Are Amazon Jobs Worth 1,400 Loads of Traffic? French Region Is Split

SourceThe New York Times
CountryMiddle east

The picturesque Gard desperately needs more employment. But environmentalists are pushing back at what they see as a looming blight.A proposed Amazon warehouse would add jobs but also truck and delivery van traffic around the vineyards in the Gard region of southern France.Credit...Andrea Mantovani for The New York TimesBy Liz AldermanFOURNÈS, France — On a sultry September morning, Claudie Cortellini headed into the vineyards to survey the grapes that go into her family’s heady Côtes du Rhône wines. In recent years, she has fought to ensure a good harvest as the climate grows warmer. But these days, she is facing an even bigger foe: a giant Amazon sorting center slated for construction near her land.The project, a concrete-and-steel behemoth that would span nine acres, promises to bring hundreds of jobs more...