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The villages of southern France take on Sarkozy over shale gas

Guardian: In the southern French region of Languedoc-Roussillon, there is a long and fine tradition of highly organised opposition to the threat of oppression and injustice. In the 13th century the Cathars put up a strong defence of their beliefs and territory against the merciless persecution meted out by the Albigensian crusade. Following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, French Protestants regrouped to continue practising their religion for more than 100 years in a network of secret gathering...