France

Parti de l’égalité socialiste holds Paris meeting on “yellow vest” protests

By our reporter, 18 December 2018

Several dozen people attended the meeting, including several “yellow vest” protesters as well as members of the Tamil community in Paris.

Fifth French “yellow vest” protest opposes Macron government

By Alex Lantier, 17 December 2018

The media and official parties are pressing the “yellow vests” to accept the legalizing of citizen-initiated referendums as a concession that would justify ending the protests.

French state prepares crackdown for fifth Saturday of “yellow vest” protests

By Will Morrow, 15 December 2018

The Paris police prefect announced that the response would be “about the same” as last Saturday, which saw mass arrests of over 1,700 people.

Rohini Hensman’s Indefensible: The ISO discovers its muse—the CIA—Part 1

By Alex Lantier, 14 December 2018

Hensman’s arguments tend inescapably in one direction: That US wars have been the main liberating force over the last quarter century.

Ex-1968 student leader Cohn-Bendit denounces French “yellow vest” protests

By Alex Lantier, 14 December 2018

The eruption of a political movement in the working class has provoked a rabidly hostile reaction from the middle-class anti-Marxist “left” milieu.

Mass shooting in Strasbourg kills 3, wounds 12 before “yellow vest” protest

By Alex Lantier, 13 December 2018

The French ruling elite is already seizing upon the attack to trample democratic rights with demands that “yellow vest” protesters abandon their protests against Macron.

Democrats downplay Google censorship at congressional hearing

By Andre Damon, 13 December 2018

The principal targets of censorship by the Internet companies, working with the US intelligence agencies, are left-wing, anti-war and socialist political viewpoints.

German daily accuses Macron of surrender to “yellow mob”

By Peter Schwarz, 13 December 2018

The German business press reacted indignantly to French President Macron’s attempt to appease the “yellow vest” protest movement with social concessions.

High school students protest in Paris against French government’s education reforms

By Alex Lantier, 12 December 2018

The students are opposing the government’s right-wing reforms and re-imposition of compulsory military service, while showing their support for the “yellow vests.”

Egypt bans yellow vest sales as French protesters reject Macron’s concessions

By Alex Lantier, 11 December 2018

Governments worldwide are panicking in the face of the growing militancy and political radicalization of the international working class.

UK workers, young people defend Yellow Vest protests in France: “I only wish that we could do it here as well!”

By our reporters, 11 December 2018

WSWS reporters spoke to workers and youth in Britain who support the Yellow Vest protests in France.

Which way forward for France’s “yellow vest” protests?

By Alex Lantier, 10 December 2018

The critical question is the independent organization of the working class, in France and internationally, in the preparation of a European general strike.

The “yellow vests”: A movement of workers against social inequality

By our reporters, 10 December 2018

In this video, workers participating in France’s “yellow vests” demonstrations explain their demands and appeal for international support.

No to the persecution of Eric Drouet

By Kumaran Ira, 10 December 2018

Macron tries to intimidate the “yellow vests” by persecuting one of the founders of the movement.

German workers express solidarity with “yellow vest” protests in France

By our reporters, 10 December 2018

German workers who spoke with Socialist Equality Party (SGP) candidates, expressed sympathy with the mass protests of the “yellow vests” in France. Many share the same grievances and confront the same inequities.

France’s “yellow vest” protesters brave repression and mass arrests

By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 9 December 2018

The French president’s attempts to staunch the protests through a combination of phony concessions and state violence have clearly failed.

French government threatens bloody crackdown on “yellow vest” protest

By Alex Lantier and Francis Dubois, 8 December 2018

Amid rising popular support for demonstrations against austerity and inequality, French officials are warning they will stop at nothing to halt the protests.

The demonstrations in France and the global class struggle

By Alex Lantier, 7 December 2018

As they face Macron’s brutal crackdown, workers and students in France fighting austerity and inequality must turn to the international working class.

German Left Party denounces “Yellow Vest” protests

By Peter Schwarz, 7 December 2018

The Left Party is instinctively hostile to any social movement that is not controlled and held in check by the trade unions.

“We stand with you because all of us are in the same fight”

US autoworkers express class solidarity with French workers

By Jerry White, 6 December 2018

The determination of the “yellow vest” protesters in the face of state repression by the French government has inspired workers in the United States and around the world.

France's “yellow vest” protests expose Jean-Luc Mélenchon's pro-capitalist populism

By Alex Lantier, 6 December 2018

Jean-Luc Mélenchon's attack on socialism and his proclamation of the political irrelevance of the working class reflect his hostility to growing social anger among workers.

