In Tarascon, the “smelly” factory and its thousands of jobs



Françoise Nyssen does not take offense. The former Minister of Culture, who has resumed her life in Arles and her functions as director of the Actes Sud publishing house, is annoyed to see the Fiber Excellence pulp mill in Tarascon (FET), whose chimneys continuously spit fumes in fifty shades of gray, saved from bankruptcy by the government. “I personally delivered a file on this polluting installation in 2018 to Nicolas Hulot [alors ministre de la Transition écologique, NDLR], but his services judged it to be a good factory. It’s incredible ! “

Her husband, Jean-Paul Capitani, is also inexhaustible on “Gougnafiers” at the head of this “Unhealthy factory that throws filth into the atmosphere”, and that he holds responsible for his asthma, despite the 16 kilometers that separate them.

“She has nothing to do there. It was created in 1951 to make dough from alpha from Algeria. It is a legacy of the colonial era! In the name of employment and on behalf of an international group with unreadable activities, we carry at arm’s length a factory from the past. “

The couple wish him the same fate as the coal mines, “That we did well to close”. But their wish is not about to come true.

The buyer? The former failing operator!

From the Camargue to the foot of the Alpilles, everyone knows the Tarascon factory, an enormous building planted for seventy years on the banks of the Rhône, Seveso classified and whose smell of

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