Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Real “No-Go Zone” of France: A Forbidden No Man’s Land Poisoned by War

Via Jeffery, The Feral Irishman

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When you imagine France and its scenic countryside, you might think of the picturesque villages, vineyards a plenty and endless rolling green hills to drive through on a blissful summer road trip. But there’s one corner of this scenic country that no one has been allowed to enter for nearly a century, known as the “Zone Rouge” (the red zone).

Pictured above is an artist’s impression of the forsaken territory, originally covering more than 1,200 square kilometres (460 sq miles) in the years following the Great War. Today, around 100km2 (roughly the size of Paris), is still strictly prohibited by law from public entry and agricultural use because of an impossible amount of human remains and unexploded chemical munitions yet to be recovered from the battlefields of both world wars.

Step inside the real “No Go-Zone”…

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6 comments:

  1. I have read that one in six British shells didn't explode in WW-1. That doesn't sound like much till you realize that the Brits fired more than 22 million shells a month -for four years. Now ad in the hundreds of millions of American, French, German, Italian, Russian and "other" shells fired in both world wars, and I'm surprised that anyone can still farm in parts of Europe. ---Ray

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    1. Amazing. I have an idea: when two countries decide to fight each other, have both select one person and they will have a duel which decides the war. Don't guess we could get anyone to go for that though. :) I know, logic gets you no
      where. :)

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  2. "Today, around 100km2 (roughly the size of Paris), is still strictly prohibited by law from public entry and agricultural use"

    No, today, there are no forbidden area to the public because we have planted hundreds of thousands of trees. We can't cut them and we can't dig. Only the agricultural use is prohibited.

    Giles (from Paris but some people of my family live in the old "no go zone".

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  3. I thought this was going to be about the "no go zones" where the muslims don't allow the infidels.

    Which also exist in the fusa.

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