By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 2 September 2016
Well before investigations of the election returns have begun, Paris is demanding that incumbent President Ali Bongo immediately hand over power.
By V. Gnana and Alex Lantier, 31 August 2016
As France demanded an end to talks on the TTIP trade deal, the EU said it would levy a €13 billion fine on Apple, a move the US Treasury said could damage US-EU ties.
By Kumaran Ira, 29 August 2016
The former French president called for returning to universal military service and imposing measures that would turn France’s Muslim population into second-class citizens.
By Anthony Torres, 29 August 2016
In an unprecedented attack on freedom of religion and on France’s Muslim community, local police are moving to effectively criminalize the wearing of Muslim headscarves.
By Alex Lantier, 23 August 2016
Amid the escalating crisis unleashed by the Brexit vote, the remaining major EU powers barely succeeded in papering over the divisions between them.
By Kumaran Ira, 18 August 2016
Seizing on an ethnic brawl, the French political establishment is hysterically accusing Muslim women wearing burkinis of promoting terrorism.
By Kumaran Ira, 2 August 2016
Police banned a peaceful rally protesting the death in police custoday of 24-year-old Adama Traoré after a new autopsy contradicted initial police accounts.
By Kumaran Ira, 27 July 2016
The two attackers were summarily executed by elite police units as they left a church, where they had slit the throat of an 86-year-old priest.
By Anthony Torres, 27 July 2016
The incident underscores the illegal character of the ongoing military operations in Libya, which are being carried out behind the backs of the French people.
By Alex Lantier, 23 July 2016
Hollande shifted towards a more accommodating position, giving Britain more time to negotiate the exit and reaffirming Britain’s role as a key military ally of France.
By our reporter, 22 July 2016
Traoré’s family and friends are disputing police claims that he died of a heart attack while in police custody, alleging that he was beaten to death by police.
By Alex Lantier, 21 July 2016
Amid a deep crisis of bourgeois democracy and seething social tensions across Europe, the ruling elite aims to transition from democratic to dictatorial forms of rule.
By Alex Lantier, 18 July 2016
Well before the political character of the mass killing in Nice has been clearly established, the French government is pushing for military escalation inside and outside France.
By Johannes Stern, 18 July 2016
Seizing on the murderous attack in southern France, two leading members of the German Left and Green parties demanded an intensified military intervention in Syria and Iraq.
By Oscar Grenfell, 15 July 2016
French President Francois Hollande invoked the horrific attack to justify expansion of the “state of emergency” for another three months.
By Johannes Stern, 8 July 2016
The measures to be decided on by the western military alliance in the Polish capital will further escalate the threat of war in Europe.
By Alex Lantier, 8 July 2016
The report, which evades the role of the imperialist war in Syria in creating the Islamist networks that carried out the attacks, is awash with contradictions and evasions.
By Alex Lantier, 6 July 2016
The use of the constitution’s Article 49-3 to impose a redraft of the law without a vote in the National Assembly testifies to the Socialist Party’s contempt for democracy.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 2 July 2016
Two anti-El Khomri law protesters, Manon Chelmy and high school student Jules, 18, were sentenced to 90 hours of community service.
By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 1 July 2016
Having already threatened to ban protests against the law under the state of emergency, the PS government is working with the union bureaucracies to wind down opposition.
By Alex Lantier, 24 June 2016
Having pulled back from its attempt to ban demonstrations, the Socialist Party is proposing to outlaw left-wing parties that it considers opposed to the French state.
By Alex Lantier, 23 June 2016
Trade union officials told the Socialist Party government they feared large numbers of people would defy any ban on today's protest in Paris.
By Alex Lantier, 20 June 2016
The Stalinist General Confederation of Labor has indicated that it may be open to negotiating firm-level contracts under the new law that violate the national Labor Code.
By V. Gnana and Alex Lantier, 16 June 2016
Shaken by rising working class opposition, the Socialist Party is signaling that it is prepared to shred basic democratic rights and institute a police state regime to impose austerity.
By Anthony Torres, 15 June 2016
Despite the government’s efforts to smash strikes and demoralize workers, marches in several cities were noticeably larger than in previous mobilizations.
