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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Anthony Torres, 10 February 2014
The media is predicting a significant far-right vote against the ruling Socialist Party and its austerity policies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Kumaran Ira, 9 December 2013
With 1,600 French troops deploying to the CAR, French forces seized the capital, Bangui, over the weekend.
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.
By Kumaran Ira, 6 December 2013
Yesterday evening, French President François Hollande announced an “immediate” military intervention in the Central African Republic.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
By Kumaran Ira, 11 November 2013
Two correspondents for Radio France Internationale were abducted and murdered in war-torn northern Mali on November 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Olivier Laurent, 10 October 2013
The French austerity budget slashes social spending and increases taxes for workers while companies get tax breaks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Alex Lantier, 3 September 2013
The French intelligence brief for war against Syria is a collection of lies and unsubstantiated assertions.
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.
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.
By Alex Lantier, 6 August 2013
Offensive to promote anti-Islamic and xenophobic sentiment 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.
By Kristina Betinis, 31 July 2013
The merger of transnational corporations Publicis and Omnicom creates the world’s largest advertising conglomerate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 3 May 2013
On April 29, France’s Socialist Party government released its White Paper on military strategy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Gustav Kemper, 8 April 2013
Web offset giant Goss International intensifies its redundancy program, laying off 430 workers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Anthony Torres, 15 March 2013
The situation facing the Malian population is catastrophic. Towns and villages have been largely destroyed.
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
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.
By Ernst Wolff, 13 March 2013
The French army has systematically blocked journalists from conducting objective reporting of the war in Mali.
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.