By Alex Lantier, 4 July 2020
Jean Castex is being brought in to coordinate with the unions the draconian austerity policies that Macron and the banks will impose amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Will Morrow, 4 July 2020
As an international wave of layoffs and plant closures comes in France, the trade unions are working closely with the Macron government and employers to suppress workers’ opposition to this assault.
By Joanne Laurier, 3 July 2020
The French Netflix miniseries concerns the plight of a middle-aged, middle class man who seeks to redress his long-term unemployment through extreme measures.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 30 June 2020
The leaders of Germany and France called for stepped-up military spending and austerity to ensure Europe’s ability to wage war independently from Washington.
By Will Morrow, 27 June 2020
The resurgence is driven by governments’ reopening policy, whose aim is the full resumption of corporate profit-making, regardless of the threat to workers.
By Alex Lantier, 24 June 2020
Even as COVID-19 threatens millions in Africa, the NATO powers risk escalating their nine-year carve-up of Libya into a major regional or even global conflict.
By Will Morrow, 20 June 2020
The response of the French ruling class to health care workers’ demands for increased resources to combat the pandemic in decent and safe conditions is naked repression.
By Anthony Torres, 20 June 2020
After receiving a €7 billion public bailout, the French-Dutch airline is preparing to slash between 6,000 and 10,000 jobs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Jacques Valentin, 20 June 2020
Kabuga, who financed and helped equip the genocidal Interahamwe militias, had been located by police in 2007 but was still living quietly in the Paris suburbs.
By Will Morrow, 19 June 2020
Drawing an analogy to the coronavirus pandemic, Burkhard stated that the eruption of a major war “is missing only the patient zero of the epidemic war.”
By Will Morrow, 17 June 2020
The Macron administration organized a violent assault on health care workers who just weeks earlier were self-servingly hailed for their sacrifice during the pandemic.
By Kumaran Ira, 17 June 2020
While aerospace firms are receiving massive financial support from the state, they are preparing restructuring plans to slash jobs, wages and benefits.
By Alex Lantier, 16 June 2020
With Macron’s brief televised address, the ruling class is declaring an international class war against workers.
By Will Morrow, 15 June 2020
Tens of thousands filled the Place de la République in central Paris on Saturday afternoon to protest police violence and demand justice for the killings.
By Alex Lantier, 13 June 2020
The coronavirus pandemic and the international protests against the police murders of George Floyd and Adama Traoré have profoundly destabilized the government.
By Alex Lantier, 5 June 2020
After the anti-constitutional threats by Trump to deploy the military against protests in the United States, 20,000 people demonstrated in Paris on Tuesday.
By Peter Schwarz, 30 May 2020
Trade union support for the recovery programme is a signal to Paris and Berlin that they can rely on the unflinching support on the unions in combating rivals on the global market and implementing attacks on the working class.
By Alex Lantier, 26 May 2020
Four plants in France, three in Spain and tens of thousands of jobs worldwide are targeted amid a savage restructuring of the global auto industry.
By Will Morrow, 26 May 2020
Two weeks after the reopening of schools began in France, more than 70 schools have been forced to close as coronavirus cases have been found among students and teachers.
By Peter Schwarz, 22 May 2020
Merkel and Macron see the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to strengthen their countries’ position in the world market and reorganise the European economy in the interests of the major corporations.
By Will Morrow, 18 May 2020
This is a damning indictment of capitalist governments internationally which are reopening schools and asserting that the virus does not harm children.
By Anthony Torres and Alexandre Lantier, 14 May 2020
Mélenchon hails the Sacred Union between the far-right and social democracy in World War I as a model to keep social cohesion despite mass COVID-19 deaths.
By the National Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (France), 11 May 2020
The mass opposition of workers against the return to work in France and internationally, which threatens millions of lives, must be politically mobilized.
By Alex Lantier, 9 May 2020
The government’s reckless decision, in line with similar measures underway across Europe and the US, puts countless lives at risk.
By Jacques Valentin, 9 May 2020
The provisions cover the entire period since the state declared a national health emergency in March, and apply to elected representatives, ministers, civil servants and employers.
By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 6 May 2020
The CGT is refusing to call any strike action as Macron is pushing workers back into their workplaces next Monday.
