By Pierre Mabut, 2 September 2014
The trade union bureaucracy opposes strike action to challenge the deeply unpopular Valls government, lest it fall.
By Alex Lantier, 29 August 2014
The entire framework of official “left” politics in France and across Europe is collapsing.
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.
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.
By Jill Lux, 27 August 2014
After last year’s military campaign in northern Mali, Paris is launching expanded military operations in West Africa.
By Alex Lantier, 26 August 2014
President Hollande dissolved the government Monday, firing leading ministers who had publicly attacked his deeply unpopular austerity policies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Pierre Mabut, 16 July 2014
The French Socialist Party government held its third “social conference” of employers and unions on July 7.
By Kumaran Ira, 15 July 2014
The bill gives the state draconian powers for monitoring the Internet, including web sites, mail servers and clouds.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 10 July 2014
On 2 July, 200 CRS riot police rounded up some 600 refugees in Calais.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Pierre Mabut and Alex Lantier, 1 July 2014
The unions and the pseudo-left parties only called the strikes in order to keep a struggle against the cuts from erupting outside of their control.
By Alex Lantier, 25 June 2014
The NPA is seeking to cover up its responsibility in pressing for imperialism to arm Sunni Islamist militias in the region, while downplaying the risk of a wider war.
By Kumaran Ira, 20 June 2014
A 16-year-old Roma boy, Darius, was badly beaten by a vigilante mob last Friday in the north Paris suburb of Pierrefitte-sur-Seine.
By Anthony Torres, 19 June 2014
Approximately 1,000 demonstrators gathered in Paris on June 17 to protest the Socialist Party government’s planned privatization of the French railways.
By Pierre Mabut, 18 June 2014
Ten thousand entertainment industry workers protested outside the Ministry of Culture in Paris on Monday as part of strike action throughout France.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 18 June 2014
France’s military leadership openly threatened to resign in order to force a retraction of cuts in military spending.
By Kumaran Ira, 16 June 2014
Nationwide strikes involving rail and cultural workers reflect rising social opposition to the Socialist Party government.
By Pierre Mabut, 29 May 2014
Stepped-up attacks on immigrants are the Socialist Party government’s response to the victory of the French neo-fascists in last week’s European elections.
By Alex Lantier, 27 May 2014
The vote does not indicate broad support for the neo-fascists’ anti-immigrant agenda, but the absence of any organization opposed to the ruling Socialist Party from the left.
By Peter Schwarz, 24 May 2014
For months opinion polls in France have been forecasting a victory for the far-right National Front (FN) in Sunday’s European elections.
By Kumaran Ira, 16 May 2014
On May 11-13, French President François Hollande visited the ex-Soviet republics in the South Caucasus to boost energy and diplomatic ties amid the Ukraine crisis.
By Kumaran Ira, 15 May 2014
Paris said it wished the United States had started a war with Syria last year, while accusing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of using chemical weapons.
By Pierre Mabut, 8 May 2014
French President Hollande is under increasing pressure from the European Commisssion and the banks to cut wages and create a flexible labour market.
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By Kumaran Ira, 7 May 2014
Mélenchon is making empty criticisms of President François Hollande’s policies in Ukraine, trying to block working class opposition to the Socialist Party.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 30 April 2014
The unions, backed by “left” allies of the ruling Socialist Party, are organising May Day demonstrations aimed at diverting mass anger against austerity.
By Kumaran Ira, 30 April 2014
Financial markets are calling on the Socialist Party government of Prime Minister Manuel Valls to intensify attacks on the working class.
By Kumaran Ira, 21 April 2014
The PS is repudiating all the social concessions made to the working class after the fall of the Nazi collaborationist regime at the end of World War II.
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.