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New Terminal of the Paris Roissy Airport, France

Between 2018 and 2021, the project of creating a new terminal at the Paris Roissy Airport was contested by activists in online compain and during protests. The French government abandoned the project in February 2021.


In 2018, ADP - the French company managing the Paris Roissy Airport - approved a project to build the new Terminal 4 to increase the capacity of the airport by 40%. The building works were planned to last 20 years but a partial opening would have taken place just in time for the 2024 Paris Olympic [1].

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:New Terminal of the Paris Roissy Airport, France
State or province:Île-de-France
Location of conflict:Roissy-en-France (95716)
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Infrastructure and Built Environment
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Ports and airport projects
Specific commodities:Land
Tourism services
Project Details and Actors
Project details

In 2018 the company managing the Paris Roissy airport - Aéroport de Paris - launched studies to build a terminal 4 to welcome 30 to 40 millions passengers per year [3]. The construction was planned to last 20 years but the first part of the project was supposed to be finished before the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. The project should have costed between 7 and 9 billions euros [1].

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Level of Investment for the conflictive project8,000,000,000.00
Type of populationSemi-urban
Start of the conflict:01/02/2018
End of the conflict:11/02/2021
Company names or state enterprises:Aéroport de Paris (ADP) from France - ADP would have benefited from the construction of the new terminal on its airport.
Relevant government actors:French government, which is a big shareholder of ADP
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:- Non au Terminal 4 de Roissy
- Greenpeace France
- Alternatiba
- ANV-COP 21
-ecological activists, including XR
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:International ejos
Local ejos
Social movements
Forms of mobilization:Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Street protest/marches
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Introduction in the building and tarmac of the Airport
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Genetic contamination, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Global warming, Noise pollution
Health ImpactsPotential: Occupational disease and accidents, Infectious diseases
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Violations of human rights
Project StatusStopped
Conflict outcome / response:Strengthening of participation
Project cancelled
Proposal and development of alternatives:On top of a scrap of the project, the opponents ask for the prohibition of building new airports and the extension of all existing airports. They also supported the proposition of the ‘Convention Citoyenne pour le Climat’ – the citizen assembly conveyed by the President to put forward measures to fight climate change – to eliminate all national flights for which a train journey of less than 4 hours exists [6]. President Macron committed himself to take the propositions of the Convention without any filter but he did not.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:The project was totally abandoned by the French government [1]. However, the CEO of ADP announced that the government asked him to prepare another project [7].
Part of the charges against some protesters - those who painted an airplane green during the action on the 5th of March - were dropped by a judge because of the violations of their rights during the investigation [9].
Sources & Materials
References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

[9] "Il n'y a pas que le CO2 - Le transport aérien doit réduire tous ses impacts climatiques", Stay Grounded, 10/2020 (online: last assessed 20/03/2021).
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[1] "Aéronautique : abandon du projet de terminal 4 à Roissy", France 2 & France info, 11/02/2021 (online: last assessed 26/02/2021)
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[2] "Roissy : des militants écologistes s’introduisent sur le tarmac de l’aéroport", Le Parisien, 03/10/2020 (online: last assessed 26/02/2021)
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[3] "ADP prépare le terminal 4, la dernière grande aérogare de Roissy", La Tribune, 05/03/2018 (online: last assessed 26/02/2021)
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[3] "ADP prépare le terminal 4, la dernière grande aérogare de Roissy", La Tribune, 05/03/2018 (online: last assessed 26/02/2021)
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[3] "ADP prépare le terminal 4, la dernière grande aérogare de Roissy", La Tribune, 05/03/2018 (online: last assessed 26/02/2021)
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[6] "Vents contraires sur l’aviation : retour sur les mobilisations du 3 octobre", Alternatiba, 06/10/2020 (online: last assessed 17/03/2021).
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[8] "Non à l’extension de l’aéroport de Roissy : une bombe climatique et sanitaire", Advocnar, 20/12/2020 (online: last assessed: 20/03/2021).
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

[7] Video "Club de l'Économie | Défense, aérien, à quoi ressemblera la sortie de la crise ?" from 1:03:50, Le Monde, 11/03/2021 (online: last assessed 17/03/2021).
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Last update09/11/2021
Conflict ID:5413
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