Between 13,000 and 30,000 supporters of linking the Loire-Atlantique in Brittany demonstrated for the “reunification” Saturday in Nantes, the largest mobilization since the start of the debate on local government reform by the government, which must take . few weeks
The event started around 15:30, led several hundred bagpipe players, behind a banner proclaiming: “We are a nation”
Shortly before. Having met the president of Britain, Jean-François Le Bihan, welcomed an “unprecedented mobilization”, claiming “more than 30,000 people on the site,” cheered by the crowd in a sea of ”gwenn ha” Breton flags black and white.
The forces for their part, valued at 13,000 the number of protesters in the middle of the afternoon
“Democracy: UK 1 France 0.”, Referring the recent referendum in Scotland on the issue of independence, proclaimed one of the many placards brandished by the demonstrators. “Fusion = disappearance”, “Reunification there is urgency,” “We Bretons, not west-ins!”, “No to the Great West, yes to reunification,” say other posters.
Behind the bagpipes, the protesters chanted in unison “Naoned e Breizh!”, “Nantes in Brittany” in Breton. Some fireworks are fired.
The singer Alan Stivell is “to defend Britain will disappear” and is calling for the “new Celtic Tiger in Europe would Britain” five departments if Loire-Atlantique left the Pays-de-la-Loire to join her.
“People are increasingly mobilized and Brittany will be reunited,” said Christian Troadec Mayor DVG Carhaix and Chief Partner red caps.
Many activists and signs brandished by the demonstrators refer to the Vichy regime, which took in 1941 a decree separating the Loire-Atlantique in Brittany, a resurrected in 1960 detachment at creating the Pays-de-la-Loire, Loire-Atlantique with one hand and Britain on the other four departments
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“Melt Britain in the Pays-de-la-Loire,” one of the projects mentioned in the territorial reform “would dilute the whole. Digital abolishes borders but must be somewhere, a real strong identity is super useful when everything is going global, “says Christian Guillemot, co-founder of Ubisoft Digital Group, also came forward. “In Britain, we have networks, highly trained young people, we lack a strong regional dynamics.”
The return of Nantes and Loire-Atlantique in Brittany, “is the natural slope of the story, “says the writer Yann QUEFFELEC Breton. “As the Prime Minister claims strengthen the nation, regions … So what, she feels the block, Brittany?” Said he irritates Saturday before the start of the event.
Brittany met, taking a proposal Yann Choucq lawyer, said she would invite people to put Breton flags “gwenn ha” windows from 1 October to the end of the parliamentary debate on territorial reform and ask elected officials to do the same on the public buildings they manage.
At the other end of France Saturday, the Presidents of the Regional Council of Lorraine and four departments the region asked their Alsatian counterparts not to abandon the creation of a large region Alsace-Lorraine, in a letter sent to AFP Saturday.
These positions came just days after the referendum in Scotland and the same day the President of Catalonia, Artur Mas, has called a referendum on November 9 on independence of this rich region of northern Spain.