… Last summer, a tourist bus filled with Canadian visitors stopped at the Canadian monument erected in memory of the British Columbia Regiment, which is located on a hill called “Cote 111” belonging to the village of Rouvres. To the west of the plain is the Canadian military cemetery at Cintheaux/Bretteville-sur-Laize where Major Styffe is buried alongside 3 000 of his comrades.
They were surprised and shocked to see 8 windmills turning and flashing at 10 kilometers to the north and 10 others at 10 km to the south. They considered it to be a desecration. Since then 14 other machines have been erected to the north and 14 to the east of the Caen Plain. More are to be built since this region of Lower Normandy has been chosen to house the wind farms – anything between 200 and 500, no-one is sure of the numbers.
Here in France a lot of wind farms are being built everywhere and especially anywhere without taking into consideration historic sites. We feel we are again invaded as we were by the stakes (then called “Rommel’s Asparagus”) driven into the ground by the German Army to fend off the allies. Today the offending stakes are replaced by wind farms.
Consequently, we would be most obliged if you would write a letter expressing how grieved you are to learn that the Caen-Falaise Plain forever connected with the memory of the Canadian armed intervention is to be entirely desecrated by a massive industrialized complex. This project cannot be justified either from an economic or an ecological point of view. …
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