Starlink: a small village in Normandy is united against an antenna of Elon Musk

Saint-Senier-de-Beuvron was chosen to host one of the sites of the Starlink company. The inhabitants oppose it.

Their project, they don’t want it, or they prefer it elsewhere. The inhabitants of Saint-Senier-de-Beuvron (Manche) have come into conflict with the Starlink company of Elon Musk, who wants to settle on the agricultural land of the town. The company is coming, which regulates electronic communications, to develop a high-speed satellite Internet system in France. To carry out its project, four land sites were chosen to set up relay antennas. Three have been pre-approved, they are in the Channel, in the Gironde and in the North. The Saint-Senier site would have covered the entire northwest area of ​​France.

From the outset, the Municipality of Manch was opposed to the project, a “precautionary principle“, Explains Noémie Brault, the first assistant. Elected residents first want to know the risks they run. “We have no experience feedback on this system which is brand new, we need soil studies and wave studies», Underlines Mayor Benoît Hamard. A concern for the “human health“, but also for “that of animals», Adds assistant Noémie Brault, also a breeder. An important question for this town of 350 inhabitants with several farms.

«We want to know if there is a danger»

The mistrust of farmers is all the stronger as they are already seeing problems which they attribute to very high voltage lines. “The risks of electromagnetic fields, we are already seeing them with the very high voltage lines which disturb many farms in this area.», Underlines EELV regional councilor François Dufour.

Same story with the cattle breeder Jean-Marc Belloir. This 57-year-old man, whose cows are said to be located right next to the complex, fears a “decreased milk productionOn his farm. Yet still today,

In addition to these concerns, François Dufour is surprised that we are trying to install this system in an area already connected to optical fiber.

A system monitored for 50 years

The inhabitants claim it, however, they have nothing against technology. “We’re not attacking Elon Musk, we’re not technophobic!»Assures Marie Falguières, 40 years old living less than a hundred meters from the field. “We don’t attack Elon Musk. I am a guide in the bay; I have a website. My TV husband works. But these antennas are completely new in any case in France. We want to know if there is danger or not», Details to AFP the concerned resident.

For its part, the ANFR, the national frequency agency ensures that no risk is incurred. Safety linked to the operation of communication stations, which only transmit to the sky. This system has already been in place in France for 50 years when the first satellites appeared.

Despite strong opposition to the project, residents have not lost their humor. As proof, the milk producer Jean-Marc Belloir baptized a calf born on Tuesday “ SpaceX du Beuvron ».

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