France

German Airbus crash in southern France kills 150

By Stefan Steinberg, 25 March 2015

The plane, which belonged to a subsidiary of Lufthansa, had recently been grounded due to technical problems.

New defeat for Socialist Party as neo-fascists rise in French local elections

By Antoine Lerougetel, 24 March 2015

The outcome of the first round of France’s departmental elections on Sunday is a stinging rebuke to the Socialist Party government and its policies of austerity and war.

Loss for Socialist Party expected in French local elections

By Antoine Lerougetel, 17 March 2015

The neo-fascist National Front of Marine Le Pen is expected to make significant advances in the upcoming departmental elections.

Amid US talks with Iran, France debates rapprochement with Syria’s Assad

By Antoine Lerougetel, 9 March 2015

The debate over how to proceed in imperialist circles testifies to the disaster unleashed in the Middle East by the NATO proxy wars against Libya and Syria.

French Socialist Party government announces new round of free-market reforms

By Kumaran Ira, 4 March 2015

After pushing through the Macron Law on deregulation, the PS government is preparing a further round of sweeping austerity measures and structural reforms.

Anti-Muslim actions rise sharply in France after Charlie Hebdo shooting

By Anthony Torres, 28 February 2015

As the officially sanctioned hysteria against Muslims grows, police are even investigating comments made by young children.

French government survives confidence vote over austerity law

By Antoine Lerougetel, 20 February 2015

The posturing by so-called “rebel” factions of the ruling Socialist Party and its political allies against austerity stands exposed as a reactionary fraud.

French government forces through austerity measures without vote in parliament

By Alex Lantier, 18 February 2015

Using the anti-democratic provision 49-3 of the French Constitution, the government pushed through its reactionary law.

Northern Marseille on lock-down after shots fired at police

By Kanda Gabriel, 10 February 2015

Police vehicles reportedly came under rifle fire before French Prime Minister Manuel Valls arrived for a press conference in the city.

Meeting in Moscow fails to produce agreement as US plots escalation in Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 7 February 2015

The meeting between Merkel, Hollande and Putin took place amidst threats by the US to directly arm the regime in Kiev that was installed in a right-wing coup one year ago.

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen addresses Oxford Union

By Chris Marsden, 7 February 2015

The invitation of the neo-fascist leader is of a piece with both contemporary political requirements within ruling circles and the recent political pedigree of the Oxford Union.

European leaders turn against Syriza’s appeals to alter Greek debt payments

By Alex Lantier, 5 February 2015

As Syriza leaders reiterate their willingness to accommodate the demands of European governments, the banks are pressing for intensified attacks on the working class in Greece.

After Charlie Hebdo attack, France announces draconian anti-terror law

By Alex Lantier, 22 January 2015

Governments throughout Europe are exploiting the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks to dramatically expand the machinery of police-state rule.

The legitimization of Marine Le Pen

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.

Top French policeman investigating Charlie Hebdo shooting found dead

By Stéphane Hugues, 17 January 2015

A high-ranking police officer was shot dead the night after the Charlie Hebdo shootings in what police said was a suicide.

Charlie Hebdo and the specter of Vichy: From Laval to Hollande

By Joseph Kishore and Alex Lantier, 16 January 2015

The events of the past week in France have a troubling historical resonance with an earlier period of French history, when the French ruling class collaborated directly with the Nazi regime in Germany.

French government carries out mass arrests

By Ulrich Rippert, 15 January 2015

The terror attack on Charlie Hebdo is being exploited to prepare an escalation of France’s military intervention in the Middle East.

A Potemkin gathering of world leaders in Paris

By Bill Van Auken, 14 January 2015

A photograph reveals that the “world leaders” who supposedly led Sunday’s march were in reality assembled merely for a staged photo-op.

France deploys 10,000 troops in wake of Charlie Hebdo attack

By Chris Marsden, 13 January 2015

President François Hollande ordered the massive deployment of troops across France at a crisis meeting with top military, police and defence officials Monday.

Millions march in France after Charlie Hebdo shooting

By Alex Lantier, 12 January 2015

The French government and the European Union are seeking to exploit shock over the attacks on Charlie Hebdo to shift the entire framework of bourgeois politics sharply to the right.