By Alex Lantier, 15 June 2016
As in the Charlie Hebdo and November 13 shootings in Paris last year, and the March 22 Brussels attack, the alleged murderer was well-known to the intelligence services.
By Anthony Torres, 13 June 2016
The union bureaucracy is isolating workers, industry by industry, while preparing new talks with the Socialist Party government.
By Alex Lantier, 11 June 2016
Workers also faced criticism from union officials, who pushed for an end to the strike with claims that striking during the Euro cup would reflect badly on their image.
By Alex Lantier, 9 June 2016
Garbage workers took strike action in several cities across France, joining rail, port and oil workers in France and rail workers in Belgium.
By Kumaran Ira, 9 June 2016
The NPA's position on the Verizon strike is a warning that it will also support a sellout of the strike movement against the French government's austerity policies.
By Alex Lantier and V. Gnana, 6 June 2016
WSWS reporters spoke to striking rail workers and students mobilized in solidarity with their strike at railway stations across Paris.
By our reporter, 4 June 2016
Floods claimed between 12 and 18 lives, according to initial reports, and it is feared that the death toll could climb higher.
By Verena Nees, 3 June 2016
Sympathy from workers and young people, anger and resentment in the media—this is how Germany is reacting to the strikes in France.
By Kumaran Ira, 2 June 2016
As the trade union bureaucracy prepares to sell out an escalating strike wave, opposition to the Socialist Party’s “El Khomri” labor reform is mounting in the working class.
By Alex Lantier, 2 June 2016
The emergence of the working class as the central force in struggle against France's Socialist Party government refutes the anti-working class perspective of the NPA.
By Andre Damon, 1 June 2016
The resurgence of the class struggle is undermining the intellectual charlatanry that underpinned the ideological dominance of various forms of anti-Marxism over the past half-century.
By Ross Mitchell and Alex Lantier, 1 June 2016
Workers are mobilising across national borders in Europe against the reactionary austerity policies that the entire European Union has imposed since the 2008 crash.
By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 30 May 2016
Over the weekend, WSWS reporters visited the Total refinery in Grandpuits, which is on strike to protest the Socialist Party government’s anti-worker labor law.
By Alex Lantier, 30 May 2016
On the BFM-Politique show, CGT General Secretary Philippe Martinez said he was in back-channel talks with the government over its unpopular labor law.
By Alex Lantier, 28 May 2016
Hollande is manoeuvring to use the trade union bureaucracy to contain social anger among workers against his reactionary labor law reform.
By Peter Schwarz, 28 May 2016
Over the past decade and a half, the social democratic parties, working with the trade unions, have led the drive to impose austerity on the working class.
By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 27 May 2016
Hundreds of thousands of people marched throughout France Thursday in the eighth nationwide protest against the anti-worker law implemented earlier this month.
By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 27 May 2016
WSWS reporters spoke to workers during Thursday’s demonstrations in Paris against the “El Khomri” labor reforms.
By Kumaran Ira, 26 May 2016
Police repression of anti-austerity protests in France and Belgium is enraging workers and driving broader layers of the working class into struggle.
By Francis Dubois, 26 May 2016
The far-right party can only profit from the Socialist Party’s ruthless austerity policy due to the reactionary role of the pseudo-left organisations.
By Alex Lantier, 26 May 2016
The most powerful ally of workers struggling against pro-austerity governments in France, Belgium and Greece is the European and international working class.
By Nick Beams, 25 May 2016
The aim of the “structural reforms” demanded by the IMF and the financial elites is the destruction of all the social gains of the European working class won in the past seven decades.
By Alex Lantier, 25 May 2016
A number of strikers were wounded when security forces assaulted workers blockading oil installations at the Fos-sur-Mer port near Marseille.
By Anthony Torres, 25 May 2016
Dockworkers and students described a "war scene" as hundreds of riot police attacked demonstrators in Marseillaise with tear gas and batons.
By Kumaran Ira, 23 May 2016
The Socialist Party is sending riot police to break up refinery strikes as they cause fuel shortages across France.
By Thomas Gaist, 21 May 2016
The US and Europe are seizing on the incident to justify an escalation of their military operations.
