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France

France: millions strike and march against Sarkozy and capitalism

2.5 million French workers have struck in opposition to a whole host of "reforms" being pushed through by President Sarkozy. Marc Lassalle reports from Paris. Read more...

New anticapitalist party: on what basis and on what programme?

Over a year ago, when the LCR declared that a new anticapitalist party was necessity it was greeted with widespread interest both in France and more widely in Europe. The LCR's 17th Congress, meeting from 24 to 27 January, decided to launch an initiative for the creation of a 'new anti-capitalist party'. The LCR announced this would involve a constituent process, culminating in the founding of a new party by the end of this year. The statement affirmed: Read more...

Report on LCR May 30 meeting at the Mutualité before the European Anticapitalist Conference

Around a thousand people listened to a very long list of speakers, including May '68 veterans Daniel Bensaid and Alain Krivine. Read more...

The anticapitalist party project of the Ligue Communiste Révolutionnaire

Martin Suchanek interviews Marc Lassalle and Ines Fertin from France on the new project of the LCR. Read more...

France: Lutte Ouvrière deaf to call for anticapitalist party

The annual fair, hosted by French far left group, Lutte Ouvrière (LO), took place in blazing sunshine this year. But unfortunately for the organisers, the main topic of discussion amongst the visitors was the proposal of their long-term rival, the Ligue Communiste Révolutionniare (LCR), for a new anticapitalist party. The various factions and organisations were, reports Jeremy Dewar, judging each other and being judged on the basis of their response to one question: "What do you propose to do about the LCR's call for a new party?" Read more...

France, May '68  'Everything was possible'

At the start of 1968 France had 550,000 students, well over a third of them located in Paris. Their numbers had nearly tripled since 1960. This spectacular growth was a reflection of the changing needs of French capitalism, which had undergone a feverish technological renewal in the 10 years following de Gaulle's seizure of power in 1958. Read more...

The LCR and the new anticapitalist party

Against the background of Nicolas Sarkozy completing his first year in office and with more attacks upcoming, the Ligue Communiste RÈvolutionnaire (LCR) has launched a campaign for a new anticapitalist party. Martin Suchanek looks at how revolutionaries should respond to this. Read more...

France: can a new, revolutionary party be forged in struggle?

The last year has been a crucial one in France. First, Nicolas Sarkozy was elected president on a platform that promised a wave of massive attacks against the working class. Then came the first major battle, as railway workers defied him. Although they were defeated on the field of battle, this was a result of the betrayals of their own leaderships, not any reluctance to fight. Indeed, the union leaders had clearly signalled their intention to surrender on the very eve of the battle. Lastly, once again, the "revolutionary left" proved to be the dog that did not bark, that is, it failed to alert workers to bureaucratic treachery. This left  the heirs of May 1968  is itself clearly at a turning point. Lutte Ouvriere (LO), the most unchanging of them all, is moving rightwards to standing on a common slate with the Parti socialiste (PS) and has finally expelled its only faction. Meanwhile, the Ligue communiste rÈvolutionaire (LCR) has decided to launch a new, anticapitalist party. Read more...

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