National Sections of the L5I:

France

France: strikes and demonstrations unite public and private sector workers and youth

On Thursday 10 March France was hit by another huge day of action. This combined strike action by large numbers of workers, both private and public sector, with huge demonstrations in all the major cities.

In Paris 150,000 participants, marched from Place d’Italie to Place de la Nation behind a giant banner reading “Higher wages, shorter working hours, against deregulation and unemployment.” Read more...

Paris ESF: The right attack, the left concede

From 13-15 November, according to the organisers’ own figures, 51,000 activists from around Europe and beyond participated in the second European Social Forum. They listened to speeches, debated alternative strategies for resistance to war and globalising capitalism, they made international and even intercontinental contact with one another. This huge international gathering is and remains an enormous step forward over the narrow national isolation of the last twenty years and more. Read more...

Paris ESF: The right wing dominates the platform, the left wing the floor

During 13-15 November Paris and the surrounding towns of Bobigny, Ivry-sur-seine and St Denis, were hosts to 50,000 activists from around Europe as they debated and networked at the second European Social Forum. Read more...

Paris ESF: fight for democracy, social forums and a fifth international

The European Social Forum meets in Paris this week (12-16 November) after a year of remarkable successes for in expanding the movement against global capitalism and imperialist war. Read more...

Far left agrees electoral pact for 2004

Last week, the two principal French Trotskyist organisations, Lutte Ouvrière and the Ligue Communiste Révolutionnaire, agreed to have joint lists in next year's Regional and European elections. This produced alarmist articles in the world's press as editorialists and journalists fretted over the idea that revolutionary politics might be a viable option for the French electorate. Read more...

Paris ESF: our movement's not for sale -Attac attacks the left

In the run in to the European Social Forum rumours are rife that the organisers will use their enormous material clout to ensure that the forum does not lead to any radical actions. The leaders of ATTAC France, their close allies in the CGT union bureaucracy and the reformist Parti Communiste Français (PCF) dominate the organising committee. Sharp conflicts with the Ligue Communiste Revolutionnaire (LCR) are widely reported. Read more...

Paris ESF: movement must call for European-wide general strike

The governments and central institutions of the European Union have launched a concerted offensive against our social and public services, jobs, and pensions. This is dictated by globalising capital-- the giant industrial financial and trading corporations. They demand that public transport, health, social welfare, pension and education systems be privatized or subordinated to the “laws of the market". Read more...

Paris ESF: The challenges facing Paris

The second European Social Forum in Paris next month meets at a crucial time for the anti-capitalist movement. Read more...

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