Celebrating a historic victory

PAWB joined anti nuclear campaigners from around the world at celebrations in Brittany marking the 40th anniversary of the victory over the threatened Plogoff nuclear power plant.

Anti nuclear Campaigners from Japan, Germany and or own Linda Rogers of Pobl Atal Wylfa B were welcomed by our fellow campaigners of Réseau Sortir du Nucléaire

TRUGAREZ VRAS (thank you!!) Solidarity forever.

In the early 1970s, the French state power company, EDF, tried to establish a nuclear power plant at Plogoff Brittany. Local residents then blocked access to the site in 1976, while protests resumed in 1978 and 1979.

In 1980, the national government and EDF attempted to fulfil their statutory obligations to display required inquiry documents in the local mairie (town hall). Local officials burned the documents in the village square and refused to allow replacements to be displayed. In response, the national government set up mobile mairies annexes in caravans to display the documents in town centres.

For 45 days, the riot police (CRS), the military police (gendarmerie) and some parachutists (EPIGN) guarded the mairies annexes while coming under attack from the protesters.

Once the obligation to display the documents had been met, the protesters occupied the proposed site.

In 1981 François Mitterrand was elected President of France. Mitterrand carried out his campaign promise to cancel the project.

A documentary Plogoff, des pierres contre des fusils (Plogoff, stones against rifles) relating the struggle against the French security forces was later produced by Nicole and Félix Le Garrec.