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.

French airstrike on Syria was targeted killing of a French citizen

By Alex Lantier, 19 October 2015

The airstrike on Raqqa is a decisive step in the degeneration of bourgeois democracy in France.

Police arrest Air France strikers who confronted bosses over mass layoffs

By Kumaran Ira, 14 October 2015

The arrest of the strikers is a deliberate act of political intimidation aimed at the working class as a whole, which is broadly sympathetic to the strikers.

French government assassinates six of its own citizens in bombing raid in Syria

By Stéphane Hugues, 13 October 2015

The Socialist Party government claimed those targeted might in future carry out terrorist attacks in France.

French autoworkers support US workers’ rejection of Fiat-Chrysler contract

By our reporters, 8 October 2015

Autoworkers at the Peugeot-Citroën plant in the Paris suburb of Poissy expressed solidarity with Fiat Chrysler workers in the US and described the similar attacks they face in France.

French Interior Ministry blocks probe of Charlie Hebdo-Hyper Cacher attacks

By Anthony Torres, 8 October 2015

While exploiting the assault earlier this year to justify imposing police-state measures, the Socialist Party is trying to hide the French state’s own role in the attacks.

Workers revolt against mass layoffs at Air France

By Alex Lantier, 6 October 2015

Hundreds of workers invaded a meeting between Air France management and unions to plan mass layoffs, attacking company executives.

France launches bombing campaign in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 28 September 2015

This act of war not only intensifies the bloodshed in Syria and the misery of millions of Syrian refugees, it threatens to provoke a military conflict with Syria’s main backer, Russia.

French-backed deal reinstates transitional government after Burkina Faso coup

By Stéphane Hugues, 25 September 2015

A week after a putsch by supporters of deposed President Blaise Compaoré, a deal backed by France and Burkina Faso’s army has reinstated the transitional government.

France sells Mistral warships designed for Russia to Egyptian dictatorship

By Anthony Torres, 25 September 2015

After having canceled the Russian contract during the Ukrainian crisis, France is selling the two helicopter carriers to one of the world’s bloodiest dictatorships.

Mercedes-Daimler imposes unpaid work at French Smart car plant

By Antoine Lerougetel, 23 September 2015

The workers’ decision to accept unpaid working hours in exchange for supposed job security was a vote of no confidence in the unions.

French army launches large-scale recruitment drive

By Anthony Torres, 22 September 2015

The state is planning to mobilize the army not only for foreign wars, but also to repress social protests within France itself.

France to close borders, Germany to cut benefits as refugee crisis escalates

By Alex Lantier, 18 September 2015

The major European powers are intensifying their attacks on hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing from war-torn countries in Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans.

Stalinist mayor orders the dismantling of Roma camp near Paris

By Kumaran Ira, 9 September 2015

A French Communist Party mayor ordered riot police to evict Roma from a camp in La Courneuve, a northern suburb of Paris.

The French Republic as killing machine

The Killers of the Republic, by Vincent Nouzille

By Anthony Torres, 9 September 2015

Nouzille’s book lifts the veil on the history of French President François Hollande's “kill list” and the increasing resort to state murder.

NATO powers move to exploit refugee crisis to intensify bombing of Syria

By Alex Lantier, 7 September 2015

Washington and its European allies plan to exploit the refugee crisis to escalate their bloody war for regime change in Syria, which would create countless more refugees.

Summer schools of France’s Socialist and Left Parties prepare swing to the right

By Francis Dubois, 3 September 2015

The French Socialist Party and the Left Party of Jean-Luc Mélenchon are preparing alliances with right-wing forces explicitly hostile to socialism.

After failed Thalys attack, Europe prepares further security clampdown

By Francis Dubois, 31 August 2015

Attacks attributed to Islamist networks being mobilized by NATO in Syria are used to justify the escalating assault on democratic rights in Europe.

Business groups, French government prepare to eviscerate labor laws

By Francis Dubois, 28 August 2015

The statements of the Medef bosses’ group and the government are a signal for a new assault on the fundamental rights of workers in France.

German and French leaders meet in Berlin summit on refugee crisis

By Alex Lantier, 25 August 2015

Amidst the greatest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II, the French and German governments are planning a drastic clampdown on immigrants.

