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Meeting in Paris May 15

The socialist struggle against war and the bankruptcy of Tamil nationalism

3 May 2016

SEP (Sri Lanka) Assistant Secretary Deepal Jayasekera will speak at a May 15 meeting in Paris on the struggle against imperialist war.

Protests shrink as police attack fourth day of action against French labour law

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.

Workers and youth in Amiens speak out against French labour reform

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.

In run-up to labour law protest, French rail workers stage one-day strike

By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 28 April 2016

The trade unions, seeking to block the entry of workers into struggle against the labour law reform, organised no meetings or protests on the strike day.

In Cairo, French President Hollande defends the bloodstained Sisi junta

By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 20 April 2016

Hollande discussed with the Egyptian dictator his response to the November 13 attacks in Paris before deciding to impose a state of emergency across France.

Hollande sheds crocodile tears over refugees in Lebanon visit

By Kumaran Ira, 19 April 2016

French President François Hollande began his four-day trip to the Middle East, visiting Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan, to boost economic and military ties amidst escalating war.

French economy minister launches movement preparing for PS’ disintegration

By Francis Dubois, 14 April 2016

Macron set up his “Forward March” movement amid rising concerns in ruling circles that the PS could disintegrate after the 2017 presidential elections.

French government announces youth grant in bid to halt labor reform protest

By Kumaran Ira, 13 April 2016

Student unions are hailing the measure and moving to organise a sell-out of struggles against the reactionary law of Labour Minister Myriam El Khomri.

French police attack demonstrators protesting anti-worker labor law 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.

An interview with LO’s Arlette Laguiller: “We’re happy [the trade unions] are waking up”

By Francis Dubois and Alex Lantier, 9 April 2016

Lutte Ouvrière (Workers Struggle) in France is an organization of the status quo that is trying to block a political movement against the Socialist Party government and trade union bureaucracies.

French troops accused of sexual violence in the Central African Republic

By Francis Dubois, 8 April 2016

The latest revelations of sexual violence against the Central African population unmask the “humanitarian” pretensions of the French intervention.

#NightOnOurFeet: A petty-bourgeois trap for opposition to French labor reform

By Alex Lantier, 8 April 2016

The occupation of Republic Square in Paris by parties closely allied to the ruling PS is a trap designed to prevent radicalized youth from turning to the working class.

Hundreds arrested as French police assault student protests against labour reform

By Alex Lantier and Senthooran Ravee, 6 April 2016

Police are trying to intimidate youth in the run-up to the next major protest by workers and students, on April 9, amid rising anger with austerity and the state of emergency.

Youth and workers in Marseille speak out against austerity

By Anthony Torres, 6 April 2016

WSWS reporters in Marseille discussed with youth and workers who mobilised yesterday against the El Khomri law.

After four days of fighting, Azerbaijan, Armenia call Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire

By Kumaran Ira, 6 April 2016

Doubts persist over how long the ceasefire will last, as the Caucasus and the Middle East have been put on edge by escalating imperialist wars and economic crisis.

The working class in France mobilizes against austerity

By Alex Lantier, 4 April 2016

The attempt to promote hysteria over terrorism to suppress popular opposition is failing in the face of a growing radicalization of workers and youth.

French workers, youth defy state of emergency to protest austerity policies

By Anthony Torres, 1 April 2016

As many as 1.2 million people participated in demonstrations Thursday across France against the draconian anti-working class policies of the Socialist Party government.

Workers and youth speak out against French labour law reform

By our reporters, 1 April 2016

The WSWS spoke to students and workers participating in demonstrations throughout France against proposed changes to the country’s labour law Thursday.

French students speak out against austerity and state of emergency

By Kumaran Ira and Anthony Torres, 25 March 2016

Students protesting the French labour reform expressed their opposition to the Socialist Party’s austerity measures, state of emergency and imperialist wars.

Paris terror attack suspect Salah Abdeslam arrested in Brussels

By Alex Lantier, 21 March 2016

Astonishingly, Europe’s most wanted man, on the run from police for four months, was hiding near his parents’ apartment in the heavily-watched Molenbeek district.

French Socialist Party whips up law-and-order hysteria after Abdeslam arrest

By Kumaran Ira, 21 March 2016

As it cultivates Islamist forces in a war for regime change in Syria, France is citing the danger of terror attacks as a pretext to escalate attacks on democratic rights.

