"Concrete leash", "Lafarge turkeys"... Demonstrators on Sunday decorated a concrete production unit on the banks of the Seine in Paris, at the end of a weekend of similar actions organized in the country.
Under the watchful eye of police officers deployed from a distance, about 150 people of all ages, their faces sometimes covered by a turkey mask, gathered in a good-natured atmosphere in front of the site of the Mexican group Cemex, in the <>th arrondissement, a stone's throw from the large François-Mitterrand library.
Concrete action in Paris 🔥
👉 Festive occupation of the Cemex site (Quai Panhard et Levassor, Pont de Tolbiac)After the hanging of the banners on the silos and the greening of the site, the speeches and the choir, now it's going to be a party 🎉 pic.twitter.com/ZlXAN2XT1F
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"We are reappropriating the places occupied by concrete workers in order to open up a space for local struggles to speak out against land grabbing and the concretization of the pharaonic projects of Greater Paris or the 2024 Olympics," explained the organizers (Earth Uprisings, Extinction Rebellion, Youth for Climate, etc.), also denouncing "the many exemptions" to the "Zero Net Artificialization" (ZAN) objective.
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In particular, opponents of the projects for a double expressway in the Yvelines, or a Grand Paris Express line on the agricultural lands of Saclay and Gonesse, were present.
A weekend of environmental mobilization
The day before in the Tarn, people marched against the A69 motorway, some entering the site of an asphalt plant that will make up the surface of this project.
Demonstrations also took place in front of a concrete plant of the Lafarge group (Holcim) in Saint-Barthélemy-d'Anjou (Maine-et-Loire), and in Sainte-Cécile (Saône-et-Loire) against a project to extend a quarry, the operator of which is a subsidiary of Vinci Construction.
The production of cement and concrete accounts for 8% of global CO2 emissions, more than air and sea transport combined, industry insiders admit.
"At Lafarge, we believe that the organizers of these actions on our industrial sites are targeting the wrong people," the sector giant said, assuring that the "company is fully committed to the decarbonization of its activities and products."