French paramilitary police gun down three Islamist gunmen

By Patrick Martin, 10 January 2015

A two-day manhunt sparked by the massacre of 12 people at the editorial offices of the weekly Charlie Hebdo ended in twin shootouts in which another seven people died.

Le Pen at the Elysée Presidential Palace

By Alex Lantier, 10 January 2015

French President Hollande’s invitation to the neo-fascist leader is a warning that the ruling class intends to exploit the reactionary attack on Charlie Hebdo to legitimize fascist parties and prepare for dictatorship.

French Muslims targeted by revenge attacks after Charlie Hebdo shootings

By Anthony Torres, 10 January 2015

Islamophobic acts in multiple French cities targeted mosques, businesses and individuals.

Australian government exploits Paris attacks

By Mike Head, 10 January 2015

While claiming to defend free speech, the prime minister sought to justify measures that abrogate fundamental democratic rights, along with stepped-up involvement in the Middle East war.

Massive police mobilization in France

By Patrick Martin, 9 January 2015

In the wake of the massacre at the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, nearly 90,000 police, troops and civil servants have been mobilized to search for the two gunmen who escaped from the scene.

“Free Speech” hypocrisy in the aftermath of the attack on Charlie Hebdo

By David North, 9 January 2015

In the aftermath of the shootings in Paris, the state is utilizing the opportunity provided by the terrorists to whip up support for authoritarianism and militarism.

Gunmen were “probably followed” by French police before Paris massacre

By Patrick Martin, 9 January 2015

Several US media outlets reported that both Cherif and Said Kouachi had been placed on the American no-fly list many years ago.

Twelve dead in terrorist shooting at Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo

By Alex Lantier and Bill Van Auken, 8 January 2015

Whoever was behind this massacre, it plays into the hands of the most reactionary forces seeking war abroad and police-state measures at home.

Two dead, dozens injured in three separate attacks in France

By Kanda Gabriel and Kumaran Ira, 31 December 2014

The three attacks prior to Christmas have been used to stoke fears of Islamist attacks in retaliation for French involvement in wars in the Middle East and Africa.

French pseudo-left seeks to block opposition to Socialist Party’s austerity agenda

By Kumaran Ira, 29 December 2014

The New Anti-capitalist Party and the Left Party are insisting that all opposition be controlled by France’s union bureaucracy.

Air France pilots union signs concessions contract for low-cost subsidiary

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.

France’s Socialist Party pushes free-market deregulation with Macron Law

By Kumaran Ira, 17 December 2014

In the name of boosting “growth and economic activity”, the bill aims to impoverish the working class and sections of the petty-bourgeoisie in the interests of financial capital.

France: Neo-fascists defeat ruling Socialist Party in legislative elections

By Stéphane Hugues, 15 December 2014

The National Front has inflicted another humiliating defeat upon the PS, the government, and President François Hollande.

French neo-fascist National Front defends CIA torture

By Alex Lantier, 13 December 2014

The neo-fascists decided to overlook their anti-American rhetoric and leap to the defense of CIA torturers.

At Lyon congress, French National Front prepares itself as party of capitalist rule

By Francis Dubois, 11 December 2014

The National Front's advance can be explained, above all, by the naked bankruptcy of the Socialist Party and its pseudo-left allies, such as the NPA.

Egyptian dictator al-Sisi signs military, economic deals in Paris

By Kumaran Ira, 3 December 2014

The Socialist Party government warmly welcomed Egyptian military dictator al-Sisi.

France balks on delivery of Mistral helicopter-carrier to Russia

By Francis Dubois, 29 November 2014

Tensions between Paris and Moscow surged as François Hollande's Socialist Party government blocked delivery of the first of two warships for the Russian navy.

French automaker Peugeot-Citroën plans new mass layoffs

By Stéphane Hugues, 29 November 2014

The Peugeot-Citroën group has laid out plans for a new wave of mass sackings accompanied, as in previous years, by public denials that these are being prepared.

Franco-German reform plan calls for deep social cuts, wage freeze in France

By Kumaran Ira, 26 November 2014

France and Germany are proposing a joint economic reform plan with deep social cuts and flexible labour rules in favour of big business.

