France

French intelligence collects all data of France Telecom/Orange

By Anthony Torres, 17 April 2014

French intelligence services are collecting all the data of Orange’s customers with no restrictions, oversight, or legal foundation.

Tens of thousands in France, Italy protest austerity measures

By Kumaran Ira, 14 April 2014

Tens of thousands of people marched in France and Italy, protesting the social democratic governments’ austerity measures and pro-market labour reforms.

Incoming French Prime Minister Valls pledges austerity, appeals to far right

By Alex Lantier, 9 April 2014

After its defeat in the municipal elections, the Socialist Party is pledging to slash wage levels and is openly appealing to far-right sentiments.

French pseudo-left falls in line with Valls’ attacks on the working class

By Kumaran Ira, 8 April 2014

The petty-bourgeois “left” parties seek to block popular opposition to the shift to the right being prepared by the newly-installed Socialist Party government.

France’s new government: A political turning point for Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 5 April 2014

The appointment of Manuel Valls as France’s prime minister on a pro-austerity, law-and-order platform exemplifies the rightward shift in European politics.

French government vows deep attacks on the working class

By Kumaran Ira, 3 April 2014

Socialist Party officials called for shock therapy against the working class as ministers of the new cabinet of Prime Minister Manuel Valls were named.

Chinese President Xi Jinping visits France

By Kumaran Ira, 2 April 2014

Despite the massive trade deals signed between China and France, relations between the two countries are dominated by rising geo-strategic tensions.

France’s New Anti-capitalist Party backs fascist-led putsch in Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 2 April 2014

The NPA’s support for a putsch it admits is led by fascist groups constitutes irrefutable proof of its passage into the camp of the blackest political reaction.

Hollande names right-wing interior minister as new premier after defeat in French municipal elections

By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 1 April 2014

By naming Interior Minister Manuel Valls as premier, Hollande is signaling new social cuts and law-and-order policies such as those advocated by the far-right National Front.

Defeat in French municipal elections staggers ruling Socialist Party

By Antoine Lerougetel, 29 March 2014

The Socialist Party is responding to its defeat and the rise of the neo-fascist vote by appealing to the right-wing UMP party and preparing a further shift to the right.

French elections: Rising neo-fascist vote exposes bankruptcy of pseudo-left NPA

By Kumaran Ira, 29 March 2014

The New Anti-capitalist Party has responded to the rising neo-fascist vote in the municipal elections by endorsing France’s bourgeois “left” parties.

What accounts for the electoral victories of France’s neo-fascist National Front?

By Alex Lantier, 25 March 2014

The National Front can appeal to social discontent only because pseudo-left groups such as the New Anti-capitalist Party block all expression of working class opposition to the austerity policies of the Socialist Party government.

March 18 protest against social cuts in France: A political dead end

By Alex Lantier and Stéphane Hugues, 19 March 2014

Workers see one-day protests called by unions that are negotiating austerity policies as a political charade.

Scandals grow in wiretapping of ex-French President Sarkozy

By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 15 March 2014

A wave of political scandals has hit France’s right-wing UMP shortly before the March 23 municipal elections.

French unions sign Socialist Party’s “Responsibility Pact”

By Kumaran Ira, 12 March 2014

France’s unions are collaborating with President Hollande on the implementation of an austerity program that intensifies attacks on workers’ living standards.

French government applauds coup in Ukraine

By Kumaran Ira, 24 February 2014

Paris’ embrace of Ukrainian fascists exposes the political criminality of its foreign policy and the hypocrisy of its claims to oppose neo-fascism in France.

Gautier-Sauvagnac affair reveals employer payoffs to French unions

By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 19 February 2014

French employers’ leader Denis Gautier-Sauvagnac was sentenced to a year in prison for illegally funding the unions.

French unions, pseudo-left seek to block opposition to Hollande’s cuts

By Kumaran Ira, 18 February 2014

Even as unions insist that they do not oppose Hollande’s reactionary program of cuts, the pseudo-left parties are calling for unity with them.

Hollande’s state visit to Washington: France embraces global neo-colonialist war

By Alex Lantier, 13 February 2014

French imperialism has signed on as a junior partner to the US agenda of world domination exemplified by the US invasion of Iraq over a decade ago.

French automaker PSA plans to slash jobs at Poissy, shift production to Asia

By Stéphane Hugues, 11 February 2014

PSA is intensifying the exploitation of its work force, relying on speedup and job cuts in Europe while preparing a major production shift towards Asia.