Mobilize the working class against Macron!

By Alex Lantier, 5 December 2018

The critical task facing protests against austerity and inequality in France is to expand the struggle more broadly into the French and international working class.

French protests spark media demands for Facebook censorship

By Andre Damon, 5 December 2018

Sections of the press in France and the United States have seized upon the “yellow vest” demonstrations to directly demand the suppression of popular opposition on social media.

High school students and ambulance drivers join ‘Yellow Vest’ protests in France

By Alex Lantier, 4 December 2018

With a fourth consecutive Saturday of mass demonstrations against French President Emmanuel Macron’s regressive taxes planned this weekend, tens of thousands of high school students throughout France have staged demonstrations at their schools.

The mass protests in France: A new stage in the international class struggle

By The World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 3 December 2018

This weekend’s anti-austerity demonstrations in France have shown the working class to be not just an oppressed class, but a revolutionary class.

Third “yellow vest” protest in France defies government crackdown

By Anthony Torres, 3 December 2018

As protests spread across Europe, after the most violent police crackdown in downtown Paris in a half century, a historic political crisis is erupting.

Strikes and demonstrations shake France

By Alex Lantier, 1 December 2018

The struggles pose the necessity of organizing workers and youth independently of the unions and the parties defending Macron.

Left Party publications denounce protest movement in France

By Johannes Stern, 30 November 2018

In two separate articles, Neues Deutschland spreads the lies of the French government and the police that violence in Paris stems from the “Yellow Vest” demonstrators.

Rejecting Macron’s speech, fuel tax protesters call new demonstrations in France

By Alex Lantier, 28 November 2018

French President Macron’s decision to give a speech addressing the protesters only made clear that he firmly intends to pursue his right-wing policies and has nothing to offer.

Slanders depicting “Yellow Vest” protesters as violent neo-fascists collapse

By our reporter, 28 November 2018

None of those arrested at the demonstrations in Paris were wanted on charges associated with either far-right or anarchist groups.

No to Macron’s maneuvers to strangle the Yellow Vest protests in France

By Alex Lantier, 27 November 2018

The talks Macron is slated to offer today to the Yellow Vest protesters are a trap for a movement that requires a turn to the working class and a revolutionary strategy.

French riot police assault mass protests in Paris

By Alex Lantier, 26 November 2018

The French Interior Ministry claimed that 106,000 people participated in over a thousand protests across France, including 8,000 demonstrators on the Champs-Elysées in Paris.

French president bans fuel tax protest in Paris as strikes expand

By Alex Lantier, 24 November 2018

As the government of French President Emanuel Macron moved to ban protests against its fuel tax increase, strikes and demonstrations in support of the protest movement spread across France yesterday.

Black Friday strikes hit Amazon in Europe

By our reporters, 24 November 2018

Amazon workers launched strikes and protests in Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland, France and the UK.

France sends military against protesters on Réunion Island

By Anthony Torres, 23 November 2018

Announcing the deployment of the military to Réunion, Macron is escalating the repression carried out by France’s police state against workers and youth.

French government spokesman explains Macron’s policies by quoting anti-Semite Maurras

By Francois Dubois, 23 November 2018

The most likely explanation for Griveaux’s statement is that Maurras, the head of Action Francaise and supporter of the Nazis, is intensively read and discussed within the government.

No to the draft in France and Europe!

By Parti de l’égalité socialiste, 23 November 2018

Faced with plans to reintroduce military service across Europe, the decisive question is the construction of an anti-war movement in the international working class.

Amid mass protests, France announces return to universal military service

By Alex Lantier, 20 November 2018

After hundreds of thousands protested anti-worker tax hikes this weekend, the French government announced plans to begin drafting youth as early as next summer.

“Macron is the president of the rich”: “Yellow Vest” protesters speak out

By our reporters, 20 November 2018

Participants in the “Yellow Vest” protests across France, which continued yesterday in a number of regions, talked to the WSWS about why they are demonstrating.

France shaken by mass protests

By Alex Lantier, 19 November 2018

There were cries of “Macron resign” from protesters holding signs saying “No to the president of the rich.”

French riot police attack protests against deadly Marseille building collapse

By Anthony Torres, 17 November 2018

The clashes express the immense social anger over the deaths of eight people in the building collapse on the Rue d’Aubagne.