By Nick Beams, 2 May 2020
The European Central Bank has taken the same road as the US Fed, committing itself to pump still more money across the board into the financial markets.
By Alexandre Lantier and Anthony Torres, 30 April 2020
The decision puts hundreds of thousands of lives at risk that have been saved by the insistence of the working class on measures to contain the disease.
By Anthony Torres, 27 April 2020
Hundreds of thousands of people in working class suburbs risk falling ill in frontline jobs, or going hungry while sheltering at home without any state support.
By Will Morrow, 25 April 2020
The government is downplaying the disastrous impact that an end to confinement will have on the spread of COVID-19.
By Will Morrow, 23 April 2020
While sparked by the latest act of wanton police violence, the riots are more fundamentally driven by popular anger over social inequality and the right-wing policies of the Macron administration.
Amazon shuts down French distribution centers after court requires protection of employees from coronavirus
By Will Morrow, 22 April 2020
The closure is a naked act of economic blackmail, using Amazon’s control over logistics infrastructure to sabotage the distribution of essential goods.
By Robert Stevens, 20 April 2020
The five major states in Europe—Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the UK—account for around 85,000 of the 100,000 plus deaths.
By Will Morrow, 20 April 2020
Neither Philippe nor Health Minister Véran provided any rational scientific or medical basis, during this health crisis, for the reopening of the economy planned on May 11.
By Anthony Torres, 20 April 2020
The French Navy refused to allow the ship’s commanding officer to stop its mission while the coronavirus spread like wildfire among the crew.
By Alex Lantier, 16 April 2020
Paris called in Chinese Ambassador to France Lu Shaye on Monday to criticize his embassy’s statements that European countries abandoned “their citizens to face the viral onslaught.”
French President Macron announces a premature end to quarantine in the interests of the financial elite
By Alex Lantier, 16 April 2020
Emmanuel Macron delivered a televised address to the French public on Monday night to defend his government’s disastrous response to the coronavirus pandemic.
By Paul Bond, 15 April 2020
The rapacious quest for pandemic hideouts by the super-rich starkly demonstrates the waste of societal resources under capitalism.
By Robert Stevens, 13 April 2020
More than 30 National Health Service workers are reported to have died as the UK’s death toll rises above 10,000.
By Thomas Scripps, 11 April 2020
As plans were being hatched over how to impose a return to work, over 4,000 new pandemic deaths were reported in Europe on Friday, bringing the total for the continent to over 70,000.
By Robert Stevens, 6 April 2020
There is mounting evidence that fatalities are much higher when deaths outside hospitals are factored in.
By Jacques Valentin, 6 April 2020
Over the weekend, the reported daily COVID-19 toll in France nearly tripled from earlier levels as deaths of the elderly were finally reported.
By Alex Lantier, 4 April 2020
The catastrophe now unfolding in Europe is rooted not in the biological properties of the coronavirus, but in the political bankruptcy of European capitalism.
By Thomas Scripps and Alice Summers, 28 March 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is preying on Europe’s 500 million-plus population whose health care services have been decimated by years of government austerity and private sector looting.
By Gregor Link, 28 March 2020
The criminal inactivity of European governments has led to a murderous and vicious circle of overwork, infection and work absences in hospitals throughout the continent.
By Anthony Torres and Jacques Valentin, 27 March 2020
Lawyers representing hundreds of health-care professionals are filing a suit charging Prime Minister Édouard Philippe and other top officials with criminal negligence.
By Thomas Scripps, 25 March 2020
WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom insisted it was still possible to “change the trajectory,” but warned that governments were failing to devote the necessary resources to the crisis.
By Robert Stevens, 21 March 2020
Italy, Spain, Belgium and the UK all recorded their largest single-day death tolls in the global coronavirus pandemic on Friday.
By Alex Lantier, 18 March 2020
Europe is set to soon have more coronavirus cases than China and already has seen more deaths: 3,401 people have died in Europe, and 3,226 have died in China.
By Alex Lantier and Jacques Valentin, 17 March 2020
The total number of SARS-Covid-2 cases in France grew by 1,210 yesterday to 6,663, with 148 deaths.
By Alejandro López, 17 March 2020
Spain has registered more than 9,191 infections, becoming the second country after Italy with most new infections.
