“Bezos always wants more pesos”: between 1,500 and 2,000 people demonstrated near Nantes against the establishment of “a transit platform” from Amazon. They blasted the negative impact of this project on the local economy.
Between 1,500 people, according to the prefecture, and more than 2,000, according to the organizers, demonstrated on November 28, 2020 in Montbert (Loire-Atlantique) near Nantes, against the establishment of “a transit platform” of regional scope of the American e-commerce giant Amazon, and denounced the harmful impact of this project on the local economy.
Leaving after 2 p.m. from the roundabout of Le Butay, the demonstrators marched to the screened entrance of the future Amazon site. “Bezos always wants more pesos”, “Stop Amazon and its world”, “Neither here nor elsewhere”, “Yes to the Amazon. No to Amazon ”, could one read on the banners of the demonstrators.
We want to denounce the impact that this project would have on fiscal, social and local economy activity
“We want to denounce the impact that this project would have on fiscal, social and local economy activity,” ATTAC 44 spokesperson Guillaume Erceau told AFP, adding that he wanted “to create a report. by force to Montbert and to the community of communes ”against Amazon.
Already on November 17, 2020, 300 people had gathered in Montbert against the Amazon project. According to the mayor of Montbert Jean-Jacques Mirallié (without label), who defends the prospect of new jobs in his municipality, Amazon wishes to buy land belonging to the community of municipalities of Grand Lieu located on a former hospital wasteland transformed into an area of activity.
It is, according to Jean-Jacques Mirallié quoted by AFP, “a surface of 14 hectares to build a building of 50,000 m² on the ground, on three levels, which means that there is a floor area, with annex buildings, of 180,000 m² ”.
The councilor had also specified to AFP that it would be a “transit platform” of regional scope and that the project which could see the light of day “in 2022-2023” would represent around 1,500 jobs during the season. is hollow and “around 2,000 jobs” during peaks of activity.