By Kumaran Ira, 27 May 2015
France confirmed that it carried out the extrajudicial killing of top Al Qaeda militants in northern Mali during a special forces raid on May 17-18.
By Kumaran Ira, 23 May 2015
The army is set to be France’s largest recruiter in the coming year, as the country plunges billions into the armed forces amid a broad military build-up across Europe.
By Kanda Gabriel, 21 May 2015
French police were filmed beating migrants and spraying them with pepper spray at a roadside, as they sought to hide in trucks bound for Britain.
By Athiyan Silva, 18 May 2015
As it sells billions of dollars in jets, France is stoking Saudi-Iranian tensions over the Yemen war and Indo-Pakistani tensions sharpened by the US “pivot to Asia.”
By Anthony Torres, 15 May 2015
Despite its superficial criticisms of the surveillance law, the NPA is complicit in the building of the infrastructure of a police state in France.
By Anthony Torres, 9 May 2015
Local newspapers in northern France are reporting that a gun dealer with ties to right-wing and paramilitary groups supplied the weapons for the January attacks in Paris.
By Anthony Torres, 7 May 2015
The law retroactively sanctions the mass spying already carried out by the intelligence services and formally sets up the surveillance infrastructure of a police state in France.
By Antoine Lerougetel and Kumaran Ira, 6 May 2015
Young boys have accused French soldiers of sexually assaulting them in exchange for food or money—both before and during the UN-led mission in the impoverished country.
By Kumaran Ira, 4 May 2015
France plans to boost defense spending amid spreading wars and rising geopolitical tension between major powers in Europe and internationally.
By Anthony Torres, 4 May 2015
The expulsion of a high school girl points to the reactionary, Islamophobic atmosphere encouraged by the entire French political establishment.
By Anthony Torres, 28 April 2015
The National Assembly is currently debating a digital surveillance bill that would legalize mass spying and data retention practices by French intelligence agencies.
By Stéphane Hugues, 25 April 2015
Hollande’s comments comparing the FN to the Communist Party are a reactionary attempt to give the neo-fascists a “left” populist cover.
By Kumaran Ira, 24 April 2015
The Socialist Party government is seizing on the recent terror plot in the French capital to legitimise anti-terror and spying measures.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 23 April 2015
Holland and Essebsi are using the horror provoked by Islamist terror attacks to justify a massive development of police-state and military powers.
By Stéphane Hugues, 16 April 2015
The unions are seeking to strangle a strike that challenges French President François Hollande’s austerity policies and threatens to ignite broader social anger in the working class.
By Stéphane Hugues, 14 April 2015
Like the Iraq war launched by the Bush administration in 2003, the NATO drive to rearm Europe and prepare for war against Russia is based on lies.
By Francis Dubois, 13 April 2015
Layers of the ruling class who want to promote the National Front are pressing the party to verbally distance itself from Jean-Marie Le Pen’s pro-Nazi sympathies.
By Athiyan Silva, 11 April 2015
As the imperialist powers in North America and Europe seek to divide up markets in Russia and Asia, inter-imperialist tensions are coming to the fore.
By Stéphane Hugues, 10 April 2015
Despite overwhelming opposition to Socialist Party (PS) austerity, workers sense that PS-allied unions offer no way forward in a struggle against austerity.
By Pierre Mabut, 9 April 2015
In seeking to resist reactionary policies in France and across Europe, the working class faces a political struggle against the Socialist Party and the European Union.
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 Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 6 April 2015
The policy of rearmament across Europe is sharpening deeply rooted tensions between Germany and France.
By Peter Schwarz, 3 April 2015
Berlin and Paris are planning to jointly build a combat drone and work together more closely on satellite reconnaissance.
By Kumaran Ira, 2 April 2015
French imperialism is pouring billions into its military presence at home and abroad.
By Alex Lantier, 30 March 2015
The right-wing Union for a Popular Movement swept up to 70 of France’s 101 departments, as voters punished the Socialist Party for its attacks on jobs and wages.
By Stefan Steinberg, 25 March 2015
The plane, which belonged to a subsidiary of Lufthansa, had recently been grounded due to technical problems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Anthony Torres, 28 February 2015
As the officially sanctioned hysteria against Muslims grows, police are even investigating comments made by young children.
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.
By Alex Lantier, 18 February 2015
Using the anti-democratic provision 49-3 of the French Constitution, the government pushed through its reactionary law.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Anthony Torres, 10 January 2015
Islamophobic acts in multiple French cities targeted mosques, businesses and individuals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
By Stéphane Hugues, 15 December 2014
The National Front has inflicted another humiliating defeat upon the PS, the government, and President François Hollande.
By Alex Lantier, 13 December 2014
The neo-fascists decided to overlook their anti-American rhetoric and leap to the defense of CIA torturers.
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.
By Kumaran Ira, 3 December 2014
The Socialist Party government warmly welcomed Egyptian military dictator al-Sisi.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Francis Dubois, 12 November 2014
Thousands of school pupils demonstrated in several cities and blockaded dozens of high schools across France.
By Kumaran Ira and Olivier Laurent, 10 November 2014
Hollande is the most unpopular president since the creation of the Fifth Republic in 1958.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 4 October 2014
The Senate elections on September 28 were yet another humiliating defeat for France’s ruling Socialist Party.
By Stéphane Hugues, 2 October 2014
The cuts now being implemented will hit broad sections of the working class and the middle classes.
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.
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.”
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 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.
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.
By Stéphane Hugues, 27 September 2014
The head of the Socialist Party government denounced pilots as “selfish” as public support grows for the strikers.
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.
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.
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.
By Kumaran Ira, 23 September 2014
Air France is demanding deep cuts in wages, benefits, and working conditions.
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.
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.
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.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 20 September 2014
Seventy-five percent of Air France pilots have been on strike since Monday.
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.
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.
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.
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.