French Socialist Party covered up its role in police murder of Rémi Fraisse

By Kumaran Ira, 14 November 2014

Court documents show the PS knew police had killed ecological protester Rémi Fraisse but covered it up to hide the PS’s role in pressing for a crackdown.

Neo-fascist National Front calls for rearming of French imperialism

By Francis Dubois, 13 November 2014

On November 11, FN leader Marine Le Pen called for France to rearm, introduce universal military service and develop a policy independent of NATO and the European Union.

French students protest police murder of Rémi Fraisse

By Francis Dubois, 12 November 2014

Thousands of school pupils demonstrated in several cities and blockaded dozens of high schools across France.

French Senate votes law facilitating impeachment of the president

By Kumaran Ira and Olivier Laurent, 10 November 2014

Hollande is the most unpopular president since the creation of the Fifth Republic in 1958.

French President Hollande’s mid-term TV appearance: No shift in right-wing policies

By Alex Lantier, 7 November 2014

Billed as a last-ditch attempt to halt the collapse of Hollande’s Socialist Party, the TV appearance made clear Hollande intends to make no change in his reactionary policies.

France’s Socialist Party cracks down on protests against police murder of Rémi Fraisse

By Alex Lantier, 4 November 2014

Utterly discredited and unpopular, the Socialist Party is seeking to crush protests through bans on street demonstrations, police crackdowns and mass arrests.

France, Italy vow more social cuts as EU approves their 2015 budgets

By Anthony Torres, 3 November 2014

In the negotiations, the French and Italian governments agreed to impose deep attacks on the social rights of the working class.

Woman wearing a niqab forced to leave Paris Opera

By Antoine Lerougetel, 31 October 2014

This anti-democratic and discriminatory action is the product of constant anti-Muslim agitation by the French political establishment.

Anti-terror law passed by the French Senate attacks democratic rights

By Anthony Torres, 28 October 2014

The bill is an attack on freedom of movement as defined by international law and vastly expands the state’s ability to censor political speech.

France, Germany hold talks on EU approval of France’s 2015 budget

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 21 October 2014

Paris and Berlin are working on a behind-the-scenes deal for intensified, long-term austerity measures against the working class.

French President Hollande moves to end universality of family benefits

By Stéphane Hugues, 18 October 2014

Benefits paid to all families with children in France since the end of World War II are being slashed by Hollande's Socialist Party government.

From pseudo-left to New Right: The trajectory of France’s Jean-Luc Mélenchon

By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 18 October 2014

Terrified by the global capitalist crisis, Mélenchon is denouncing socialism and building ties with the periphery of the neo-fascist National Front.

European Union threatens to veto France’s 2015 budget

By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 14 October 2014

The French ruling class is considering even more ferocious austerity measures in response to the demands of the banks and the European Commission.

CGT union convicted of embezzling funds of France’s biggest works committee

By Pierre Mabut, 7 October 2014

The details of the case underscore how the French Communist Party and corrupt union bureaucracies long ago lost any base in the working class.

New Anti-capitalist Party, Lutte Ouvrière hail union sellout of Air France strike

By Alex Lantier, 6 October 2014

The French pseudo-left hails the betrayal of the pilots not only to defend the unions, but as part of its support for the austerity agenda of the Socialist Party government and the European Union.

French neo-fascists win two Senate seats amid government defeat

By Antoine Lerougetel, 4 October 2014

The Senate elections on September 28 were yet another humiliating defeat for France’s ruling Socialist Party.

French government prepares to slash family, health benefits

By Stéphane Hugues, 2 October 2014

The cuts now being implemented will hit broad sections of the working class and the middle classes.

Pseudo-left New Anti-capitalist Party backs France’s “war on terror” agenda

By Francis Dubois, 2 October 2014

The NPA’s response to the French government’s anti-terror law amounts to a defense of both imperialist war in the Middle East and police repression at home.

Le Monde promotes French government war propaganda on Iraq

By Kumaran Ira, 30 September 2014

The French daily Le Monde justifies the escalating imperialist war in the Middle East by echoing Paris’s claims that it is fighting a war against “terrorism.”

What way forward for the Air France pilots’ strike?

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.

French government exploits Islamist murder of Hervé Gourdel to expand Iraq war

By Pierre Mabut, 29 September 2014

The Islamist forces that murdered Gourdel benefited from the support of France and its allies amid the imperialist powers' proxy wars in Libya and Syria.

