Protesters bid to halt Agincourt windfarm

Protesters are trying to halt windfarm plans beside Agin­court battlefield as the 16 turbines would be in full view of the site, scene of a historic English triumph in 1415 in the Hundred Years War.

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It is just one of many projects being targeted as a report said seven out of 10 windfarm plans are being opposed in France.

The projects are especially opposed in north France which is already the top wind energy region and where plans for more are impinging on World War One sites in what is being called the territoire de mémoire.

Hauts de France regional president Xavier Bertrand said on TV: “Give us a break with windfarms! They are destroying our countryside. Halt wind and dev­elop solar or meth­anisation for renewable energy.”

In Azincourt, Vent de Champ de Bataille protest organiser Patrick Fenet said: “A windfarm would destroy the view of the battlefield.

It would destroy an important tourist and historic site just as we spend €400,000 to improve the museum and site.”