The ZAD du Triangle de Gonesse being evacuated
Is the zone to defend (ZAD) of the Triangle de Gonesse (Val-d’Oise) experiencing its last hours? Its evacuation began this Tuesday, February 24 with the deployment of a police device on this site, occupied for seventeen days to protest against the creation of a future metro station in Grand Paris.
Environmentalists “occupy” the Triangle de Gonesse to prevent the construction of a station
“The ZAD is being expelled”, said Bernard Loup, president of the Collectif pour le Triangle de Gonesse (CPTG), which is not at the origin of this illegal occupation but actively supported it. “The CRS arrived around 6 am, we are surrounded, they invaded the ZAD”, an activist on the spot told AFP. “For the moment inside there has been no violence or confrontation”, said Bernard Loup, kept a few tens of meters away. “Buses are in front of the front door, they will get them on board shortly”, he added.
Alternative agricultural project
About thirty activists – three times as many at weekends – have been present permanently since February 7 on this land, on which makeshift huts have been built. They defend an alternative agricultural project and denounce the artificialization of these lands considered fertile, which must accommodate the future station of line 17 of the Grand Paris Express, as well as a possible activity zone with still unclear contours.
On Friday, the Pontoise court ordered the immediate evacuation of the land, owned by the Ile-de-France Public Land Establishment (EPFIF). Bernard Loup had indicated Monday evening that he had just been notified of this decision.
Instead of Europa City, the project of a “food belt” to feed the Greater Paris
Line 17 is to connect Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis) to Roissy-CDG airport in 2030, via the Triangle de Gonesse, where it was initially to serve the Europacity mega shopping and leisure complex. But since Emmanuel Macron announced in November 2019 the abandonment of this flagship project, the fate of these 280 hectares of agricultural land, strategically located about fifteen kilometers north of Paris, remains uncertain.