French government, trade unions rework reactionary labor reform

By Anthony Torres, 17 March 2016

The unions and the Socialist Party want to channel workers’ opposition to the most unpopular government since World War II behind minor changes to its hated reform.

Workers, students march against French labor law reform

By Alex Lantier, 14 March 2016

The brutal police crackdown in Lyon underscores that, under cover of the state of emergency, the Socialist Party aims to illegalize constitutionally protected protests.

Photo essay: Volunteer at French refugee camp speaks to the WSWS

By Jill Lux and Toby Reese, 10 March 2016

The camp at Grand-Synthe epitomizes the squalid conditions facing people who have fled their homes amid the greatest refugee crisis since World War II.

Striking cashiers and dockers interrogated under French state of emergency

By Anthony Torres, 10 March 2016

The unprecedented attack on the right to strike is yet another warning of the anti-working class character of the state of emergency imposed by the Socialist Party.

Tensions rise at Franco-British and Franco-German summits

By Francis Dubois, 7 March 2016

The Amiens and Paris summits lay bare rising tensions inside Europe in the run-up to today's EU-Turkey summit on the escalating refugee and war crisis in Syria.

Cameron and Hollande beat anti-immigrant drum to oppose Brexit

By Robert Stevens, 5 March 2016

French officials threatened that a British exit from the European Union could lead France to stop blocking refugees from traveling via Calais to Britain.

France attacks refugees, launches destruction of Calais camp

By Francis Dubois and Stéphane Hugues, 2 March 2016

The expulsion in the middle of winter of thousands of refugees fleeing war, including women and children, is part of the escalating persecution of refugees throughout Europe.

Public split in French Socialist Party over state of emergency

By Alex Lantier, 29 February 2016

Critics inside the PS are concerned that its policies of deep austerity and appeals to neo-fascist sentiment leave it dangerously exposed to attack from the left.

French unions seek to suppress opposition to Hollande’s labour reforms

By Stéphane Hugues, 25 February 2016

Opposition is growing among workers and students to the state of emergency and the Socialist Party’s historic attacks on the working class.

French judiciary opens investigation into ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy

By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 23 February 2016

The Socialist Party’s shift to the right and the rise of the National Front since last year’s terror attacks in Paris are for now undermining Sarkozy’s support in ruling circles.

French labor law reform sets stage for historic attack on workers’ rights

By Francis Dubois, 22 February 2016

The impact of this reform is being compared to that of epoch-making attacks like the Hartz IV reforms in Germany or the breaking of the PATCO union in the US.

Divisions erupt at EU summit over refugees, possible British exit

By Alex Lantier, 19 February 2016

The assembled heads of state failed to agree on refugee policy or on reactionary concessions aiming to ensure that Britain does not leave the European Union.

French National Assembly enshrines state of emergency in constitution

By Kumaran Ira, 17 February 2016

French police have conducted more than 3,200 warrantless house searches, imposed 400 house arrest orders, and closed numerous mosques and businesses.

Europe at the breaking point

By Alex Lantier, 17 February 2016

France's denunciations of Germany's policy of accepting Middle Eastern refugees fleeing to Europe have exposed deep divisions within the EU.

Human Rights Watch report exposes French state of emergency

By Stéphane Hugues, 9 February 2016

The report points to systematic, arbitrary denials of basic democratic rights by police and the targeting of people of Muslim descent.

Left Party founder Jean-Luc Mélenchon covers for French government’s authoritarian policies

By Anthony Torres, 6 February 2016

There are no fundamental differences between Mélenchon and the Socialist Party government, which is building a police state in France.

Iran’s President Rouhani visits Italy, France as economic rivalries deepen

By Kumaran Ira, 5 February 2016

After lifting sanctions on Iran, the imperialist powers are locked in a bitter competition over who will seize the largest share of lucrative Iranian markets.

French President Hollande visits India to boost military ties, investment

By Sarath Kumara, 3 February 2016

Coming after New Delhi opened talks on possibly hosting US troops on Indian bases, Hollande’s visit pointed to the military escalation seizing South Asia.

