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France, difficult to exploit a precious lithium deposit

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France has a precious lithium deposit, but it is unlikely that it will be able to exploit it not only because the site is located in a protected natural area in Tréguennec, in Finistère, but also because of the strong opposition of the local community.
As FP reports, the population has long started debates and demonstrations to prevent the extraction project from being concretized, which has been talked about since 2018, that is since the Bureau of Geological and Mining Research (BRGM) discovered this ‘treasure’ in Brittany. Asked by the newspaper Les Echos a few days ago, the head of the Ecological Transition department Barbara Pompili said that “France must extract lithium from its territory”.
The deposit is located on the site of an old quarry, in the locality called Prat-ar-Hastel, an area of ​​swamps and dunes, but also of prehistoric finds and which has been included in the Natura 2000 list, which is the most large coordinated network of protected areas in the world.
According to experts’ estimates, the Tréguennec lithium field is the second most important in France after that of Beauvoir – Allier north-west of Lyon. Lithium is now one of the most sought after components in the world for the production of automotive batteries and its price has literally exploded on the world market, with an increase of 77% in 2022 alone.

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