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US News "We have to fight!" : a small village in La Manche at war with Elon Musk

11:25  17 february  2021
11:25  17 february  2021 Source:   europe1.fr

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À Saint-Senier-de-Beuvron, dans la Manche, l'entreprise américaine SpaceX veut installer une grande antenne-relais dans le cadre d'un projet de réseau internet haut débit par satellites partout dans le monde. Mais les habitants, soutenus par les élus locaux, s'y opposent. © Google Maps screenshot In Saint-Senier-de-Beuvron, in La Manche, the American company SpaceX wants to install a large relay antenna in the a high-speed satellite internet network project around the world. But the inhabitants, supported by local elected officials, oppose it.

When a small Norman village is opposed to an American giant. While the American company SpaceX, led by Elon Musk , is currently working on the development of "Starlink", a broadband internet network via satellites all over the world, in France, the municipality of Saint-Senier-de-Beuvron, where a gigantic relay antenna is to be installed, is mobilizing against the project.

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One of the three land stations in France must therefore be located in this small town of 350 inhabitants in the Channel, to the great despair of inhabitants. Thus, Dimitri and Anne-Laure, installed in their country house, would never have imagined a bird's eye view of nine enormous parabolas measuring 2m70 high. "We, at the base, we came to settle there to enjoy the landscape, the environment", explains Dimitri. "And all of a sudden, the sky falls on our heads," adds Anne-Laure.

"If that settles down, our life project is revised"

With Elon Musk's satellites as new neighbors, the couple's fears are not only aesthetic: the company in charge of the installation provides young parents that the waves will not be harmful, but they beware. "Associations told us that these were quite important frequencies, it could be a big microwave. You cannot stay near," worries Anne-Laure.

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For his part, Dimitri fears the consequences of such an installation on their future in the town. "Clearly, if it takes hold, our whole life project is reviewed ... whether we are leaving or not."

Support from local elected officials

In any case, for three months, the couple can count on the support of the town hall and local elected officials. At the head of the protest, the regional environmental adviser François Dufour, a native of the village, believes that "it is absolutely necessary that the citizens of this town organize themselves and be able to take legal action". And to conclude: "We must stand with our heads held high and fight, even against Mr. Musk". In the meantime, the elected representative asks the State to inform the population about this project.

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