French activists clash again with police at protest camp

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French activists clash again with police at protest camp
Environmental activists are silhouetted against a burning flare during clashes with police officers in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, outside the city of Nantes, western France, Monday, April 9, 2018. Some 2,500 French police tore down flaming barricades and fired tear gas at tenacious squatters Monday as they evacuated a protest camp erected nearly a decade ago to block construction of an airport. (AP Photo/Vincent Vinont)

PARIS (AP) — French activists have clashed with riot police for the second consecutive day in western France as authorities continued evacuating a protest camp erected nearly a decade ago to block construction of an airport.

Four more police officers were injured Tuesday, suffering leg wounds, a day after one officer was hospitalized after being hit in the eye with a flare at the site in Notre-Dame-des-Landes.

The gendarme service denied claims that one of its vehicles burned down after it was hit by a Molotov cocktail.

The French government in January abandoned plans for the airport after 50 years of debate, and gave squatters until spring to clear out. The government requisitioned the land from farmers for the airport, but is now offering to return the land to those who want it.