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Restart of the Lyon to Saint-Etienne highway project: an agricultural, environmental and economic scandal
Coline Sauzion

Since Laurent Wauquiez became president of the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region by end of 2015, the A45 highway project is back on the political agenda as a priority. This project aims at doubling the free existing highway between Lyon and St Etienne by connecting Brignais (South suburb of Lyon) and La Fouillouse (North suburb of St Etienne) and would destroy at least 500 ha (hectares) of agricultural land. After many years of investigation, this project, initially launched in 1993, is resurfacing, aiming at delivering the campaign pledges of François Hollande in presidential election and of Laurent Wauquiez in regional election. In fact what they are confirming here is primarily their allegiance to Vinci, builder and forthcoming concessionaire of the highway. Indeed the cost of this (...)

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