By Barry Grey, 21 May 2016
The revival of the class struggle is finding political expression in the turn by workers against all of the parties of the official “left” that are backed by the trade unions.
By Alex Lantier, 20 May 2016
Contrary to official claims, the state of emergency is not aimed at Islamist terrorism, but at growing opposition in the working class to social austerity and military and police violence.
By Alex Lantier, 19 May 2016
Wednesday’s protest, organised by a police union close to the neo-fascist National Front, was aimed at intimidating broad popular opposition to the Socialist Party's labor reform.
By Stéphane Hugues, 18 May 2016
In the run-up to a rail strike planned for Wednesday, sections of truck drivers joined youth protesting the reactionary French labour law imposed by the Socialist Party government.
By Stéphane Hugues, 17 May 2016
Even though this illegitimate and regressive law has technically been passed, a majority of the French people want protests against it to continue.
By Kumaran Ira, 16 May 2016
Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) assistant secretary Deepal Jayasekera explained the necessity for an internationally-unified socialist movement to stop war.
By Anthony Torres, 14 May 2016
The cuts at the airline are the product of the betrayal of the 2014 pilots strike by the National Union of Airline Pilots.
By Alex Lantier, 13 May 2016
Tens of thousands of people demonstrated across France yesterday against the Socialist Party’s efforts to impose far reaching reforms without a vote in the National Assembly.
By Alex Lantier, 13 May 2016
The most politically conscious and advanced layers of workers and youth must prepare themselves not only for the mass struggles that will erupt, but for socialist revolution.
By Alex Lantier, 12 May 2016
Protesters clashed violently with police and sacked the headquarters of the ruling Socialist Party in several cities across France.
By Francis Dubois, 12 May 2016
Occupations of public squares led by activists closely tied to the trade unions and the petty-bourgeois left are a dead end for working class opposition to austerity.
By Alex Lantier, 11 May 2016
For two months, millions of workers and youth have been protesting the El Khomri Law, to which three-quarters of the French population are opposed.
By Alex Lantier, 5 May 2016
The law has provoked nearly two months of protests against the austerity policies of France’s Socialist Party government.
Meeting in Paris May 15
3 May 2016
SEP (Sri Lanka) Assistant Secretary Deepal Jayasekera will speak at a May 15 meeting in Paris on the struggle against imperialist war.
French youth speak to the WSWS in Amiens: “I’m looking for a movement that wants neither Le Pen nor Macron”
By Antoine Lerougetel, 29 April 2016
Young people are opposed to the choice between financial speculator Emanuel Macron and neo-fascist Marine Le Pen in the second round of France’s presidential election on May 7.
By Alex Lantier, 29 April 2016
The protesters are coming up against the absence of a viable strategy for mounting a political struggle to defend basic social rights against a reactionary Socialist Party government.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 29 April 2016
A WSWS team spoke to protesting youth who unanimously criticised the strategy of the trade and student unions as insufficient to struggle against the labour reform.
By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 28 April 2016
The trade unions, seeking to block the entry of workers into struggle against the labour law reform, organised no meetings or protests on the strike day.
By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 20 April 2016
Hollande discussed with the Egyptian dictator his response to the November 13 attacks in Paris before deciding to impose a state of emergency across France.
By Kumaran Ira, 19 April 2016
French President François Hollande began his four-day trip to the Middle East, visiting Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan, to boost economic and military ties amidst escalating war.
By Francis Dubois, 14 April 2016
Macron set up his “Forward March” movement amid rising concerns in ruling circles that the PS could disintegrate after the 2017 presidential elections.
By Kumaran Ira, 13 April 2016
Student unions are hailing the measure and moving to organise a sell-out of struggles against the reactionary law of Labour Minister Myriam El Khomri.
By Alex Lantier and Stéphane Hugues, 11 April 2016
The decision of the trade unions and their political allies not to call workers on strike alongside protesting students left the PS government free to assault the demonstrators.
By Francis Dubois and Alex Lantier, 9 April 2016
Lutte Ouvrière (Workers Struggle) in France is an organization of the status quo that is trying to block a political movement against the Socialist Party government and trade union bureaucracies.
By Francis Dubois, 8 April 2016
The latest revelations of sexual violence against the Central African population unmask the “humanitarian” pretensions of the French intervention.
