French border guards on Monday (4 June) prevented hundreds of anti-nuclear protestors from entering France from West Germany and Luxembourg.
French border guards on Monday (4 June) prevented hundreds of anti-nuclear protestors from entering France from West Germany and Luxembourg. The demonstrators had planned to join several thousand others demonstrating in different parts of France as part of an international anti-nuclear day.
SYNOPSIS: Most border posts along the 200-kilometre (120 mile) frontier with Belgium, West Germany and Luxembourg were heavily patrolled. These French demonstrators marched through the town of Longwy on the Luxembourg border. A major anti-nuclear rally was planned for at Cattemon, near the French town of Thionville, where a giant 5,200-megawatt nuclear power station is being built. The plant is close to the three countries' borders, and has aroused concern from the Luxembourg and West German governments.
The border near Longwy was closed. At one post on the West German frontier near Saarbruecken, 300 protestors were turned back, and in the Luxembourg village of Schengen, 500 were turned back.
These demonstrators didn't get across the border, but in Fessenheim, Eastern France, 500 West Germans who had walked from Bad-Krozningen, joined a march involving 3,000 people. In Plogoff, in southern Brittany, 6,000 people, led by the local mayor, Jean Marie Kerloch, gathered on the site chosen for a nuclear plant, and pledged to prevent its construction.