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Ouest France - France | Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dead French protester a victim of the system

The 21-year-old student Rémi Fraisse died on the weekend during a demonstration against a planned dam in southern France. Protesters blame the law enforcement officers for his death. But the real reasons lie elsewhere, the regional daily Ouest-France writes: "Regardless of whether the issue at hand is the 'farm with a thousand cows' [a mass milking facility] in northern France, the dam near Sivens in the south or the reorganisation of air traffic near Notre-Dame-des-Landes, the question is always: how to combine individual freedom and collective interests? All three of these ulcers have only grown larger as a result of the dual protests against environmental risks and an economic model. ... In which instances, and through which procedures can one arbitrate between economic and environmental, local and general, individual and collective interests? ... Rémi died from the lack of an answer to these questions."

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