By Alex Lantier and Andre Damon, 14 March 2020
Governments around the world are making a deliberate decision to minimize their response to the pandemic, threatening the lives of millions of people.
By Alex Lantier, 13 March 2020
French health authorities have already announced that they will try to deny testing and care to many of those they suspect to be infected with the coronavirus.
French female lawyers publish open letter defending filmmaker Roman Polanski and the presumption of innocence
By Will Morrow, 13 March 2020
In its defense of democratic rights, the letter is an indictment not only of the anti-Polanski witch-hunt, but the entire #MeToo campaign that began in the US two years ago.
By Anthony Torres, 7 March 2020
What dominates is the trend towards the disintegration of the former electoral bases of mayors, as well as neo-fascist Marine Le Pen’s attempt to benefit from the anger against Macron.
By Alex Lantier, 6 March 2020
At a time when the coronavirus pandemic is ravaging Europe, Macron wants to impose, without parliamentary debate or vote, a reform that will impoverish the population.
By Alex Lantier, 29 February 2020
The French Film Academy openly defied demands from the #MeToo movement and President Emmanuel Macron’s government not to give Polanski an award.
By Alex Lantier, 22 February 2020
Members of imprisoned WikiLeaks journalist Julian Assange’s legal team, together with Assange’s father John Shipton, held a press conference on Thursday in Paris.
By Peter Schwarz, 21 February 2020
The foreign ministers of all 27 EU countries agreed on a new military mission in Libya on Monday.
By Tom Hall, 17 February 2020
The phrasing of Renault CEO Clotilde Delbos’ statement recalls the incendiary speech last month by Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess, who pledged to slaughter “sacred cows” as the company pursued tens of thousands of layoffs.
By Alex Lantier, 15 February 2020
Allied with the reactionary Macron government, #MeToo demands the censorship of Polanski’s brilliant account of the anti-Semitic frame-up of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, which was a seminal event in modern French history.
By Alex Lantier, 31 January 2020
The Berlin conference has set the stage not for peace, but only for stepped-up imperialist interventions to divide up the profits to be extracted from Libya and the entire region.
By Alex Lantier, 29 January 2020
Opposing union sabotage of strikes against Macron requires building committees of action, independent of the unions, and a revolutionary leadership in the working class.
“We hope this protest will inspire others”
By Alex Lantier, 25 January 2020
The protests point to the deeply-rooted opposition among workers internationally to US and European governments’ relentless campaign to destroy Assange.
By Alex Lantier, 25 January 2020
A poll this week found 61 percent opposition to the cuts, and that 82 percent of Frenchmen believe they are worse off since Macron took office in 2017.
By Anthony Torres, 22 January 2020
A French aircraft carrier and European naval flotillas will patrol strategic Middle East waters that are critical to the global oil trade.
By Alex Lantier, 20 January 2020
President Emmanuel Macron has been able to rely on his close collaboration with the trade unions, which helped him formulate and negotiate his pension cuts.
By Alex Lantier, 20 January 2020
Macron’s ignominious flight from the Bouffes du nord theater underscores that he cannot show his face in public anywhere without provoking serious protests.
By Alex Lantier, 17 January 2020
Support for the strike and opposition to Macron continue to grow even after the government made a few minor, insincere changes to its proposed cuts.
Assange’s French legal advisor Juan Branco: “We’ve experienced a strong shift that we now need to nurture”
By Oscar Grenfell, 16 January 2020
In comments to the WSWS this week, Branco stated: “Citizens have their mass and geniuses like Julian Assange on their side—private interests have their economical power, cynicism and capacity to corrupt on theirs.”
By Alex Lantier, 16 January 2020
Anger is exploding against the carnage produced by the French war in Mali and against official lies that France is waging a global war on terror.
By Keith Jones, 16 January 2020
The killing of the military leader, widely viewed as second only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei in Iran’s power structure, constitutes a dramatic escalation of the Trump administration’s campaign of “maximum pressure” on Iran.
By Alex Lantier, 15 January 2020
Berlin, London and Paris, emboldened by Tehran’s weak response to the US murder of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani, are escalating attacks against Iran.
By Alex Lantier and Anthony Torres, 13 January 2020
Hundreds of thousands of strikers and “yellow vests” marched against French President Emmanuel Macron’s pension cuts Saturday.