French “Yellow Vest” protesters prepare road blockades against fuel tax hike

By Anthony Torres, 16 November 2018

Fear is growing in official circles that tomorrow’s nationwide road blockades could develop into an explosion of mass social anger against French President Macron.

French teachers mobilize against Macron’s attacks on education

By Anthony Torres, 15 November 2018

Monday’s strike was the first day of action called by the education unions since 2011.

Thousands protest Trump’s visit to Paris for centenary of World War I armistice

By our reporters, 13 November 2018

During the US president’s visit on November 11, thousands of people came out on Republic Square to protest war and austerity.

Bitter US-European tensions mark centenary of World War I armistice in Paris

By Alex Lantier, 12 November 2018

Heads of state from 70 countries gathered in Paris to mark the centenary of the end of World War I under the shadow of rising conflicts between the great powers.

French President Macron hails fascist dictator Philippe Pétain

By Alex Lantier, 10 November 2018

Macron’s attempt to rehabilitate Pétain is an unabashed appeal to the far right, which he is cultivating as a base of support amid rising opposition among workers.

New Caledonia referendum rejects independence from France

By John Braddock, 6 November 2018

The vote against independence will do nothing to resolve the legacy of colonialism and deep social divisions in the French Pacific territory.

Inviting Trump to Paris, Macron evokes the specter of fascism and the 1930s

By Alex Lantier, 5 November 2018

Macron is inviting America’s far-right president while hypocritically criticizing European neo-fascism as a danger to the pursuit of European imperialist interests.

France to send aircraft carrier to South China Sea to threaten China

By Anthony Torres, 2 November 2018

Amid growing tensions between the major powers, France’s nuclear-armed aircraft carrier is set to travel next year to the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea.

French flooding deaths expose legacy of austerity

By Olivier Laurent, 25 October 2018

Fourteen people were killed and 75 injured in floods that ravaged the Aude region of southern France last week.

The raid on Unsubmissive France and the global rise of state repression

By Alex Lantier, 19 October 2018

Coming after the brutal state murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the raid on LFI points to a generalized resort to police state repression against political opposition

”We are beginning to see the same thing in France”

Refugee who fled Chile’s dictatorship denounces police raids against Unsubmissive France

By Alex Lantier, 18 October 2018

We spoke with Myriam, a Chilean refugee, about the police raids on the offices of Jean-Luc Melenchon’s Unsubmissive France.

After police raids on LFI, French courts and media denounce Mélenchon

By Alex Lantier, 18 October 2018

The official reaction to the police raids on Mélenchon’s LFI movement shows that a police state exists and is rapidly consolidating itself in France.

Macron organises French cabinet reshuffle to pursue austerity and militarism

By Francis Dubois, 18 October 2018

The government reorganisation will not resolve the crisis of rule emerging from growing working class opposition to Macron's program.

Police raid on Mélenchon: The state attacks the Unsubmissive France party

By Alex Lantier, 17 October 2018

The political targeting of a party that received 20 percent of the vote, including most left-wing voters, marks a major step toward authoritarian rule.

A reply to French daily Libération

Is the WSWS exaggerating the threat of war?

By Alex Lantier, 17 October 2018

While admitting the WSWS accurately reports US military measures aimed at Russia and China, Libération claims that we are overstating US preparations for “total war.”

In Rome, Salvini and Le Pen launch campaign for a neo-fascist Europe

By Francis Dubois and Alex Lantier, 15 October 2018

Exploiting reactionary austerity policies carried out by social-democratic and pseudo-left parties across Europe, the two neo-fascistic leaders posed as defenders of the peoples of Europe.

Macron fails to name new French government

By Francis Dubois, 13 October 2018

More than ten days after Interior Minister Gérard Collomb resigned, President Emmanuel Macron again missed a self-imposed deadline to name a new government.

France’s Mélenchon tacitly backs Wagenknecht’s xenophobic Aufstehen group

By Anthony Torres, 13 October 2018

By his silence, Mélenchon is tacitly supporting forces within his Unsubmissive France party that are orienting toward right-wing populism and the militarization of Europe.

Workers and retirees rally against French government’s austerity policies

By Anthony Torres, 10 October 2018

As Macron slashes wage levels and basic social rights in France, growing numbers of workers distrust the unions and are calling for a general strike.

French government on verge of collapse after interior minister resigns

By Alex Lantier, 9 October 2018

Like rats fleeing a sinking ship, ministers are abandoning Macron in an attempt to save their political careers by finding positions in municipal politics.

