On April 28, the Maritime Prefecture chartered 6 French Navy warships in Brittany in order to impress the fishermen of Saint Brieuc opposed to the wind power plant planned in their fishing area. We wanted to calm them down, this provocation rather galvanized them! The violence of the revolt is here proportional to the injustice.
This decision to move the navy against our fishermen would come according to our information from the maritime prefecture at the orders of the government. Far from being a trivial act, it is in reality a true declaration of war against the people of France who must submit for too years to the antidemocratic policy of invasion of wind turbines on our territory. maritime and terrestrial against any ecological precautionary rule.
55% of onshore wind turbines belong to foreign companies, according to Hervé Machenaud, former executive director of EDF. All offshore wind power plants are controlled by foreign consortia or largely owned by foreign capital. Off the coast of Saint Brieuc, the wind turbine project is 100% supported by the Spanish industrial consortium Iberdrola.
By sending warships financed by French taxpayer money, the Castex government intends to defend the profits of foreign wind power developers, to the detriment of French fishing which represents tens of thousands of jobs, and of men heirs to a remarkable know-how. In the Saint Brieuc region, the fishing industry represents between 2,500 and 3,000 jobs at sea and on land.
By what right would the French government destroy the work of our fellow citizens for the benefit of foreign companies which come to lay down the law in regions which they come to defile?
The 6 offshore wind power plants planned off the French coast between Le Tréport and Noirmoutier benefit from a feed-in tariff of 180 euros per megawatt-hour (connection included), i.e. six times the spot price of electricity established in 2020 at 32 euros the megawatt hour. The total subsidies envisaged are nearly 40 billion euros financed by the French taxpayer.
The one-off jobs promised by the beneficiaries of these subsidies are out of proportion with those that will be sacrificed on the altar of the so-called ecological transition, against the true preservation of territories and nature, the sea being from this point of view a remarkable heritage. In addition, fishermen have for years contributed to natural and ecological sustainable fishing ensuring the renewal of the number of marine species. They are the guarantors of fresh, chemical-free and natural products that the wind industry will inexorably destroy.
Everywhere in our territories, on land or at sea, anger is growing. The progressive suppression of the voices of recourse, the acceleration of the procedures, and the denial of democracy accentuate a phenomenon of rejection of a policy dictated by Paris to the detriment of the rural or littoral ones.
This policy is illegal because it contravenes the international Aarhus Convention signed and ratified by France which provides that any decision having an environmental impact must be taken with the participation of the people who will suffer the consequences. Nothing has been done in this direction except for oriented public inquiries whereas everything has been decided upstream in defiance of the letter and the spirit of the text and any truly democratic conception.
The attitude of Jean Castex and Barbara Pompili is above all contrary to the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 1789, which legitimizes the anger of the people and its expression by its article 2 which provides that resistance to oppression constitutes a natural and imprescriptible human right.
What are they doing in this mess? Isn’t the presence of the French Navy and our military vessels perfectly incongruous in this history, where fishermen and sailors can only be attached to the preservation of the sea, a territory which cannot thus be taken hostage? by some industrialists for financial interests. Whoever has thus stooped to making this gravely unjust decision to place the Army in front of French citizens, making our soldiers the sentinels of the profit of foreign companies will have to be accountable.
In any case, the fishermen of Saint Brieuc are today the pride of France by their courage and their capacity of resistance to save what remains of our old country. They are an example to all of us in this time of widespread lethargy.