Gard: object of strong dispute, Amazon will not settle in Fournès

Opponents of Amazon’s project to set up in Gard have won their battle. The company Argan has decided not to appeal the decision of the administrative tribunal of Nîmes , as confirmed to AFP its communications officer Aude Vayre. In the absence of proceedings before the administrative court of appeal of Marseille, the decision of the administrative court became final. Argan is a real estate developer specializing in particular in the creation of warehouses on behalf of large companies.

On November 9, the court granted the request relating to the environmental authorization, considering the project “likely to affect the conservation of protected animal or plant species”, while 500 trucks were expected there daily. “”The court ruled that despite the probable creation of 600 full-time equivalent jobs and the economic benefits resulting from the investments necessary for the project, it did not meet not for an imperative reason of major interest ”. The court also considered “that it did not follow from the instruction that no alternative to the establishment of this project on the Fournès site existed”.

A building of 38. 800 m2 on a plot of , 7 ha

This cancellation of the environmental authorization issued by the prefecture of Gard, prevented the implementation of the building permit. On this Fournès site, a small town located near the Pont du Gard, the building of 23. 800 m² was initially supposed to emerge on a plot of , 7 hectares. Located near the exit 20 of the A9 motorway, it was to serve as the American giant’s parcel sorting center.

“This decision raises the question of the future of our territories which are impacted by protected species. Whether it is Amazon or other companies, we will necessarily be forced ”, regrets Thierry Boudinaud, the mayor of this small town of a thousand inhabitants. The elected officials had from Fournès but also from several surrounding municipalities, had supported the arrival of the American giant on their lands. “It’s a big mess. It will be complicated to start again on a file. Five years spent in the village of brands, four years on this project. ”

” David can win against Goliath “

” David can win against Goliath ”, savors Patrick Fertil, member of the Association for the development of employment in respect of the environment (Adere) which had filed the request before the administrative court. And who fought for three years against this project in the name of the defense of the environment, while estimating that the employment prospects had been knowingly inflated. The association had also lodged a complaint for illegal taking of interest by some of the local elected officials.

If the Amazon project is buried, the land does belong to Argan. There is no indication that other projects will not see the light of day in the future. The group “is preparing to present a new file, of lesser importance”, explains Aude Vayre. It will be developed “in accordance with environmental standards”, she added, without further details.