Pilots union pushes for sell-out of Air France pilots strike

By Alex Lantier and Stéphane Hugues, 29 September 2014

The unions and the Socialist Party government are desperately pushing pilots to accept a deal that would pave the way to deep cuts in wages and conditions.

French Prime Minister Valls denounces striking Air France pilots

By Stéphane Hugues, 27 September 2014

The head of the Socialist Party government denounced pilots as “selfish” as public support grows for the strikers.

Air France pilots’ strike hardens despite government climbdown

By Antoine Lerougetel, 26 September 2014

The government’s decision, faced with the pilots’ strike, to force Air France to abandon plans for a new low-cost subsidiary signals a major political crisis in France.

French Prime Minister Valls travels to Berlin

By Stéphane Hugues, 25 September 2014

The meeting of French Prime Minister Valls with German Chancellor Merkel cannot hide the growing Franco-German tensions in Europe.

Air France delays outsourcing of jobs amid pilots strike

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.

Air France management threatens pilots as strike enters second week

By Kumaran Ira, 23 September 2014

Air France is demanding deep cuts in wages, benefits, and working conditions.

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy returns to politics

By Alex Lantier and Stéphane Hugues, 22 September 2014

Sarkozy’s hour-long prime time TV interview painted a stark picture of political crisis in France and across Europe.

New Anti-capitalist Party tries to whitewash France’s scramble for Africa

By Kumaran Ira, 22 September 2014

The NPA cynically claims that, now that the bourgeois “left” Socialist Party rules France, France’s bloody wars in Africa are driven by concern for Africa’s security.

France bombs ISIS targets in Iraq

By Alex Lantier, 20 September 2014

The air strikes marked the first European attack in support of the latest US war in Iraq and the first overt French military operation there since the 1990-1991 Gulf War.

Air France pilots strike against low wages

By Antoine Lerougetel, 20 September 2014

Seventy-five percent of Air France pilots have been on strike since Monday.

France’s New Anti-capitalist Party orients to Socialist Party critics of Hollande

By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 20 September 2014

The NPA complacently dismisses the idea of a political crisis in France to justify its continuing orientation to the Socialist Party (PS) amid the PS’ ongoing collapse.

Valls government narrowly wins confidence vote in French National Assembly

By Alex Lantier, 17 September 2014

France’s National Assembly gave its support yesterday to a new government after a first, deeply unpopular government led by Prime Minister Manuel Valls fell on August 25.

French government threatens another war against Libya

By Stéphane Hugues, 15 September 2014

Paris is calling for a new intervention in Libya, supposedly to fight the Islamist forces it armed during the 2011 NATO war.

France’s new government shaken by early ministerial resignation

By Anthony Torres, 10 September 2014

The Elysée presidential palace announced the resignation of Thomas Thévenoud, the minister for foreign trade, tourism, and overseas Frenchmen.

The New Anti-capitalist Party and the political crisis in France

By Anthony Torres, 8 September 2014

The NPA will continue to defend the current government, France’s most right-wing regime since the World War II-era fascist government of Vichy.

France: Calais mayor demands crackdown on migrants, threatens to block port

By Stéphane Hugues, 6 September 2014

Natacha Bouchart is demanding that Britain help fund the repression of migrants trapped in Calais as they seek to reach Britain.

France stops deal to deliver Mistral helicopter carrier ships to Russia

By Stéphane Hugues, 5 September 2014

The decision to suspend the deal points to the growing inter-imperialist tensions inside NATO provoked by its proxy war in Ukraine.

After Socialist Party government reshuffle, neo-fascists offer to rule France

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 4 September 2014

In an extensive Le Figaro interview, neo-fascist National Front leader Marine Le Pen declared that her party was ready to govern France.

French unions open for business with new pro-austerity government

By Pierre Mabut, 2 September 2014

The trade union bureaucracy opposes strike action to challenge the deeply unpopular Valls government, lest it fall.

The collapse of the French government: A crisis of capitalist rule in Europe

By Alex Lantier, 29 August 2014

The entire framework of official “left” politics in France and across Europe is collapsing.

