The 2012 French Presidential Elections
By Antoine Lerougetel, 7 November 2012
The Socialist Party (PS) government of President François Hollande announced tens of billions of new budget cuts yesterday.
By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 31 October 2012
The NPA attempts to hide its political culpability in the persecution of the Roma by maintaining a virtual silence on the subject.
By Pierre Mabut, 20 July 2012
A prominent pollster recently found that 50 percent of the French population do not believe that new Socialist Party president François Hollande will keep to his election promises.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 20 June 2012
Statements by top Socialist Party leaders reveal the right-wing course the new government in France will pursue.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 12 June 2012
The NPA is applauding projections that the Socialist Party of President François Hollande could win a parliamentary majority in the June 17 second round legislative election.
By Alex Lantier, 11 June 2012
Bourgeois “left” parties led by the Socialist Party (PS) of newly elected President François Hollande won a 47 percent plurality in legislative elections yesterday.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 8 June 2012
The French legislative elections will take place on June 10 and 17.
By Francis Dubois, 25 May 2012
The Left Front announced on May 15 that Jean-Luc Mélenchon would stand against the neo-fascist Marine Le Pen in Hénin-Beaumont in the legislative elections.
By Kumaran Ira, 22 May 2012
The petty-bourgeois “left” New Anti-capitalist Party has applauded the election of President of François Hollande, the big-business Socialist Party’s candidate.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 18 May 2012
Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault unveiled France’s new interim government yesterday.
By Alex Lantier, 16 May 2012
French President François Hollande flew directly from his inauguration in Paris yesterday to Berlin, to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
By Francis Dubois, 14 May 2012
The petty-bourgeois group Workers Struggle (LO) said it has no objection to a vote for François Hollande of the Socialist Party.
By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 9 May 2012
After winning the French presidential election on Sunday, François Hollande is already positioning himself to attack the working class with deep budget cuts.
By Peter Schwarz, 8 May 2012
The voting out of office of Nicolas Sarkozy in France and the devastating defeat of the ruling parties in Greece are an expression of broad opposition to the austerity policies laid down by the European Union.
By Alex Lantier, 8 May 2012
The outcome of elections throughout Europe has demonstrated the deep popular opposition to austerity measures imposed by European and US finance capital.
By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira in Paris, 7 May 2012
François Hollande won the second round of the French presidential election yesterday with 51 percent of the vote.
By Johannes Stern, 5 May 2012
On Thursday, defeated bourgeois “center” candidate François Bayrou called for a vote for Socialist Party candidate Francois Hollande in the French presidential elections.
By Alex Lantier, 5 May 2012
Tomorrow’s second round of the French presidential election sets the stage for escalating attacks on the working class in France.
By Kumaran Ira in Paris, 4 May 2012
On Wednesday WSWS reporters visited Argenteuil, in the northwest Paris suburbs, to interview residents on the presidential elections and social conditions in France.
By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern in Paris, 3 May 2012
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Party challenger François Hollande spoke last night in the only TV debate before the May 6 run-off election.
By Kumaran Ira, 2 May 2012
Trade unions and petty bourgeois “left” parties organised May Day marches throughout France yesterday.
By our reporters, 2 May 2012
Supporters of the International Committee of the Fourth International and the World Socialist Web Site intervened in the Paris May Day march yesterday.
By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 1 May 2012
The POI is backing pro-austerity Socialist Party candidate François Hollande in the 2012 French presidential elections.
By Johannes Stern in Paris, 30 April 2012
Last week leading European officials called for a shift in European economic policies towards more “growth-oriented” measures.
By Johannes Stern, 30 April 2012
Politicians and trade union officials in France are discussing plans for a wave of mass layoffs after the May 6 second round of the presidential elections.
By Kumaran Ira, 28 April 2012
The NPA is backing pro-austerity PS candidate François Hollande against incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy in the second round of the French presidential elections.
By Athiyan Silva in Paris, 28 April 2012
Before the second round of the French presidential elections, anti-immigrant and anti-Islam rhetoric is coming increasingly to the fore.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 27 April 2012
President Nicolas Sarkozy is desperate to win the votes of the 6.5 million people who voted for the third placed candidate, the neo-fascist Marine Le Pen.
By Alex Lantier in Paris, 27 April 2012
WSWS reporters visited Clichy-sous-Bois, the scene of mass riots against police in October-November 2005.
By Alex Lantier in Paris, 26 April 2012
Left Front presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon received 11 percent of the vote in Sunday’s first round of the French presidential elections.
By Alex Lantier in Paris, 26 April 2012
Auto workers at the PSA plant in Aulnay-sous-Bois, north of Paris, spoke to WSWS reporters about the French presidential elections.
By Alex Lantier, 25 April 2012
The first round of the French presidential election starkly exposed the political crisis in France and throughout Europe and the immense dangers facing the working class.
By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern in Paris, 24 April 2012
The large first-round vote for neo-fascist candidate Marine Le Pen has shaken the French presidential election, which continues towards the May 6 run-off between Socialist Party candidate François Hollande and incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy.
By Alex Lantier in Paris, 21 April 2012
Polls indicate Socialist Party (PS) candidate François Hollande and incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy will advance after the April 22 first round of the French presidential elections.
By Antoine Lerougetel and Johannes Stern, 18 April 2012
At dueling open-air rallies in Paris on Sunday, incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Party (PS) candidate François Hollande tried to boost their campaigns before the April 22 elections.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 18 April 2012
A WSWS reporting team covered the rally of Socialist Party (PS) presidential candidate François Hollande’s rally at the Château de Vincennes esplanade.
By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern in Marseille, 17 April 2012
WSWS reporters interviewed students yesterday outside the Literature School at the University of Aix-en-Provence, north of Marseille.
By Alex Lantier in Marseille, 16 April 2012
Tens of thousands of people marched down Marseille’s Prado Avenue on Saturday to attend the election rally of Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
By Johannes Stern, 16 April 2012
In the run-up to the French presidential election, the international financial markets are stepping up pressure for social cuts as soon as a new government is sworn in.
By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern in Paris, 14 April 2012
On Thursday, WSWS reporters attended the New Anti-capitalist Party’s regional election meeting in Paris, featuring NPA presidential candidate Philippe Poutou.
By Kumaran Ira, 14 April 2012
French Socialist Party presidential candidate François Hollande gave extensive interviews to major newspapers on Friday in which he praised Left Front candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 13 April 2012
Yesterday French President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed new anti-democratic measures punishing people who visit “terrorist” web sites or travel abroad for terrorist training.
By Alex Lantier in Paris, 12 April 2012
In a coordinated media blitz, NPA leaders called yesterday for an alliance with Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s Left Front and signaled they will support social cuts after the presidential elections.
By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern in Paris, 11 April 2012
Though the French presidency’s most noted power is its control of foreign policy, international politics has been noticeably absent from the presidential campaign.
By Alex Lantier in Paris, 10 April 2012
Jean-Luc Mélenchon of the Left Front has emerged as the leading presidential candidate on the left of the French political establishment.
By Alex Lantier in Paris, 9 April 2012
The World Socialist Web Site will be reporting from France in the run-up to the first round of the French presidential election, which will be held in two weeks.