Build rank-and-file committees to unify struggles against austerity in France!

By the Socialist Equality Party (France), 9 October 2018

Workers face the choice between President Emmanuel Macron’s social counterrevolution and a revolutionary struggle to bring down the Macron government.

French government staggered by Interior Minister Collomb’s resignation

By Francis Dubois, 8 October 2018

Collomb’s resignation has laid bare the weakness of President Emmanuel Macron’s government.

“I am a poet who has the ability to sing his poems” – Charles Aznavour (1924-2018)

By Paul Bond, 6 October 2018

Aznavour grew up with a love of music and theatre and leaves a legacy of some 1,200 songs, innumerable recordings, and some notable film appearances.

International Court of Justice strikes down US sanctions against Iran

By Alex Lantier, 4 October 2018

The International Court of Justice has no power to enforce its decision, and US officials immediately made clear they will defy the ICJ ruling.

Macron whitewashes French state murder of Maurice Audin

By Francis Dubois and Alex Lantier, 1 October 2018

Audin’s murder in Algeria constitutes a warning of the nature of imperialist war, which still echoes 60 years on, as NATO intervenes across the Middle East.

Macron impeachment mooted as more French ministers resign

By Francis Dubois, 22 September 2018

Two weeks after Macron called for a “common front” of all his ministers as the school year began, ministers are constantly resigning, throwing into question the survival of the government.

French far-right tough defends fascist murder of Méric: “He asked for it!”

By Anthony Torres, 19 September 2018

The provocative statements underscore that the fascist murder of Méric was a political act carried out in close connection to powerful forces inside the police apparatus.

French neo-fascists who killed Clément Méric receive short jail terms

By Anthony Torres, 19 September 2018

The trial was above all a whitewash of the close ties between the police and the neo-fascist thugs who fatally assaulted a left-wing, anti-fascist student.

In France, Mélenchon advisor hails Wagenknecht’s anti-immigrant Aufstehen group

By Alex Lantier, 17 September 2018

Kuzmanovic applauded Aufstehen’s xenophobic line as a strategy for Melenchon's Unsubmissive France (LFI) to win workers’ votes.

Trial starts five years after fascist murder of French student Clément Méric

By Anthony Torres, 14 September 2018

As they try to integrate neo-fascist politicians into official mainstream politics, the police and the ruling elite are whitewashing the murder of Méric.

French ministers resign as Macron government plunges in polls

By Francis Dubois, 7 September 2018

Hostility to President Macron’s agenda is spreading among not only among workers, but also broad sections of small business.

070 French government minsters resign

6 September 2018

Why are French media obsessed with Ecology Minister Hulot’s resignation?

By Francis Dubois, 4 September 2018

While the media endlessly discuss the crisis of the government, their obsession with Hulot obscures the deep unpopularity of Macron’s policies of austerity and war.

French, British boats clash over English Channel scallops amid Brexit crisis

By Alex Lantier, 31 August 2018

The clash highlighted how unexpected conflicts could erupt over Britain’s exit from the EU amid the relentless stoking of nationalism on both sides of the Channel.

Arsène Tchakarian (1916-2018): the Manouchian Group’s resistance struggle

Part 2: Who betrayed the Manouchian Group?

By Francis Dubois and Alex Lantier, 31 August 2018

There is no doubt that the Stalinists’ decision to sacrifice the Manouchian Group was bound up with their genocidal onslaught against Trotskyism and the Left Opposition.

Mélenchon’s Unsubmissive France opens summer school with overtures to right-wing parties

By Francis Dubois, 30 August 2018

Mélenchon’s invitation of right-wing parties to his summer school marks another milestone in the right-wing trajectory of the middle-class pseudo-left.

Who is Unsubmissive France’s “Comrade Policeman” Alexandre Langlois?

By Anthony Torres, 30 August 2018

An intelligence agent who read some Marx while in an agency that set up provocations against strikers, Langlois was ideally placed to join the populist pseudo-left.

Arsène Tchakarian (1916–2018): The Manouchian Group’s resistance struggle

Part 1: The political origins and military record of the resistance fighters

By Francis Dubois and Alex Lantier, 30 August 2018

Arsène Tchakarian, the last remaining survivor of the famed Manouchian Group of the French Resistance, died on August 4, 2018, at the age of 101.

French government announces plan to undermine pension system

By Francis Dubois, 28 August 2018

While giving tens of billions of euros in tax cuts to the super-rich, President Macron is slashing pensions, eliminating social rights established more than 70 years ago.