French government moves to prosecute NPA organiser of Gaza protests

By Stéphane Hugues, 29 August 2014

Workers and youth must oppose the government’s victimisation of a member of the pseudo-left New Anti-capitalist Party.

France admits it directly supplied arms to Syrian “rebels”

By Pierre Mabut, 27 August 2014

Paris’s role exposes France’s pseudo-left parties, who tried to falsely pose as critics of the government by calling for it to arm Syrian opposition militias.

US backs new French offensive in Mali

By Jill Lux, 27 August 2014

After last year’s military campaign in northern Mali, Paris is launching expanded military operations in West Africa.

French government collapses amid mounting anger over austerity policies

By Alex Lantier, 26 August 2014

President Hollande dissolved the government Monday, firing leading ministers who had publicly attacked his deeply unpopular austerity policies.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon quits leadership of France’s Left Party

By Kumaran Ira, 25 August 2014

Mélenchon is trying to obscure his ties to the discredited Socialist Party and prepare a shift into the camp of the right, should this be necessary to save his political career.

French government staggered by mounting economic crisis

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 16 August 2014

According to internal accounts, the French government is in total disarray as its projections show a deflationary spiral and economic collapse gripping Europe.

France backs renewed US war in Iraq

By Kumaran Ira, 11 August 2014

France is supporting the US decision to launch air strikes in Iraq, amid the civil war unleashed by the imperialist proxy war in neighboring Syria.

Protests in France against Israeli war on Gaza

By Pierre Mabut, 5 August 2014

Demonstrators denounced the French government’s support for the onslaught against Gaza and its charges that opponents of Israeli policy are anti-Semites.

Protests spread across Europe against Israeli war on Gaza

By Kumaran Ira, 28 July 2014

On Friday and Saturday, thousands of people marched across Europe to protest the Israeli military onslaught in Gaza strip that has killed over 1,000 Palesntinians.

New anti-Gaza war marches held in Paris and across France

By Kumaran Ira, 24 July 2014

While supporting Israeli mass murder in Gaza, the Socialist Party, with the help of pseudo-left parties, seeks to control anti-war protests.

French Socialist Party government attacks anti-Gaza war protests

By Kumaran Ira, 21 July 2014

The PS government is banning and attacking protests against the mass murder carried out by the Israeli state in Gaza.

French unions attend government’s anti-worker “social conference”

By Pierre Mabut, 16 July 2014

The French Socialist Party government held its third “social conference” of employers and unions on July 7.

French anti-terrorism law tramples fundamental democratic rights

By Kumaran Ira, 15 July 2014

The bill gives the state draconian powers for monitoring the Internet, including web sites, mail servers and clouds.

French police round up refugees in Calais

By Antoine Lerougetel, 10 July 2014

On 2 July, 200 CRS riot police rounded up some 600 refugees in Calais.

French National Front threatens to burn an “ovenload” of its critics

By Francis Dubois, 9 July 2014

Jean-Marie Le Pen’s allusion to crematorium ovens and the fascist extermination of Jews appeals to pro-Nazi sentiment in and around the National Front.

BNP Paribas fine highlights France-US tensions over Ukraine

By Francis Dubois, 8 July 2014

According to Vladimir Putin, the fine imposed on BNP Paribas by Washington was aimed at blocking the delivery of French warships to Russia.

French asbestos scandal: Indictment of Socialist Party’s Martine Aubry quashed

By Anthony Torres, 7 July 2014

Aubry and the ruling Socialist Party share a heavy responsibility in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of workers due to asbestos.

Ex-French President Nicolas Sarkozy denies influence peddling charges

By Kumaran Ira, 5 July 2014

After being detained and indicted for corruption and influence peddling, Sarkozy denied the charges in an interview on Europe1 radio and TF1 television Wednesday.

Anti-Muslim hysteria surrounds World Cup in France

By Antoine Lerougetel, 3 July 2014

Public statements and policies stigmatizing Algerians during the World Cup reflect the escalating anti-immigrant hysteria seizing the French ruling elite.

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy arrested in corruption case

By Alex Lantier, 2 July 2014

Sarkozy is the first French head of state to be imprisoned since fascist dictator and Nazi collaborator Marshal Philippe Pétain was jailed on treason charges after World War II.