FIGHTING FOR THE FOREST
By Clémence Durand and Ferdinand Cazalis
Ecological Activism in France
Not far from Toulouse and Albi in the Tarn (south central France), the ingredients were assembled for a new ecological and political scandal: local government and agricultural industry came together, with the support of the Socialist government, to construct a dam in the midst of a forest; opposition to this project was met by high levels of violence by police and private militias. On the night of October 26 27, when approximately 7,000 people gathered to protest the planned resumption of work on the dam on the following Monday, the police killed one of the protesters, Rémi Fraissethe first killing of a political activist under the current Socialist governmentapparently with a stun grenade.