By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 10 January 2020
Refinery, port and airline workers joined the strike as hundreds of thousands of workers and youth marched against austerity, militarism and police repression.
By Alex Lantier, 9 January 2020
The NPA advances the lie that Iran, a former colonial country, is in fact an imperialist power attacking Washington and slanders Suleimani personally as a mass murderer.
By Alex Lantier, 4 January 2020
In his perfunctory eighteen-minute speech Tuesday night, Macron made clear he intends to impose his pension cuts in the face of mass protests and strikes by the working class.
By Alex Lantier, 3 January 2020
Less than a decade after the 2011 NATO intervention in Libya, the resulting civil war in that country threatens to escalate into an all-out regional conflict involving the major powers.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 28 December 2019
Workers, students, teachers and “yellow vest” protesters came to support the strike, which has lasted since December 5 and shut down rail transport across France.
“We’re sending a message: there will be no holiday truce”
By Alex Lantier, 27 December 2019
The ongoing mass transit and public sector strike which is paralyzing much of transport in France to protest Macron’s pension cuts entered its fourth week today.
By K. Nesan, 27 December 2019
Discussions with German workers give a sense of the growing opposition to the hackneyed and hollow promises of the company union.
By V. Gnana and Alex Lantier, 24 December 2019
The rail and energy strike is not weakening, and strikers are increasingly demanding to organize their own strike independently of union bosses who negotiate with the state.
By Anthony Torres, 21 December 2019
The unions are now calling for an end to strike action or using negotiations scheduled for January as a pretext to weaken workers’ resolve and betray the strike.
By Alex Lantier, 20 December 2019
This week General Pierre de Villiers called for more “firmness” in repressing the weeks-long mass strike against President Emmanuel Macron’s austerity agenda.
By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 19 December 2019
While strikers are calling for an end to talks with the government, the unions are seeking a rotten compromise they can use to justify selling out the strike.
By our reporters, 18 December 2019
Some 1.8 million strikers, youth and retirees marched in opposition to President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to impose steep pension cuts.
By Alex Lantier, 17 December 2019
The strike movement in France is part of a global upsurge of the class struggle that has led to mass strikes and protests on every continent.
By Anthony Torres, 14 December 2019
Anger is mounting among workers after Edouard Philippe stressed he would push through his regressive program despite widespread strike action and popular opposition.
By Francis Dubois, 14 December 2019
The manoeuvres of LFI deputy François Ruffin with the former banker and future president have recently been exposed.
By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 12 December 2019
In his speech, Edouard Philippe vowed to impose a pension cut opposed by two thirds of the population.
By Alex Lantier, 11 December 2019
Rail, mass transit and broader sections of the French public sector continued strikes begun on December 5 in an emerging trial of strength between the workers and Macron.
By Alex Lantier, 9 December 2019
Strikes are set to continue today, as hundreds of thousands of French public sector workers protest President Emmanuel Macron’s pension cuts and austerity policies.
By Alex Lantier, 7 December 2019
The working class faces a fight to bring down the Macron government, drawing into struggle ever broader layers of workers and youth in France and internationally.
By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 6 December 2019
Tens of thousands of rail, government, and education workers went on strike against plans by French President Emanuel Macron to slash pensions.
By Alex Lantier and V. Gnana, 6 December 2019
Strikers denounced the imprisonment of the Australian journalist under appalling conditions in Britain, for having revealed imperialist war crimes in Iraq.
By Alex Lantier, 5 December 2019
Explosive conflicts over trade and military policy between Washington and its main European allies erupted this week at the NATO summit in London.
French public sector strike: Build independent committees of action for political struggle against Macron
By Anthony Torres, 5 December 2019
The December 5 strike is part of a vast international resurgence of class struggle in opposition to social inequality and military-police repression.
By Alex Lantier, 4 December 2019
Bitter conflicts between the United States and the major European powers erupted into the open yesterday, at the start of the two-day NATO summit in London.
By Nick Beams, 4 December 2019
Responding to a question in London on whether there was a deadline for a trade deal with China, Trump said: “I like the idea of waiting until after the election for the China deal.”
By David Walsh, 4 December 2019
Ly’s work, with its strengths and weaknesses, is an honest effort to confront the wretched reality prevailing in the working-class suburbs (banlieues) surrounding Paris.