Winning hearts and minds? These people have no shame.

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Normandy faces new assault

BY:DAVID CHAZAN, PARIS From: The Times May 02, 2013 12:00AM

EVERY year, thousands of people make a pilgrimage to the D-Day beaches in Normandy to remember the Allied troops who landed there to liberate France from Nazi occupation.

Almost 70 years after the assault that changed the course of World War II, however, the beaches face an invasion of another sort – wind turbines.

The plan to build a huge offshore wind farm within sight of land has upset veterans and their families and has triggered protests from environmentalists, but it is being welcomed by many local people because it would create thousands of jobs.

Seventy-five wind turbines, each almost 190m high, would be built nine to 14km out to sea. Construction is to begin in 2015, a year after the 70th anniversary of the landings.

The companies leading the project – EDF, of France, Dong Energy, of Denmark, and WPD Offshore Solutions, of Germany – say that it would be difficult to move the turbines out of sight from the coast because the water is too deep and they would encroach on fishing grounds and shipping lanes.

“This is a sacred site that must not be spoilt,” said Admiral Christian Brac de la Perriere, the head of the official French D-Day Committee, the Comite du Debarquement de Normandie.

“This is a massacre of the beaches,” said Jean-Louis Butre, the chairman of the organisation. “A former RAF group captain phoned me and said that if the wind farm is built, he would be prepared to bomb it.”

The project was approved in 2011 but shelved in the run-up to elections last year, then revived by President Francois Hollande to try to increase renewable energy supplies.

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Comments

  1. Jackie Rovensky says:

    You would have thought that the open sea between England and France where the boats approached the Normandy coast would be sacred, a place to remember the sacrifice of so many. The false promise of thousands of jobs is just propaganda, these installations do not provide thousands of jobs. The promise of jobs when employment and economies are suffering is a ploy. The money spent on this installation could be better spent on providing long term employment, by getting the countries economy working again – unfortunately just like here the Government is blind to what is happening and what they are supporting. Too much money has been spent by them on this industry at a time when countries economies are floundering, you would think they could see where the money is being wasted.

  2. Bob in Castlemaine says:

    If there’s another country in the EU that needs windmills less than does nuclear powered France it is certainly not obvious. What an absolute farce!

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