The government is due to announce on Friday an extension of the Rungis wholesale market in the Triangle de Gonesse (Val-d'Oise), AFP learned on Wednesday from local and parliamentary sources, with the aim of boosting employment and alleviating the abandonment of the mega-complex Europacity. Information partially confirmed by the government
There will be an extension but there are still arbitrations to be made on the precise location of this extension
", unveiled a member of the Prime Minister's office without denying or confirming that this extension will indeed take place in the Triangle de Gonesse . “
The Prime Minister is traveling to Val-d'Oise on Friday for an announcement. It is a project that brings hope for employment
”,underlines an elected.
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The question is sensitive for the territory where the defense of agricultural areas continues to mobilize hundreds of environmental defenders.
A ZAD ("
zone to defend
") was installed seventeen days last February, before the expulsion of its militants.
But the Rungis annex project would be "
turned towards local producers, the short circuits of Oise and Vexin
", and "
there is an ecological interest, by avoiding road bypasses
", from Rungis (Val-de -Marne), in the southern suburbs, wants to reassure a parliamentarian.
" between elected officials and Matignon is to take place Wednesday evening to prepare government announcements, as part of a larger plan for Val-d'Oise.
The departmental council regrets not having been invited.
This extension was one of the 60 proposals of the Department of Val-d'Oise made to the Prefect at the end of November 2020, as part of the development of the" Plan for the Val d'Oise "
", claims a member of the department.
A potential of "2000 to 5000 jobs"
In his report submitted to the Prime Minister in December 2020 and of which AFP was aware, the prefect of Val-d'Oise Amaury de Saint-Quentin had indeed mentioned the option of installing an extension of the Rungis market, close to of saturation, in the Triangle de Gonesse, a strategic location in the north of Île-de-France, bordered by the A1 motorway and close to Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport.
The project, carried by the managing company of Rungis Semmaris, would represent "
an investment of 600 million euros
" with a potential of "
2000 to 5000 jobs
", according to this report.
It must extend over "
a plot of 50 to 100 hectares
", adds this document.
Our first priority for the east of the department is access to employment,
" confirms the departmental council.
According to INSEE 2017 figures, the youth unemployment rate reached 31% there against around 20% for the Île-de-France region.
More specifically in the city of Gonesse, the unemployment rate for 15-24 year olds is 31.4%.
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Since the abandonment by Emmanuel Macron, in November 2019, of the Europacity shopping and leisure mega-complex, local elected officials are demanding compensation to strengthen the “
” of this Ile-de-France region which has around 123,000 poor people.
The announcement of the installation of an extension of Rungis in the Triangle de Gonesse would sign the green light for the urbanization of part of this agricultural land spread over 700 hectares, of which 280, in the south, have long nourished the appetite. of public authorities.
This triangular enclave is also uninhabitable, as it is overflown by airplanes from Le Bourget and above all from Roissy, the leading European airport.
Marie-Christine Cavecchi, president of the departmental council of Val-d'Oise quickly reacted to this announcement.
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Opponents of the artificialization of these lands, gathered under the banner of the Collectif pour le Triangle de Gonesse (CPTG), on the contrary castigate projects in reverse of the climate emergency, supporting an alternative agricultural and horticultural project, based on circuits short.
They denounce the construction of the Triangle de Gonesse station, stage of line 17 of the Grand Paris Express which is to link Saint-Denis to Roissy in 2030, seeing it as a Trojan horse of wider urbanization.