Starlink: heavy setbacks for Elon Musk and SpaceX in two French municipalities

This is a heavy setback for Elon Musk and SpaceX. The company of the whimsical billionaire, which is developing its Starlink project in order to provide high-speed Internet everywhere in the world, has just definitively given up on two projects in two towns in France. Indeed, faced with the opposition of residents and elected officials, a first project planned in Saint-Senier-de-Beuvron, in the Manche and a few kilometers from Mont Saint-Michel has just been definitively abandoned, according to information from West France.

A relief to the opponents of these antennas of several meters which were to come to settle in the small village of 346 inhabitants. It was the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications, Posts and Press Distribution (Arcep) which confirmed the abandonment of the project. This first failure is not the only one since that of Gravelines, in the North, has also just been abandoned by the company. A decision taken on January 20, details La Voix du Nord while in April 2021, then the mayor of the town had refused to issue a building permit to Elon Musk and SpaceX.

“To turn back the multinationals”

According to information from Ouest-France, there is now only one French site left concerned by the installation of Starlink antennas, that of Villenave-d’Ornon, in Gironde. A project which, for the moment, seems to be maintained by Elon Musk unlike the other two. And the opponents of the antennas of this small town could be inspired by the fight of Saint-Senier-de-Breuvon and Gravelines. “Making multinationals turn back, we can only be satisfied”, details an environmental activist in the regional daily.

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