Photographer's Note

The saline of Gruissan were exploited since Roman times until nowadays.
Over the centuries the salt marsh operated by the village braved the wars, conflicts and revolutions, salt was harvested without interruption.
Salt is a natural resource in the service of sustainable development but also the preservation of biodiversity.
Les Salins du Midi and Salines de l'Est, which achieved a turnover of 150 million euros in 2008, was founded in the nineteenth century and produced all types of salts, food and industrial products.
However because of globalization, offshoring and speculation the Salins ofGruissan were then closed in September 2009.
Speculators have preferred to exploit the salt of Tunisia more cheaper.
100 marsh people are currently unemployed and this closure is contributeating to ecosystem degradation, loss of rare plants and flamingos disappearance
and degradation of coastal south.

At this rate of business closures, France risks to become a touristic muesum of industry.

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