Members of Greenpeace partially repainted an Air France plane parked at Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Roissy on Friday, accusing the government of "
" on environmental issues around air traffic, noted the AFP.
The airline and the manager of the Paris airports, the ADP group, have announced that they are filing a complaint.
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Nine NGO activists, dressed in yellow or white, climbed the fence of the airport tarmac around 9 a.m. and were deployed around an Air France Boeing 777 plane, parked on the ground and without passengers in edge.
Using a roller mounted on a huge pole, they repainted part of the device green for ten minutes, AFP noted.
By this action, they intended to illustrate “
” - “
”, in French - or the fallacious use, according to them, of arguments relating to good ecological practices.
Standing on a wing, several activists deployed placards which read: "
Is there a pilot to save the climate?"
the solution: fewer planes
The air transport gendarmerie quickly intervened to question the activists.
Some, perched on the roof or the wing, refused to go down.
Lack of ambition
We are here today to denounce the greenwashing of the government on the issues of regulation and reduction of air traffic and the lack of ambition of the climate and resilience bill
" which is "
an empty shell
", declared to l 'AFP Sarah Fayolle, transport campaigner at Greenpeace France.
The government is promoting the green plane as the miracle solution to make the sector compatible with the climate crisis,
" she added.
The climate bill, which incorporates certain proposals from the Citizens' Climate Convention, will be debated in the Assembly at the end of March and in a special committee from Monday.
In a statement, Greenpeace asked the deputies to go further, so as not to "
continue as before, without calling into question a development model based on unlimited traffic growth and unsustainable for the climate
The NGO also asks that the State support the retraining of employees in the sector.
Air France announced at the end of the morning that it had "
immediately lodged a complaint with the services of the Air Transport Gendarmerie
This action violates all airport security rules and caused significant damage to the aircraft,
" the company said in a statement sent to AFP.
ADP also indicated that it would "
file a complaint
" after this "
irresponsible and potentially dangerous action
" which "
constitutes an offense
Aviation safety is not called into question and air traffic continues normally,
" said the manager.
The ecological transition of air transport, in which Air France is deeply committed with strong objectives and concrete achievements, deserves to be carried out in a spirit of dialogue and responsibility with all stakeholders
", stressed for his share the airline.
The Minister for Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari had previously mentioned "
" on Twitter in reaction to the Greenpeace operation.