France gives €1 billion aid to Tunisia in bid to halt mass protests over jobs

By Kumaran Ira, 26 January 2016

Amid growing social unrest, Washington and Paris are boosting military aid to Tunisia to prepare to suppress social opposition in the working class.

Prime Minister Valls pledges permanent state of emergency in France

By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 26 January 2016

As if in a slow-motion military coup, the ruling elite is moving to transform political life in France, creating an authoritarian political regime.

Calls for “primary of the left” offer political cover to French ruling party

By Francis Dubois, 21 January 2016

A part of the bourgeoisie fears that the appeals to the far right from the ruling Socialist Party could discredit its policies of austerity and war.

French Prime Minister Valls’ district threatens to suspend social spending

By Antoine Lerougetel, 18 January 2016

This callous assault on the basic social needs of vulnerable sections of the population is part of a European-wide offensive of the ruling class on workers’ basic social rights.

Charlie Hebdo joins racist campaign against refugees in Europe

By Alex Lantier, 16 January 2016

The French weekly magazine declared that Aylan Kurdi, a three-year-old refugee whose drowning death last year sparked worldwide outrage, would have grown up to be a “groper.”

Amid state of emergency, French workers jailed for struggle to defend jobs

By Kumaran Ira, 14 January 2016

With the unprecedented decision to jail Goodyear workers who struck against mass layoffs, the state is showing that its emergency powers are aimed squarely at the working class.

One year after Charlie Hebdo attack

Police gun down youth in poor Paris neighborhood

By Stéphane Hugues, 8 January 2016

Witnesses speaking to the media flatly contradicted official accounts of the shooting and said that police gunned down an unarmed man without warning.

French government considers deprivation of nationality as possible sentence to all citizens

By Alex Lantier, 6 January 2016

The Socialist Party is increasingly taking up positions associated with the extreme right and the traditions of 20th century European fascism.

After Paris attacks, anti-Muslim riot erupts in Corsica

By Kumaran Ira, 30 December 2015

The anti-Muslim riots in Corsica are the product of the incitement of racial hatreds by the entire French political establishment.

French government proposes constitutional amendment on state of emergency, deprivation of citizenship

By Alex Lantier, 24 December 2015

Proposed moves to deprive people of French nationality were traditionally associated to the far-right National Front and were used against the Jews during the Nazi Occupation.

Mass police raids in French state of emergency find no terror networks

By Anthony Torres, 23 December 2015

Mass searches and house arrests are part of the preparation for the imposition of a permanent state of emergency by the Socialist Party government.

Amid French state of emergency, Sodexo sacks 19 workers for striking

By Kumaran Ira, 23 December 2015

The sudden and unprecedented mass sacking by food and facilities management multinational Sodexo is an attack on the constitutionally protected right to strike.

Weapon used in November 13 Paris attacks came from CIA-linked arms dealer

By Alex Lantier, 18 December 2015

Investigations of the November 13 attacks raise the question of whether elements in or around the state machine facilitated the commission of the terror attacks in Paris.

New defeat for ruling Socialist Party in French regional elections

By Kumaran Ira, 14 December 2015

Although the neo-fascist National Front did not win any regions, their success in the first round shows that they are now emerging as a central force in French politics.

Efforts collapse to form “Republican front” to block neo-fascists in French regional elections

By Alex Lantier, 11 December 2015

As France’s bourgeois politicians seek to impose a permanent state of emergency, their hollow appeals to the population to rally behind them to defend “democracy” have little impact.

After Paris attacks, New Anti-capitalist Party backs police state rule and war

By Alex Lantier, 11 December 2015

The NPA is not denouncing war or the threat of police dictatorship in France, but insinuating that opposition to imperialist war is support for terrorism.

Imperialism, the “war on terror” and anti-Muslim hysteria

By Andre Damon, 9 December 2015

The call by Donald Trump that Muslims be prevented from traveling to the United States exemplifies the reactionary politics that go hand-in-hand with the drive to war.

Neo-fascist National Front leads first round of French regional elections

By Kumaran Ira, 7 December 2015

In elections held under a state of emergency after the November 13 attacks in Paris, the National Front made broad gains in six of France’s 13 regions.

Paris climate talks accomplish nothing to curb global warming

By Daniel de Vries, 5 December 2015

The expected agreement from the summit falls woefully short, even in its ambition, of what is necessary to protect humanity from the worst consequences of a warming planet.