By Alex Lantier, 8 April 2016
The occupation of Republic Square in Paris by parties closely allied to the ruling PS is a trap designed to prevent radicalized youth from turning to the working class.
By Alex Lantier and Senthooran Ravee, 6 April 2016
Police are trying to intimidate youth in the run-up to the next major protest by workers and students, on April 9, amid rising anger with austerity and the state of emergency.
By Anthony Torres, 6 April 2016
WSWS reporters in Marseille discussed with youth and workers who mobilised yesterday against the El Khomri law.
By Kumaran Ira, 6 April 2016
Doubts persist over how long the ceasefire will last, as the Caucasus and the Middle East have been put on edge by escalating imperialist wars and economic crisis.
By Alex Lantier, 4 April 2016
The attempt to promote hysteria over terrorism to suppress popular opposition is failing in the face of a growing radicalization of workers and youth.
By Anthony Torres, 1 April 2016
As many as 1.2 million people participated in demonstrations Thursday across France against the draconian anti-working class policies of the Socialist Party government.
By our reporters, 1 April 2016
The WSWS spoke to students and workers participating in demonstrations throughout France against proposed changes to the country’s labour law Thursday.
By Kumaran Ira and Anthony Torres, 25 March 2016
Students protesting the French labour reform expressed their opposition to the Socialist Party’s austerity measures, state of emergency and imperialist wars.
By Alex Lantier, 21 March 2016
Astonishingly, Europe’s most wanted man, on the run from police for four months, was hiding near his parents’ apartment in the heavily-watched Molenbeek district.
By Kumaran Ira, 21 March 2016
As it cultivates Islamist forces in a war for regime change in Syria, France is citing the danger of terror attacks as a pretext to escalate attacks on democratic rights.
By Anthony Torres, 17 March 2016
The unions and the Socialist Party want to channel workers’ opposition to the most unpopular government since World War II behind minor changes to its hated reform.
By Alex Lantier, 14 March 2016
The brutal police crackdown in Lyon underscores that, under cover of the state of emergency, the Socialist Party aims to illegalize constitutionally protected protests.
By Jill Lux and Toby Reese, 10 March 2016
The camp at Grand-Synthe epitomizes the squalid conditions facing people who have fled their homes amid the greatest refugee crisis since World War II.
By Anthony Torres, 10 March 2016
The unprecedented attack on the right to strike is yet another warning of the anti-working class character of the state of emergency imposed by the Socialist Party.
By Francis Dubois, 7 March 2016
The Amiens and Paris summits lay bare rising tensions inside Europe in the run-up to today's EU-Turkey summit on the escalating refugee and war crisis in Syria.
By Robert Stevens, 5 March 2016
French officials threatened that a British exit from the European Union could lead France to stop blocking refugees from traveling via Calais to Britain.
By Francis Dubois and Stéphane Hugues, 2 March 2016
The expulsion in the middle of winter of thousands of refugees fleeing war, including women and children, is part of the escalating persecution of refugees throughout Europe.
By Alex Lantier, 29 February 2016
Critics inside the PS are concerned that its policies of deep austerity and appeals to neo-fascist sentiment leave it dangerously exposed to attack from the left.
By Stéphane Hugues, 25 February 2016
Opposition is growing among workers and students to the state of emergency and the Socialist Party’s historic attacks on the working class.
By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 23 February 2016
The Socialist Party’s shift to the right and the rise of the National Front since last year’s terror attacks in Paris are for now undermining Sarkozy’s support in ruling circles.
By Francis Dubois, 22 February 2016
The impact of this reform is being compared to that of epoch-making attacks like the Hartz IV reforms in Germany or the breaking of the PATCO union in the US.
By Alex Lantier, 19 February 2016
The assembled heads of state failed to agree on refugee policy or on reactionary concessions aiming to ensure that Britain does not leave the European Union.
By Kumaran Ira, 17 February 2016
French police have conducted more than 3,200 warrantless house searches, imposed 400 house arrest orders, and closed numerous mosques and businesses.
By Alex Lantier, 17 February 2016
France's denunciations of Germany's policy of accepting Middle Eastern refugees fleeing to Europe have exposed deep divisions within the EU.