“Stop Amazon” “Neither here, nor elsewhere”. Several hundred activists gathered on Saturday, January 30, in several cities in France to protest against Amazon, in particular near the Pont du Gard, where the American mail-order giant plans to install a 38,000 m2 warehouse.
At the call of associations fighting against this project located in the town of Fournès (Gard), near the jewel of the world heritage, 800 people, according to the gendarmes (“at least 1000” people, according to the organizers), came to plant shrubs on Saturday morning. They also formed a human chain to show the influence of the planned project along the A9 motorway over 14 hectares.
Opponents blame Amazon for job destruction, especially in small businesses, poor working conditions and artificialization of soils. They also believe that Amazon is participating in climate change.
About 200 people also took part in a rally on Saturday morning in Carquefou, in the suburbs of Nantes, in front of an Amazon logistics warehouse, according to the organizers. “We denounce the fact that Amazon is destroying more jobs than it creates and that these are precarious jobs that make people sick, especially in terms of musculoskeletal disorders”, told AFP Sophie Jallier, spokesperson for the collective for this event.
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In Ensisheim, in the Haut-Rhin, a demonstration also brought together a hundred people against the establishment of a giant warehouse on a plot of more than 15 hectares of former agricultural land. “Amazon, Vampire Fiscal”, “Stop Amazon”, “No mega-warehouse, neither here nor elsewhere”, proclaimed the banners.
In Augny, in Moselle, around fifty people gathered on a roundabout in front of the site of the former Frescaty air base which is to host an Amazon site.