After Paris attacks, neo-fascists surge in polls for French regional elections

By Kumaran Ira, 2 December 2015

The neo-fascist National Front has emerged as the main beneficiary of the law-and-order hysteria and draconian police-state measures of the Socialist Party.

The police crackdown in Paris and the drift towards dictatorship in France

By Alex Lantier, 30 November 2015

Yesterday, police seized upon the standing ban on all public protests during the state of emergency to stage a brutal crackdown on ecological protesters in Paris.

Humanitarian disaster on the Balkan refugee route

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 30 November 2015

Germany and France are stepping up their efforts to prevent refugees arriving in the EU via the Balkan route.

French President Hollande proposes anti-ISIS alliance in Syria to Russia

By Stéphane Hugues, 28 November 2015

Hollande’s meeting with Vladimir Putin took place two days after Turkish fighters shot down a Russian bomber along the Syrian-Turkish border.

New data on police foreknowledge of terrorists raise questions on Paris attack

By Kumaran Ira, 27 November 2015

While the state is giving massive new powers to police supposedly to stop terrorism, intelligence agencies could have stopped the attacks with their existing powers.

September 11 and the Paris terrorist attacks

By Peter Schwarz, 25 November 2015

The real reason for the explosion of US militarism after 9/11 was the crisis of US imperialism on a global scale and growing class tensions within the US itself. The same applies to the response to the Paris attacks.

Cameron, Hollande meet to discuss military escalation in Syria

By Robert Stevens, 24 November 2015

The British prime minister’s meeting with French President François Hollande was aimed at securing a vote in the UK parliament for war in Syria.

Official justifications for Brussels lockdown unravel

By Alex Lantier, 24 November 2015

Popular frustration rose yesterday across Belgium as contradictions mounted in the official justifications for the continuing police lockdown of Brussels.

After Paris attacks, Spain offers to reinforce French troops in Africa

By James Lerner and Alejandro López, 24 November 2015

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has offered to replace French troops deployed in missions in Africa so Paris can free up more forces for the fight against Islamic State (IS), both in France itself and in Syria and Iraq.

Employers push to use French state of emergency against workers

By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 21 November 2015

As the government imposes a state of emergency, the employers federation is calling on businesses to report any suspect remark by workers to the police.

US Special Forces deploy to Mali in wake of Bamako hotel attack

By Thomas Gaist, 21 November 2015

There are already signs that the United States and France are seizing on the attack to intensify their military operations on the continent.

French National Assembly overwhelmingly backs extension of police-state measures

By Andre Damon, 20 November 2015

The lower house of the French Parliament voted 551-6 to extend the state of emergency that lets police carry out warrant-less searches and break up meetings and demonstrations.

The state of emergency and the collapse of French democracy

By Alex Lantier, 19 November 2015

Hollande’s proposed amendments to the French Constitution provide the legal basis for transforming France into a presidential dictatorship.

Paris suburb of Saint Denis under military lockdown as gun battle plays out

By Stéphane Hugues, 19 November 2015

Residents in the center of Saint Denis, a northern suburb of Paris, were woken up at 4:30 a.m. in the morning by an enormous explosion and heavy gunfire.

French government’s bill on state of emergency threatens democratic rights

By Anthony Torres, 19 November 2015

The modification of the French Constitution paves the way for security forces to ban strikes, demonstrations or any public meetings that displease the authorities.

NPR fawns over neo-fascist Marine Le Pen

By Andre Damon, 19 November 2015

The US public radio station described the neo-fascist Front National as “the largest political party in France” without mentioning its history of anti-Semitism and holocaust denial.

After Paris attacks, NATO powers press for military escalation in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 18 November 2015

The international coalition the French government claims it is trying to assemble with Russia and the US against the Islamic State militia is riven with contradictions.

Syria’s Assad says Paris now “knows what Syria has lived for five years”

By Kumaran Ira, 18 November 2015

As divisions emerge in ruling circles over the Syrian crisis, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is seeking to mend ties with the imperialist powers.

French president exploits terror attacks to suspend democratic rights

By Alex Lantier and Stéphane Hugues, 17 November 2015

Hollande’s announcements make clear that he intends to modify the French constitution to give the government the power to impose an indefinite state of emergency.

