armed with the best of intents, we arrived with one very simple question: is it by any chance for survivors of the centuries to come that you exhibit the vitrified reminder of what you intend to destroy?.

Unfortunately at a late hour, we found the door closed. Since nobody was answering the intercom, we hammered our discontent a few times. Because politely asking apparently wasn’t sufficient, we eventually bent the fences under the weight of our questions. Led by sheer curiosity, we decided to explore the museum’s temporary collections, and, in an impetus of momentary enthusiasm, resolved to add to it a few samples of local geological heritage.

Sympathizing greatly with the windows families, the police rushed to their rescue. After protecting our withdrawal with a fired up barricade, we progressively turned our backs on the amplifying fog. ANDRA, your deceits won’t smoke us out!

The nifty Bure owls.

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  • Another busy day: all with welcoming new comers, organizing the logistics for the rest of the week, continuing the constructions and starting to set up the camp on the concert site, it was with tired bodies but minds always as determined that we too made the forest echo with solidarity with the Hambach struggle!

  •  It’s moving elsewhere in the East: not only in Bure do people build tree houses; around Strasboug, occupation tree houses are being built on the perimeter of the GCO to be (Grand Contournement Ouest: Massive Western Bypassing, a highway around the city) by the new collective ZADGCO. We support our Alsacian friends from Bure! (@HamsterGrand on twitter)

February 5th, new actions to support Bure from afar!

While in Bure we’re still welcoming newcomers and preparing for the week end, in many other places actions are launched to support us!

In response to our call for support, new actions away from Bure:

  • On February 18th Sortir du Nucléaire Trégor ngo organized an action at 11am in Lannion

  • In Valence they organized an action against EDF (French Electricity companity) and sent us this email:

In Valence just like in Bure, the nuclear power isn’t feeling at ease…
The dirty used oil met the dirty hands of EDF
A few preparation discussions, some determined day dreaming…and here is to a new attack point on the map!

On the EDF downtown store, entre la nouvelle peinture écologique de vidange (je ne comprends pas la phrae en français..) everyone can now read:

We attack EDF

Because they are one of the key actors of nuclear industry

Because they actively support the nuclear waste disposal project in Bure, Meuse.

Because this project is an environmental disaster, and that it is developed by public and private mafias and a completely anti-democratic way.
Becaude EDF nucleocrates are part of these tie-wearing con artists
Because we support active and legitimate resistance against this project in Bure, which is undergoing various forms of repressions.

Because to be political and act against such lethal prospects, is simply to exist in this society.

Because at this very moment thousands are assembling in Bure to protest.

Because the anti industrial struggle has always existed in the streets just like in books.

Because on a daily basis the race for progress devastates the depth of our lives while cocooning us in comfort.

Energy is our future (*EDF motto)? You bet!

Energy is their future, lets disobey!

Let it be said:

Here just like in Bure

Walls can be washed, not hands.

  • On February 15th in Montpellier and Valence the DREAL (Direction Regionale de l’Environnement, de l’Aménagement et du Logement: regional direction for environment, layout and housing) was occupied


    • On February 13th friends organized a burial action in downtown Grenoble as a response to our call for action

    • On February 12th support Bure meeting in  Neuvy-Bouin with a reminder about the nuclear waste struggle in the 90s in the Deux Sevres region, where a similar lab project was canceled thanks to massive mobilization that suceeded in beating ANDRA off.

  • Also a call for action against uranium transportation meeting in Treves on February 18th and 19th:

Franco-German « train » action against nuclear trains on February 18th and 19th 2017

In solidarity with the struggle against nuclear waste disposal in Bure, Lorraine.

By our action, we want to protest and inform people about the many Yellow Cake (uranium) transports between Germany and France. Regularly, boats from Russia and Namibia stop in Hambourg Harbor and deliver Yellow Cake. It is the necessary raw material to create fuel for nuclear plants or atomic bombs everywhere on Earth. It is brought by train from Hambourg to the AREVA factory in Narbonne Malvési, south of France, going through Koln, Treves, Woippy and Montpellier.

