One hundred thousand years. Bure or the buried nuclear waste scandal. Bure, in the Meuse, has become an emblematic place of one of the problems posed by the nuclear industry – waste management – and its contestation. Through an investigation put into images by Cécile Guillard, journalists Gaspard d’Allens and Pierre Bonneau recount how the National Agency for the Management of Radioactive Waste (Andra) imposed itself, subsidizing communities, setting up related companies to its sector, creating a clientelist climate. This omnipresence has one objective: to set up the Cigeo project, the creation of the landfill site for the most radioactive waste, thanks to the fabrication of consent and the opacity of research and decisions, taken without public consultation. The repression of the protest is disproportionate. Eighty mobile gendarmes to control the village daily, twenty-seven inadmissibility restrictions, 85,000 intercepted conversations, searches … What democracy in this process where politicians and public organizations decide the future of our society for a hundred thousand years?
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