Workers ignore token union protest against French Socialist Party’s cuts

By Pierre Mabut, 11 February 2014

The unions denounce opposition to social cuts from the left as aiding fascism, even as they negotiate austerity measures with the Socialist Party government.

Large neo-fascist vote expected in French municipal elections

By Anthony Torres, 10 February 2014

The media is predicting a significant far-right vote against the ruling Socialist Party and its austerity policies.

US threatens French companies with sanctions over Iran

By Peter Symonds, 7 February 2014

The Obama administration has reacted to the arrival of a major French business delegation in Tehran with barely disguised hostility.

Appeal by family of Roma schoolgirl to return to France rejected

By Pierre Mabut, 4 February 2014

On January 28, a French administrative tribunal rejected the request for a resident’s permit by the family of Leonarda Dibrani.

Far-right demonstration in Paris calls for resignation of President Hollande

By Antoine Lerougetel, 30 January 2014

Thousands participated in far-right “Day of Anger” demonstration in Paris last Monday calling for the resignation of President Hollande.

France: Goodyear workers’ fight for jobs threatened by union sellout

By Pierre Mabut, 24 January 2014

The Goodyear Dunlop Tires CGT in Amiens has accepted an offer of financial compensation in exchange for the loss of 1,173 jobs.

French presidential address: A call for austerity and militarism

By Alex Lantier, 15 January 2014

Hollande tried to rally support in the business community, pledging draconian social cuts justified with chauvinist rhetoric on the need for a strong military.

France, Japan form alliance targeting Chinese influence in Africa

By Kumaran Ira, 13 January 2014

Japan’s foreign and defense ministers visited Paris for “two-plus-two” talks with their French counterparts last Thursday.

The NPA’s support for France’s wars in Africa

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 13 January 2014

The NPA writes not as an opponent of imperialism, but as an advocate of different, perhaps more clever policies to pursue increasingly unpopular wars.

French Socialist Party runs Florange steelworks union leader in European elections

By Anthony Torres, 9 January 2014

To head its list of candidates in eastern France, the ruling PS has selected a union leader who ensured his steelworks’ closure.

French president’s New Year message: an agenda for militarism and class war

By Pierre Mabut, 8 January 2014

French president's New Year address vaunts militarism and announces a declaration of war on the French working class’s living standards and social and democratic rights.

French troops intervene in Central African Republic, seize Bangui

By Kumaran Ira, 9 December 2013

With 1,600 French troops deploying to the CAR, French forces seized the capital, Bangui, over the weekend.

French Left Front’s “Fiscal Revolution” aims to block anti-austerity movement

By Antoine Lerougetel, 9 December 2013

The Left Front's “Fiscal Revolution” march on December 1 was a political fraud, aiming to block opposition to France’s ruling Socialist Party.

France steps up military intervention into Central African Republic

By Kumaran Ira, 6 December 2013

Yesterday evening, French President François Hollande announced an “immediate” military intervention in the Central African Republic.

France: The fraud of Mélenchon’s “Fiscal Revolution”

By Antoine Lerougetel, 26 November 2013

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of the French Left Party, has called for a “Fiscal Revolution” in response to mass opposition to the Socialist Party government.

French petty-bourgeois “left” silent on NSA spying scandal

By Anthony Torres, 23 November 2013

The French pseudo-left parties have reacted with total disinterest to the NSA spying scandal and the dangers it poses to democratic rights.

In Israel, French President Hollande takes bellicose stance against Iran

By Kumaran Ira, 22 November 2013

Hollande assured the Israeli regime that France will continue to take an aggressive line against Iran and across the entire Middle East.

French authorities arrest suspected gunman in shooting at Libération newspaper offices

By Antoine Lerougetel, 22 November 2013

Police arrested Abdelhakim Dekhar, a former member of petty-bourgeois anarchist circles, charging him with Tuesday’s shooting at the Paris offices of the daily Libération .

Far-right parties forge alliance for the European elections

By Christoph Dreier, 19 November 2013

Last week, seven far-right parties announced they would coordinate their campaigns for the European elections and form a common faction.

Manhunt in Paris after gunman wounds photographer at Libération offices

By Antoine Lerougetel, 19 November 2013

A police manhunt was ongoing last night after a gunman shot and wounded a young photographer in the Paris offices of France’s center-left daily Libération.

