Ttoo much noise, too much pollution… And a petition. The residents close to the Cholet aerodrome are furious: the theme park is flying a plane, a Dassault MD-312 Flamant, when the show talks about the Second World War. The plane leaves the aerodrome to fly over the scene for 10 seconds, according to France Bleu Loire Océan. Local residents have therefore launched a petition to put an end to these thefts.
Duration of the entire flight: one hour. “I don’t see the point of flying a polluting and noisy plane for such a short passage. Puy du Fou underestimates the impact, but it is no longer tenable”, annoys Laurent David, president of Adena (Association for the defense against nuisances from the aerodrome of Cholet-Le Pontreau) with local radio.
In a show, the logic of emotion dominates everything else.
“This plane creates noise pollution all along its route and local residents have been suffering from it for 3 years. Not to mention the air pollution it causes. In a context of climate and ecological crisis, this activity seems completely anachronistic and absurd”, insists the association, in its text presenting the petition.
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Petition which has so far interested 12,000 people. Puy du Fou defended itself in a press release: “In a show, the logic of emotion dominates everything else. This emotion responds to rules of rhythm and staging that sometimes require the onset of an effect to last only a few seconds, precisely to make it more realistic, stronger, more spectacular and more moving. The passage of the plane, which effectively only represents a moment of the show, is therefore in no way anecdotal. »
The theme park also defends itself by recalling that “respect for the environment has been in Puy du Fou’s DNA since its creation”. There are still four performances left this season where the plane will fly over Cholet and the Puy du Fou.