French Workers In Revolt
By Anthony Torres, 19 May 2018
France’s major trade unions are moving toward a capitulation to President Emmanuel Macron’s government in the face of this politically explosive and deeply unpopular attack.
By Guillaume Garnier, 15 May 2018
After the March 22 protest of rail and public workers against the privatisation of railways, students launched a movement to blockade universities across France.
By Alex Lantier, 12 May 2018
The referendum on Macron’s reforms being prepared by the unions for May 14-21 represents a dead-end for railway workers.
By Alex Lantier, 8 May 2018
Workers defied not only threats from Air France and the government, but also from the union bureaucrats, who demanded that they approve the contract.
By Anthony Torres, 1 May 2018
The unions are openly preparing to betray the strike, as the prime minister has said he will negotiate only if the unions accept virtually all of the government’s demands.
By Anthony Torres, 21 April 2018
The first protest of strikers from multiple professions since November 2017 took place amid spreading blockades of universities by students opposed to Macron.
By Alex Lantier, 7 April 2018
With growing opposition to French President Emmanuel Macron’s labour decrees, the class struggle in Europe is entering a new and explosive stage.
By our correspondents, 4 April 2018
The striking transit workers were joined by students walking out in opposition to the Macron government’s assault on public education.
By Peter Schwarz and Eric London, 3 April 2018
The railway workers’ strike, which began Monday evening, is the biggest test of strength to date between President Emmanuel Macron and the French working class.
By Anthony Torres, 23 February 2018
Rejecting a miserable sweetheart contract negotiated by a group of trade unions closely allied to management, Air France workers took strike action yesterday.
By Anthony Torres, 13 February 2018
After announcing the end of lifetime employment guarantees for public sector employees, French President Emmanuel Macron is preparing to do the same with rail workers.
By Francis Dubois, 5 February 2018
The Macron government is seeking to scrap the rights of public sector workers amid rising strikes and social protests across Europe.
By Alex Lantier, 10 January 2018
PSA Peugeot-Citroën is slashing jobs across Europe and in France, where it is using provisions of President Emmanuel Macron’s antidemocratic labor decrees.
By Anthony Torres, 27 September 2017
The trade union bureaucracy is isolating the truckers’ strike in order to block the growth of a broad movement in the working class against President Macron and the EU.
By Anthony Torres and Kumaran Ira, 25 September 2017
On Saturday, Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s Unsubmissive France movement held its national rally in the Place de la République in Paris.
By Anthony Torres, 22 September 2017
Protesters who spoke to the WSWS opposed the destruction of the Labor Code and the growing drive to war and dictatorship in France and internationally.
By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 19 September 2017
The unions, whose strike calls are carefully prepared beforehand with the government, are terrified of being outflanked on their left by an eruption of workers’ struggles.
By Kumaran Ira, 16 September 2017
The French government has already stressed that it has no intention of modifying its position, despite growing opposition in the working class.
By Alex Lantier and Anthony Torres, 13 September 2017
The demonstrations point to the mounting opposition among French workers and youth to the government’s plans to carry out a social counterrevolution by executive fiat.
By Francis Dubois, 7 September 2017
In the wake of the decrees against the labor code, the government is launching attacks on unemployment insurance, housing and vocational training.
By Anthony Torres, 7 September 2017
Mélenchon is proposing a populist and nationalist movement, compatible with a strategy of entry into the Macron government that he claims to oppose.
By Francis Dubois, 30 May 2017
The unions are insisting that this strike should be limited to action in one industry and are seeking to avoid any serious interruption of industry and transport.
By Anthony Torres, 16 May 2017
The only way forward is a broad mobilization of workers to defend jobs at GM&S in a break with the union bureaucracies and in opposition to newly elected President Emmanuel Macron.
By Anthony Torres, 10 March 2017
Amidst growing opposition among workers, the trade unions are calling strikes against contracts that the unions themselves have already signed.
15 November 2016
This statement was adopted as the historical and political basis for the founding of the Parti de l’égalité socialiste, the French section of the ICFI.
By Anthony Torres, 12 September 2016
The CGT is inciting nationalist hatred to divide the workers and disorient their opposition to the wars and social cuts of the French government, which it helped elect.
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 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 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 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, 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 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 Ross Mitchell, 27 May 2016
Rail workers began an indefinite strike Wednesday evening in Belgium, paralysing mass transit and creating traffic jams in Brussels.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Kumaran Ira, 14 October 2015
The arrest of the strikers is a deliberate act of political intimidation aimed at the working class as a whole, which is broadly sympathetic to the strikers.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 23 September 2015
The workers’ decision to accept unpaid working hours in exchange for supposed job security was a vote of no confidence in the unions.
By Kumaran Ira, 7 April 2015
The French business group Medef is calling for the creation of a new type of job contract in order to facilitate individual and mass sackings of workers.
By Joseph Kishore and Alex Lantier, 20 January 2015
By opening its pages to Le Pen, the New York Times has signaled that powerful sections of the ruling class view anti-Muslim racism as a legitimate part of the public debate.
By Anthony Torres, 24 December 2014
The move is the inevitable consequence of the union's betrayal of the September strike against plans to create a low-cost Transavia-Europe airline.
By Alex Lantier, 30 September 2014
Pilots must reject the abject surrender demanded by the pilots union, which would only lead to deep cuts to wages and conditions.
By our reporters, 24 September 2014
Faced with growing opposition from different sections of Air France workers, the airline may postpone the full implementation of its low-cost subsidiary Transavia-Europe.