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Lithium bigouden: the specter of a new Plogoff – Du lithium en pays bigouden

Tréguennec, the new “Plogoff”? The phrase might make you smile, but in Pays bigouden, this is no time for jokes. Here, no one has forgotten the victorious struggle of the capist neighbors against the nuclear power station project. That was over 40 years ago.

At the end of the world, a few diehards were beating the state. We are not there yet but the discontent has been growing every week since the revelation, in our columns, at the end of January, of the existence of a lithium deposit in Tréguennec. The small town of Bigoudène (320 inhabitants) would sit on a heap of (white) gold.

Ministerial remarks trigger ire

Voices were quickly raised to denounce what could become an “ecological massacre” in the heart of a labeled nature reserve. Local elected officials, led by Mayor Stéphane Morel, have expressed their frank opposition to any mining project. Chance of the calendar, the Secretary of State for Biodiversity, Bérangère Abba, visiting Tréguennec in early February, had not really reassured. Asked about the subject, she had not ruled anything out.

Heat stroke again this week. This time, it is Barbara Pompili, the Minister for the Ecological Transition, who has stirred up fears a little more. She said, in a video documentary made by “Les Échos”: “France must extract lithium on its territory. » The phrase too many in Pays bigouden, where we are determined not to leave natural spaces to industrialists.

The Secretary of State for Biodiversity, Bérangère Abba, went to Tréguennec in early February. (Photo Steven Lecornu)

Already more than 4,200 subscribers mobilized and a rally in sight

On social networks, the mobilization has begun. It even suddenly grew in size. A Facebook group called “Lithium in Tréguennec? No thanks !!! », a nod to the slogan « Nuclear in Plogoff, no thanks! », has just been created. In just two days, he has already amassed over 4,400 subscribers.

Stéphane Le Garrec, at the initiative of this group, is still surprised by this enthusiasm. “The objective is to mobilize people, give them a voice and exchange information on lithium, a subject that was still very little known until recently,” explains Bigouden. He insists on the “apolitical and pacifist” nature of the approach. The group does not only bring together Bretons: “There are people from all over France, but also Belgians and English people”, underlines Stéphane Le Garrec, who is seriously considering moving from virtual to real. A rally should be organized in the coming days on the site in question, in Tréguennec.

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