Hundreds of French police swooped in at dawn to evict about 15 protesters living in treehouses at a site that is due to be developed to store nuclear waste deep under the earth.
Two bulldozers accompanied around 500 gendarmes in body armour as they removed the men and women who have been occupying a zone in forest of Lejuc near the village of Bure.
Other officers raided a nearby premises dubbed the “House of Resistance” and evicted about 30 protestors.
The area is earmarked to be used to bury long-life nuclear waste from France’s nuclear power stations 500 metres under the ground. Planned exploratory drilling has not been possible because of protests by local groups and environmentalists.
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