France seizes on murder of RFI journalists to intensify Mali war

By Kumaran Ira, 11 November 2013

Two correspondents for Radio France Internationale were abducted and murdered in war-torn northern Mali on November 2.

Upsurge of strikes and popular anger in France at mass sackings, tax hikes

By Alex Lantier, 8 November 2013

Workers led protest marches and occupied factories across France yesterday, amid explosive anger at the policies of French President François Hollande.

Breton food processing workers, businesses protest French eco-tax

By Pierre Mabut and Alex Lantier, 5 November 2013

Last Saturday saw a mass demonstration of over 20,000 people in Quimper, in the region of Brittany in western France, against a new eco-tax on trucks.

French unions downplay revelations they are financed by employers groups

By Anthony Torres, 28 October 2013

The unions are trying to cover up the UIMM affair by issuing a blanket denial of revelations that they are financed by business groups.

Political lessons of the Leonarda affair

By Peter Schwarz, 24 October 2013

The “Leonarda affair” in France has revealed the crucial role played by pseudo-left forces in subordinating social protest to bourgeois rule.

France to intensify military intervention in Central African Republic

By Kumaran Ira, 24 October 2013

As sectarian fighting intensifies against the Seleka groups that seized power with French and US support in March, Paris is intervening to prop up the regime.

Mass student protests in France against deportation of Roma schoolgirl

By Antoine Lerougetel, 22 October 2013

The brutality of the seizure of Leonarda triggered social opposition that had been fermenting under the surface for a long time.

French unions secretly financed by millions of euros from business groups

By Anthony Torres, 17 October 2013

On Monday, a former top official of the employers’ organisations, Denis Gautier-Sauvagnac, admitted to having secretly financed France’s main trade unions.

French neo-fascists win Brignoles local by-election

By Pierre Mabut and Alex Lantier, 14 October 2013

On Sunday neo-fascist National Front (FN) candidate Laurent Lopez won in the cantonal local district election in Brignoles.

French austerity budget raises taxes on workers

By Olivier Laurent, 10 October 2013

The French austerity budget slashes social spending and increases taxes for workers while companies get tax breaks.

Air France to lay off 2,800 workers

By Pierre Mabut, 8 October 2013

On September 18, Air France-KLM announced the elimination of a 2,800 jobs as part of its “Transform 2015” restructuring plan.

Public meeting in Paris marks the 15th Anniversary of the WSWS

By our reporter, 7 October 2013

Supporters of the WSWS and the International Committee of the Fourth International held a well-attended public meeting on September 29 in Paris.

Socialist Party officials call for drone patrols inside France

By Pierre Mabut and Alex Lantier, 3 October 2013

Ostensibly intended to combat drug gangs, proposals to deploy drones to France’s second-largest city reflect the drive to militarize French society.

French Gaullist UMP party moves closer to neo-fascist National Front

By Anthony Torres, 25 September 2013

Former Prime Minister François Fillon indicated that he no longer excludes the possibility of supporting a neo-fascist candidates in upcoming elections.

French secularism charter attacks Muslims, democratic rights

By Pierre Mabut, 24 September 2013

French Minister of Education Vincent Peillon has introduced a schools charter that suppresses religious and political liberties under the guise of promoting secularism.

Russia-France talks on Syria end in clash over chemical warfare claims

By Alex Lantier, 18 September 2013

In talks yesterday in Moscow, the Kremlin refused to accept French claims designed to provide ammunition for a US-led war of aggression against Syria.

US, UK and France stress threat of force against Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 17 September 2013

The US and its two key allies Monday stressed the threat of force against Syria if Damascus fails to adhere strictly to the demands contained in a chemical weapons agreement.

Paris workers speak out against Syrian war, social austerity

By Antoine Lerougetel, 11 September 2013

A WSWS team campaigned at the Sunday market in the Cité des 3000 council estate in the Paris suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois.

France to await US Congress vote, UN report before attacking Syria

By Kumaran Ira, 10 September 2013

After the G20 summit in St Petersburg, which was dominated by sharp differences over war in Syria between Russia and the US, French President François Hollande announced Friday that he would address the public this week about French participation in the war.

French parliament debates war against Syria

By Alex Lantier, 5 September 2013

Even in the narrow setting of a 90-minute parliamentary debate between legislators who support France’s role in the proxy war in Syria, the contradictions in Paris’ brief for war rapidly emerged.

