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Against a giant Amazon warehouse, the City of Lyon accompanies environmental activists before the Council of State


After being dismissed at first instance and then on appeal, three collectives are now appealing to the highest administrative court to try to obtain the cancellation of the building permit for a warehouse of the e-commerce giant.

A sixth year of combat initiated by the prospect of a third court hearing.

Dismissed at first instance and then on appeal, three collectives, residents in particular, appealed in the company of the Marie de Lyon before the Council of State, the highest French administrative court, to try to have the building permit for a warehouse granted canceled. at the Goodman company.

And for good reason, they want to prevent the 160,000 square meters of land located in the commune of Colombier-Saugnieu, near Saint-Exupéry airport, from being bought and operated by the e-commerce giant Amazon, as recommended by the public rapporteur of the administrative court in 2019.

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"The project in question would cause an increase in road traffic of 1,000 trucks and 4,400 additional vans per day, saturating the south-eastern traffic of the Lyon conurbation"

, already very congested, point out the activists based on the study of impact carried out by the regional environmental authority mission.

They also estimate the delivery of 240 million new products each year, based on the Brétigny warehouse, of the same size.

Destruction of jobs?

The NGO Friends of the Earth also projects the number of jobs lost in 10 years to 85,000.

"The promise of creating 1,000 direct jobs represents very little in view of robotization and the

18,000 employees made redundant in the world


, launches Gilles Renevier of the associative collective Fracture, which is one of the complainants.

Residents and environmental activists had also been joined by the Confederation of French Traders during the appeal, but the latter's interest in acting had not been deemed admissible.

More unusual, the City of Lyon had also entered the dance and will therefore follow them before the Council of State.

"Sites such as those of Amazon have a strong impact on the environment

," argues Grégory Doucet, the city's environmental mayor.

They aim to sell large quantities of goods at a lower cost, competing with local trade in the surrounding territories


“Time is on our side”

A first memorandum to take note of the appeal was filed at the beginning of the year, another, final, will be in the weeks to come.

Before a hearing far from fixed.

No matter,

"time is on our side",

launches Gilles Renevier.

“People are realizing that low-cost products are no longer up to date and that this economic mode of operation is unsustainable in current times”


And to announce new remedies in the event of defeat:

“The permit granted to Goodman mentions a final logistics warehouse activity.

However, once built and bought by Amazon, the activity will be e-commerce and it is no longer the same thing”


Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2023-02-02

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