Macron’s education cuts deny admission to thousands of French university students

By Kumaran Ira, 27 August 2018

The measure aims to make universities more competitive and to prepare their privatization.

Unsubmissive France summer school: Mélenchon invites the right wing

By Anthony Torres, 14 August 2018

Mélenchon’s attempts to ally with the political right must serve as a warning to workers that he plans to carry out a violently anti-worker policy.

Spanish army hails record of fascist dictator Francisco Franco

By Alejandro Lopez, 10 August 2018

A group of 181 retired Spanish army officers issued a statement hailing fascist dictator Francisco Franco for "saving" Spain during the Spanish Civil War.

Appeal to neo-fascists on police scandal exposes reactionary role of Unsubmissive France

By Francis Dubois, 4 August 2018

Unsubmissive France is advancing out a populist, anti-worker policy compatible with police repression.

Lafarge investigation exposes US-French collusion with ISIS in Syria

By Francis Dubois, 3 August 2018

Former Foreign Secretary Laurent Fabius claimed to know nothing about it, but ties between terrorist groups and the former Socialist Party government are rapidly coming to light.

France sets aside €300 billion for military in 2019-2025 budget plans

By Kumaran Ira, 1 August 2018

The massive increase in military spending underscores the fact that a fundamental aim of European austerity policies is to finance large-scale imperialist wars.

Benalla affair destabilises Macron government in France

By Francis Dubois, 31 July 2018

The campaign by the police and parliamentary opposition to Macron is aimed at defending the police apparatus and supporting the president’s policies of militarism and austerity.

French police scandal exposes Mélenchon’s ties to the police state

By Anthony Torres, 31 July 2018

Mélenchon’s ardent defense of the police in his attacks on French President Macron reflect his organization’s close ties to the police and intelligence agencies.

Wealthiest 500 French people own 30 percent of the country’s GDP

By Kumaran Ira, 25 July 2018

The vast fortunes accumulated by the financial aristocracy are the product of the social plunder of the working class that President Emmanuel Macron is accelerating.

French presidential scandal: Mélenchon defends the riot police

By Francis Dubois and Alex Lantier, 24 July 2018

Mélenchon was careful not to appeal to anger among workers and youth at the arbitrary police violence captured in a viral video of a presidential aide assaulting protesters.

Top French presidential aide held for illegally assaulting peaceful protesters

By Anthony Torres, 21 July 2018

For months, the Elysée presidential palace covered up this brutal and illegal assault on protesters who were exercising their democratic rights.

France wins football World Cup

By Anthony Torres, 16 July 2018

This Cup, marked by many surprise eliminations of top teams, ended with a match between two countries, France and Croatia, that were far from the favorites to win.

Human right groups reveal French complicity in torture in Egypt

By Francis Dubois, 14 July 2018

French corporations and governments are active accomplices in the bloody Egyptian military junta’s mass surveillance and repression of the Egyptian people.

Riots erupt in Nantes in western France after police murder

By Alex Lantier, 5 July 2018

Multiple witnesses to the killing, including journalists, stated that police coldly executed the victim at point-blank range even though he posed no danger to them.

Merkel, Macron call for more EU militarism at Meseberg conference

By Alex Lantier, 20 June 2018

Merkel and Macron signed an agreement for a drastic expansion of EU militarism and joint attacks on immigrants together with far-right governments in Italy and Austria.

Clashing with Rome, Paris persecutes refugees at Italian border

By Athiyan Silva and Alex Lantier, 18 June 2018

While making empty criticisms of Rome’s callous refusal to help 629 refugees trapped aboard the Aquarius, Macron is stepping up France’s offensive against refugees.

Despite rising social anger, Macron pledges to step up austerity attacks in France

By Alex Lantier, 16 June 2018

The multimillionaire banker-president denounced the “crazy amounts of money” he claims France spends on the poor.

Unions call four-day strike at Air France

By Kumaran Ira, 14 June 2018

The strike call comes amid rising anger in the workforce after workers voted to reject a concessions contract negotiation by the unions and Air France management.

Mass layoffs announced at French retail giant Carrefour

By Anthony Torres, 12 June 2018

Carrefour announced last week that it would close down 272 stores it purchased from the Dia retail chain, laying off thousands of workers.

Anti-“fake news” bill gives French state unchecked Internet censorship powers

By Alex Lantier, 8 June 2018

Judges will be allowed to force service providers to take down material posted on the Internet simply by asserting that they believe it to be “fake news.”