France publishes intelligence brief for war in Syria based on lies

By Alex Lantier, 3 September 2013

The French intelligence brief for war against Syria is a collection of lies and unsubstantiated assertions.

French President Hollande backs US war against Syria

By Alex Lantier, 31 August 2013

The day after the British parliament voted against military action in Syria, French President François Hollande of the Socialist Party pledged continuing support for the US war drive against Syria, a former French colony.

Gilbert Achcar seeks to cover up his support for Middle East wars

By Alex Lantier, 13 August 2013

Professor Gilbert Achcar is attempting to rewrite his political record to hide his role as a leading supporter and propagandist for imperialist wars in Libya and Syria.

French government plans ban on Islamic veil in universities

By Alex Lantier, 6 August 2013

Offensive to promote anti-Islamic and xenophobic sentiment in France.

Goss International closes its plants in France

By Gustav Kemper, 2 August 2013

Hundreds of workers lost their jobs when press manufacturer Goss International closed its production sites in Montataire and Nantes.

Advertising giants merge to hedge against economic downturn

By Kristina Betinis, 31 July 2013

The merger of transnational corporations Publicis and Omnicom creates the world’s largest advertising conglomerate.

Riots hit Trappes, France after police arrest family of veiled Muslim woman

By Alex Lantier, 22 July 2013

Rioting hit the southwestern Paris suburb of Trappes over the weekend, after police brutally arrested the family of a veiled Muslim woman.

French Socialist Party government denies Snowden asylum, backs Internet spying

By Alex Lantier, 9 July 2013

Since denying over-flight rights to Bolivian President Evo Morales, France has defended its own massive Internet spying program.

IMF head Christine Lagarde implicated in a financial scandal

By Olivier Laurent, 3 July 2013

Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the IMF, the main organisation behind global austerity policies, is under investigation in France over a financial scandal.

French by-election: National Front eliminates Socialist Party, runs close to the UMP

By Antoine Lerougetel and Peter Schwarz, 2 July 2013

In the second round of the by-election in the parliamentary constituency of Villeneuve-sur-Lot, the neo-fascist National Front candidate came close to winning the seat.

French pseudo-left works to defeat workers’ opposition to upcoming pension cuts

By Anthony Torres, 27 June 2013

The NPA is trying to bring the popular opposition to the Socialist Party’s austerity policies into the dead end of support for the Left Front and the union bureaucracy.

France: How the Workers’ Struggle group is helping to shut down the Aulnay car plant

By Antoine Lerougetel and Pierre Mabut, 17 June 2013

On May 17, CGT branch spokesman Jean-Pierre Mercier signed a deal that puts the seal on the Aulnay car plant’s closure by 2014.

Student killed by fascists in central Paris

By Pierre Mabut, 14 June 2013

An 18-year-old student and anti-fascist was beaten to death by a group of fascist thugs June 5 near the St. Lazare rail station in central Paris.

How Le Monde fed pro-war propaganda over chemical weapons in Syria

By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 5 June 2013

Le Monde is participating in a campaign of manipulating evidence, directed against the Syrian regime of President Bachar Assad.

Soldier attacked while on security patrol in Paris

By Antoine Lerougetel, 28 May 2013

On Saturday a lone assailant stabbed a uniformed French soldier in the throat, three days after the gruesome murder by machete of an off-duty British soldier in London.

Far-right figure commits suicide in Paris’ Notre Dame to protest gay marriage

By Antoine Lerougetel, 25 May 2013

Dominique Venner, 78, a prominent intellectual in far-right circles in France, shot himself dead on Tuesday in front of the altar of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

The European Commission, French President Hollande accelerate austerity

By Anthony Torres, 23 May 2013

While the French economy has entered into recession, the European Union and the French government are pressing to accelerate social attacks.

France: Three die in fire at Roma squat

By Antoine Lerougetel, 16 May 2013

Three Roma, two women and a 12-year-old child, died in a fire in an abandoned factory in Lyon.

Left Front’s offer to serve in France’s pro-austerity government unnerves NPA

By Kumaran Ira, 8 May 2013

The NPA fears that Mélenchon’s willingness to work under Hollande will expose the anti-working class politics of the entire pseudo-left.

French unions back closure of PSA Aulnay auto factory

By Anthony Torres, 7 May 2013

On Monday, auto maker PSA’s central works council authorized a redundancy scheme to close PSA’s plant at Aulnay, near Paris.

