UNHAPPY LANDINGS: An unlikely alliance of anarchists and farmers is creating a headache for President Francois Hollande's government with an escalating battle that has delayed an ambitious airport project near the city of Nantes for months.
NOT IN MY VINEYARD: Protesters have illegally occupied the airport site. In November more than 500 riot police tried to remove thousands of squatters. Protesters hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails. Police fired back with tear gas.
MAKE THE WORLD GO AWAY: The protesters are against globalization and capitalism. Environmentalists and the far-left Green Party also oppose the airport, arguing that it will bring pollution.
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