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France

Greetings from (pre)revolutionary France!

Yesterday, Tuesday 28th, three million people took to the streets in a massive show of strength against de Villepin and the government’s attempt to bring in the CPE. LFI members where there from Britain to experience the movement first hand, alongside our French comrades. Read more...

France: students and workers on the streets again

In scenes reminiscent of May 1968, albeit on a smaller scale, CRS riot police stormed the Sorbonne in Paris at four o’clock on Saturday morning, to drive out 200 students and others who had been occupying the building for four days. They used tear gas grenades, and batons to clear the main building. At least two people were injured and eleven arrests made. Read more...

France: Workers must unite in struggle with the youth

On 19 November around 30,000 people demonstrated in defence of public services and against privatisations. The turnout reflected the fact that the main union federation, the CGT, effectively boycotted it.

This explains why it fell so short of the last day of action on 4 October that mustered one million people. It most certainly was not a sufficient expression of anger given the blows presently raining down on workers and the repression against the rebellious youth in the banlieues, the run down suburbs of Paris. Read more...

Workers must unite in struggle with the youth

On 19 November around 30,000 people demonstrated in defence of public services and against privatisations. The turnout reflected the fact that the main union federation, the CGT, effectively boycotted it. Read more...

France: Youth uprising demands end to racism

After 12 nights of rioting in the suburbs of Paris and many other French towns and cities, the premier Dominique de Villepin and president Jaques Chirac have resorted to further repression. They have invoked a law (3 April 1955) passed during the Algerian War of Liberation giving the prefects the right to declare a state of emergency in their regions, involving curfews, closing of places of entertainment and draconian penalties for breaches of it. Read more...

France and Belgium: One-day general strikes show need to escalate

The French labour movement has been on the streets in force once again. On 4 October more than a million workers - according to Rouge and L'Humanite - demonstrated in more than 150 cities and towns. Supported by all the main union federations the objective was to protest against the neoliberal reforms announced by the prime minister Dominique de Villepin earlier in the summer. Another major issue affecting private sector workers is falling real wages and the threat of job losses and closures in a whole series of companies. Read more...

European Left plan counter attack after the French no vote

In Paris on June 24th and 25th a conference of around 200 activists from around Europe gathered to discuss the victory of the French Non and the Dutch No campaigns in referendums on the draft European Constitution.

The constitution seems as dead as the proverbial parrot, even though there is a referendum in Luxembourg on July 10th. But it would be unwise indeed to imagine that Europe’s rulers will abandon their plans to “Americanise” the European Union in order to become an effective economic and eventually military counterweight to the transatlantic colossus that presently bestrides the world. Read more...

French workers say no to neo-liberal EU constitution

In a historical referendum on May 29 the French masses voted in large numbers and rejected the EU constitutional treaty designed to carve in stone the neoliberal policies at the core of the EU project.

The 55 per cent rejection of the proposed constitution was also a clear rejection of the neo-liberal polices that president Jacques Chirac and his Prime Minister Pierre Raffarin were implementing in France. Read more...

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