France: What is Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s May 5 protest?

By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 4 May 2013

A class gulf separates the explosive anger and opposition to austerity that is building in the working class across Europe from establishment figures like Mélenchon.

French military White Paper plans escalating wars

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 3 May 2013

On April 29, France’s Socialist Party government released its White Paper on military strategy.

Amid jobs collapse, French President Hollande backs austerity in Europe

By Alex Lantier, 30 April 2013

With 26 million workers unemployed in Europe, Hollande is signaling that he will keep supporting social cuts that are devastating the French and European economies.

Cahuzac affair exposes bankruptcy of French petty-bourgeois “left”

By Anthony Torres, 16 April 2013

The scandal over tax evasion by former Budget Minister Jérôme Cahuzac, which has destabilised the government of President François Hollande, exposes the entire French political establishment.

French government law increases worker exploitation

By Pierre Mabut, 13 April 2013

With the consent of the trade unions, the French Socialist Party government has enacted a law increasing the exploitation of the working class.

France launches military, propaganda offensive in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 13 April 2013

Contrary to the French president’s claims that his country made a lightning response to a terrorist threat, the invasion of Mali was prepared long beforehand.

Stalinist daily l’Humanité defends French government in Cahuzac scandal

By Olivier Laurent, 11 April 2013

The Stalinist daily’s April 3 editorial on ex-budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac’s confession to tax evasion defends the Socialist Party government.

Hundreds of workers at Goss International France lose their jobs

By Gustav Kemper, 8 April 2013

Web offset giant Goss International intensifies its redundancy program, laying off 430 workers.

Cahuzac tax scandal, neo-fascist ties stagger France’s ruling Socialist Party

By Alex Lantier, 5 April 2013

The scandal over tax evasion by former Budget Minister Jérôme Cahuzac on bank accounts tied to business activities with neo-fascist groups has shaken the Socialist Party.

French Budget Minister Cahuzac resigns over hidden bank account

By Olivier Laurent and Alex Lantier, 4 April 2013

France’s Socialist Party government in crisis after its former budget minister admitted to lying about a Swiss bank account hidden from tax authorities.

French President Hollande pledges austerity, war in prime time TV interview

By Alex Lantier, 29 March 2013

In an hour-long television interview last night, French President François Hollande sought to outline his policies amid rising popular anger against his government.

Large neo-fascist vote in French by-election: A warning to the working class

By Anthony Torres, 29 March 2013

After 10 months in government, the Socialist Party experienced a serious defeat in the Oise constituency by-election, resulting in a large neo-fascist vote.

Goodyear union in France touts cooperative to “save” Amiens plant

By Antoine Lerougetel, 27 March 2013

The CGT union at the Goodyear Tire plant in Amiens in northern France, has outlined its plans for making the site a workers’ cooperative.

France confirms killing of Al Qaeda leader Abou Zeid in Mali

By Kumaran Ira, 25 March 2013

On Saturday, the French government confirmed the death of Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, the leader of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), in northern Mali.

Unions approve closure of PSA’s Aulnay plant in France

By Antoine Lerougetel, 21 March 2013

On Monday, the unions voted to accept the closure the PSA Peugeot-Citroën factory at Aulnay, cutting 3,000 jobs directly and 11,214 jobs throughout France.

France’s defense minister visits French troops in Mali

By Anthony Torres, 15 March 2013

The situation facing the Malian population is catastrophic. Towns and villages have been largely destroyed.

Britain and France seek end to arms embargo on Syria

By Chris Marsden, 14 March 2013

The UK, France and various regional powers such as the Gulf monarchies and Turkey are taking their cue from Washington, which has worked behind the scenes for months to channel weapons into Syria

France: PSA car workers’ strike at an impasse

By Pierre Mabut, 14 March 2013

Some 100 PSA Citroën car workers from the Aulnay plant near Paris occupied the Engineering Employers Federation’s Paris offices to protest plans to close their plant.

French army suppresses reporting of Mali war

By Ernst Wolff, 13 March 2013

The French army has systematically blocked journalists from conducting objective reporting of the war in Mali.

Police clash with workers fighting closure of Goodyear Amiens-Nord plant

By Antoine Lerougetel, 9 March 2013

Riot police sprayed tear-gas and fired pepper spray at hundreds of workers from the Goodyear Tire Amiens-Nord site in northern France Thursday.