Activists will leave on February 18th from Kiel (where the nuclear boats go through) and Hambourg to go to Treves, bringing with them a symbol representing Yellow Cake. They will follow the same path as the regular nuclear trains. In Treves, they will get objects from France as a symbol of uranium hexafluoride as well as pieces of the wall that fell in the Lejuc forest as a symbol of resistance against this insane and dangerous project. The trip will end on February 19th in Gronay where can be found the German uranium enrichment factory. The uranium hexafluoride transformed there often comes from Pierrelatte, France.

Anti nuclear activists, with this action, are trying to inform travelers as well as train companies staff about the many nuclear transports and the risks attached to them; they are indeed little known to the public, as authorities don’t inform people on that subject. In cas of accident, nobody is trained to react. Nuclear transports are supposed to continue indefinitely in Germany since the structures and transports enabling the nuclear industry to function are not part of the German law on exiting nuclear power.

The action is moreover supporting the struggle against nuclear waste disposal in Bure. A massive protest will take place in Bure on the same day. The construction work for the nuclear waste disposal site started last summer. Thanks to a determined resistance they could be stopped in August 2016. The wall erected by ANDRA (Agence nationale de gestion des déchets nucléaires, the agency in charge of the project) to protect its work has fallen mid-august under the determined pounding of protesters.

«To stop producing and above all not to bury», is a well knowndemand when it comes to nuclear waste.

And that is precisely what unites the train action activists and those in Bure this week end: to stop the production of waste at it source. In order to do that, we have to stop the nuclear transports that enable this dangerous industry to function.


For more on the subject

Web page of the German struggle against uranium transportation

Call for the “train” action in German

Call for the “train” action in French

February 14th, we declared our flaming feelings to ANDRA !

8:30pm : 80 nifty owls leave the House of Resistance towards the evil eye of Saudron (where Andra’s lab is located).

As we went, passing lands supposed to host the electrical transformer that ANDRA wishes to install to power CIGEO, we lit on our wonderful torches. In the night they were competing with the lab’s atrocious lights in the distance. After 40mn of musical walking, we reached the lab and noticed without great surprise that it was heavily guarded by the police.

« On est plus chauds que CIGÉO ! » « ANDRA dégage, résistance et sabotage ! » (“We are hotter than CIGEO!” “ANDRA fuck off, resistance and sabotage!”)

After a little danse around an improvised brazier, the bush on the round about in front of the lab somehow caught fire. On our way back, the windows of a surveillance cabin burst, some paint flew around and flames licked the intercom on the entrance fences.

A sweet night where even the red moon declared flaming feelings for ANDRA, and that is but a beginning…

Marche aux flambeaux vers l’ANDRA ! from vmc on Vimeo.

February 13th, a busy crowded week ahead

The logistics for February 18th is being set up! Every corner of the House of Resistance is being cleaned, a couple dozen people have already joined us and are busy on several fronts (cooking team for the week, sleeping rooms being set up everywhere, setting up the infokiosk and welcoming point, automedia and legal team office and medic truck organizing).

February 10th, popular reaction against police brutality

In Bure, in cities, in forests, in solidarity with Theo, the Lejuc forest stands against the inhumanity of racist, homophobic actions committed by the police

February 3rd, a wink from friends in Hambach

Another busy week end ahead but starting peacefully at the House in Bure. The sky was still hesitating as to whether or not to remaining gray for the day when we received in the morning support from friends in Hambach!

While walking in Hambach forest, with barricades and trenches built after the intrusion of RWE security guards and police, the news reached us that the same repression led by the greediness of insane ground diggers had fallen onto our Bure comrades, who are resisting the destruction of a forest supposed to enable even more extractionist madness under the shape, there, of a nuclear waste disposal site. Destroyed barricades, private security guards, police roadblocks, so many things that resonate so familiarly in our ears, as familiarly as the global destruction of habitats so as to extract all but the last drop of poison, killing ecosystems, communities, peoples and climate to fill the pockets of a few mafiosi barons.

Thus, to the companieros of Bure and all those resisting such assaults, up on barricades, up on tree houses, or in trailers, fighting that extractionist, capitalist monster, a loud solidarity cry resonates from the Hambach forest towards you