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French nanotech center opening delayed by large protest

I had heard rumors and today at a meeting at the British Consulate here in SF I heard again that there was a big protest in Grenoble in connection with the opening of their new nanotech center Minatec, which appears to have been delayed to the next day due to the protest. There’s very little in English available, but here’s an Earth First report, and you can use a free translation service to read the sites in French linked from there.

For example:

1000 persons against Minatec. The science under police escort.

Today, 1st June 2006, more than a thousand persons showed to Grenoble against Minatec and his world. Of noon to 14H, the demonstration unfolded itself without clutter. To the approach Minatec, a policeman in civil pulled in the crowd with his flash ball, touching persons to the legs. Itself some are followed by the police loads obliging showing them to disperse itself (numerous questioning, teargases, locking of the demonstration). Two hundred persons next grouped together themselves peaceful Holy place Bruno and sat in grass. The policemen then loaded massively. A girl seriously was injured to the head by a grenade shooting to fragmentation; she was taken urgency to the hopital with a piece of the pulled out cheek. The numerous passes and merchants extremely were shocked by these excessive acts of police violences. To 16H, the policemen continued to pester the showing. It therefore proved that the scientific research developed to Minatec goes pair with a fort checks policeman and a military response to the dispute. This first French event protesting nanotechnologies allowed putting to the big day anger many persons facing the imposition of these new technologies and military corporation and anti democratic that they induce. Close Minatec! Opposition committee native of grenoble to the Nécrotechnologies ogn (at) ouvaton (not at all) org

4 Responses to “French nanotech center opening delayed by large protest”

  1. Lex Spoon Says:

    I’m fascinated, but I am worried about the sources. does not have anything. That leaves three sources: Earth First (your main link), the site of one of the protest groups (, and a group called Indymedia. Indymedia itself does not appear to be a real news site; one of its “articles” is a sort of “10 myths about why nanotechnology should be allowed”.

    Thank you very much for the tip, but now I am worrying about the accuracy. Maybe it is just a protest group trumping itself up, and a couple of other sites passing on the “news” that they feed them?

    Anyway, I sure love their name. It’s not nanotech, it’s “necrotech”!

  2. Christine Peterson Says:

    I agree, the sources may be biased.

    I did hear the 1000 number from someone I met with at the British Consulate here. However, that person’s source may be the same as the ones I found, so who knows…

    Maybe someone who knows French can look on some French newspaper websites.

    Thanks for writing! —Christine

  3. Nano News Says:

    Grenoble, “mère de toutes les technopoles”, “Silicon Valley à la française”… Les écrits des pouvoirs publics et des lobbies économiques sont unanimes: le développement de notre ville gravite manifestement autour de la fameuse liaison Recherche-Armée-Industrie, des micro et nanotechnologies, du CEA (Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique) et de ses start-ups …

    [From Nanodot editor: Here is a machine translation: Grenoble, “mother of all the technopoles”, “Silicon Valley to the Frenchwoman”… The manuscripts of the authorities and economical lobbies are unanimous: the development of our city gravitates obviously around the fine liaison Research-Army one-Industry, microphones and nanotechnologies, CEA (Commissionership to the Atomic energy) and of its start-ups …]

  4. Adrian Wilkins Says:

    Translation : (excuse my weak French, but it’s more comprehensible than the machine, I think)

    Grenoble, mother of all the technopoles [loosely translated = "centres of innovation"], Silicon Valley of France … The writings of public opinion and the economic lobby are unanimous : – the development of your town obviously centres around the infamous Military-Industrial Complex, micro- and nano- technologies, the Atomic Energy Commission, and their start-ups.

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