After the Paris terror attacks: A drumbeat for military escalation and internal repression

By Bill Van Auken, 17 November 2015

Terrorism, from the standpoint of the American state, is a useful tactic when directed against Washington’s enemies. It is merely part of the cost of doing business when it hits the US and its allies.

German media brays for war and dictatorship after Paris attacks

By Johannes Stern, 17 November 2015

Right-wing circles in German politics and the media are exploiting the shock over the attacks in Paris to make increasingly explicit appeals for authoritarianism and militarism.

Citing Paris attacks, Jeremy Corbyn retreats from critique of UK foreign policy

By Chris Marsden, 17 November 2015

Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, cancelled plans to make a speech defending his previously stated opposition to British escalation in Syria.

Trudeau commits Canada to major role in Mideast war

By Roger Jordan, 17 November 2015

Broad sections of the ruling elite have seized on the Paris attacks to demand the Liberals renege on their election pledge to end the Canadian military’s bombing of Iraq and Syria.

With US backing, France launches bombing campaign in Syria

By Nick Beams, 16 November 2015

The major imperialist powers are moving rapidly to escalate their military intervention in Syria in the wake of Friday night’s terror attack in Paris.

The Paris terror attacks

By Alex Lantier and Barry Grey, 16 November 2015

The criminal assault on innocent civilians in Paris is the predictable outcome of US and European imperialism’s relentless escalation of military operations in the Middle East.

After Paris attacks, French government steps up police state measures

By Kumaran Ira, 16 November 2015

The Socialist Party government plans to extend the current state of emergency for three months or possibly indefinitely.

UK mounts massive police operation after Paris terror attacks

By Robert Stevens, 16 November 2015

The Paris attacks resulted in calls from the media and sections of the military for Britain to take a central part in military strikes in Syria.

France declares state of emergency after ISIS terrorist attacks kill over 100 in Paris

By Alex Lantier, 14 November 2015

More than 14 years of the “War on Terror” have created a climate of escalating violence of which the atrocity in Paris is a tragic example.

France inaugurates €4.2 billion defence ministry complex

By Kumaran Ira, 12 November 2015

The Hexagone-Balard defence complex is part of multibillion-euro surge in military spending.

France prepares drastic overhaul of Labour Code

By Kumaran Ira, 9 November 2015

The government hopes that by all but suspending the Labour Code, it can boost profits by pushing through attacks on the scale of the Hartz IV reforms in Germany.

French pilots flee Dominican Republic in “Air Cocaine” affair

By Antoine Lerougetel, 6 November 2015

Individuals linked to the French and Dominican military and police have illegally "rescued" two French pilots found guilty of drug smuggling.

French President Hollande tours Asia as divisions mount between US and Europe over China

By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 4 November 2015

Hollande’s was the latest in a series of high-level state visits highlighting Europe’s ever-closer relations with China.

Former French President Sarkozy in Moscow proposes closer ties to Russia

By Stéphane Hugues, 31 October 2015

Sarkozy met with Putin on Wednesday to discuss ways to end the Ukrainian crisis and sanctions on Russia, and forge a joint coalition with Russia in Syria.

French president applauds Syriza’s austerity measures before Greek parliament

By Alex Lantier, 26 October 2015

François Hollande and Syriza have been working together closely to block the eruption of mass opposition in the working class to austerity across Europe.

Tragic bus accident in France claims 43 lives

By Stéphane Hugues, 24 October 2015

The speed with which flames engulfed the bus and claimed the lives of dozens of people raises troubling questions as to the safety of the vehicles involved.

Voters shun Socialist Party’s left unity referendum before French regional elections

By Stéphane Hugues, 23 October 2015

The Socialist Party’s attempt to burnish its image by holding a referendum on whether to unite the “left” in the upcoming regional elections was a resounding failure.

Air France postpones job cuts as anger rises among workers

By Anthony Torres, 22 October 2015

By reducing the number of job cuts anticipated in the near future at Air France, the French state is trying to prevent an explosion of social struggle against its austerity policies.

Russia summons French ambassador over near-miss in European air space

By Alex Lantier, 20 October 2015

Whatever the nationality of the fighter jet that nearly collided with a Russian jetliner near Geneva, it is clear that a serious diplomatic incident occurred.