France’s neo-fascist National Front expels its founder Jean-Marie Le Pen

By Stéphane Hugues and Kumaran Ira, 25 August 2015

By expelling its founder over his fascistic remarks, the Front National is seeking to rebrand itself as a mainstream party that the bourgeoisie can rely upon to rule France.

Passengers foil shooting plot in Amsterdam-Paris train

By Kumaran Ira, 24 August 2015

Following the foiled shooting in a high-speed Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris, the EU is tightening security measures.

French presidency has “kill list” of people targeted for assassination

By Kumaran Ira, 19 August 2015

President Hollande reportedly reviews the French state’s murder programme with high-ranking military and intelligence officials.

Paris public meeting discusses world significance of Sri Lankan elections

By our reporters, 17 August 2015

International Committee of the Fourth International supporters held a well-attended meeting to discuss the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) election campaign.

Plane debris likely to be from missing flight MH370

By Will Morrow, 8 August 2015

French investigators suggest that the wing-part washed up on Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean probably belonged to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

France cancels Mistral helicopter-carrier sales to Russia

By Anthony Torres, 5 August 2015

The canceling of the warship sale to Russia represents a humiliating defeat for Paris and the French military-industrial complex.

French Foreign Minister Fabius visits Iran to boost ties after nuclear deal

By Kumaran Ira, 3 August 2015

After taking a bellicose stance against Tehran in recent years, Paris now sees the nuclear accord as an opportunity to boost its influence in Iran.

Airplane debris may be from missing flight MH370

By Will Morrow, 1 August 2015

If the wing-flap is found to belong to MH370, it would be the first piece of evidence that the plane crashed in the Indian Ocean.

UK government whips up anti-immigrant hysteria over Eurotunnel security at Calais

By Chris Marsden, 30 July 2015

The desperate efforts of migrants to enter Britain led to the death Tuesday night of a Sudanese man who was hit by a truck leaving a cross Channel ferry.

France’s Constitutional Council approves draconian surveillance law

By Kanda Gabriel, 29 July 2015

France’s Consitutional Council has rubber-stamped a controversial surveillance law that gives the intelligence service sweeping powers to spy on the entire population.

Syriza’s austerity policies expose the reactionary role of France’s NPA

By Alex Lantier and Anthony Torres, 29 July 2015

The NPA, having promoted Syriza as a great hope for the left, is politically responsible for the EU austerity measures Syriza is imposing against the Greek people.

France’s Lutte Ouvrière group covers for Syriza’s betrayal in Greece

By Stéphane Hugues, 25 July 2015

With the devastating character of Syriza’s betrayal of the Greek people exposed, LO is leaping to the defense of the Greek government.

French police arrest four youths, citing terror plot against military base

By Kanda Gabriel and Kumaran Ira, 24 July 2015

Paris used the foiled terror plot to promote the intelligence services, as the Constitutional Council is set to rule on a controversial surveillance law.

Police attacks on migrants intensify as Calais ferry strike enters fourth week

By Dorota Niemitz, 22 July 2015

The MyFerryLink strike is intensifying the migrant crisis in the nearby refugee camp, as well as escalating tensions between France and the UK.

After Berlin dictates EU bailout of Greece

French ruling elite debates how to deal with Germany

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 21 July 2015

While the French bourgeoisie supports harsh attacks on Greek workers, it is shocked by Berlin’s threat to unilaterally expel Greece from the euro zone.

France’s Left Party applauds Syriza’s imposition of EU austerity

By Kumaran Ira, 18 July 2015

Despite the capitulation of Greece’s Syriza-led government to the European Union’s austerity dictates, Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s Left Party is hailing Tsipras’ party as a model of resistance.

French president rejects bid to assist WikiLeaks founder

By Patrick Martin, 4 July 2015

President Hollande has rebuffed calls to grant asylum to Assange in the wake of revelations by Wikileaks of illegal NSA spying on several French leaders.

Dozens killed in terrorist attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait

By Alex Lantier, 27 June 2015

The attacks have raised concerns of a global offensive by Islamist terrorist groups that have emerged from US-led wars in Libya and Syria.

French riot police attack striking ferry seamen and migrants in Calais

By Alex Lantier, 25 June 2015

The social eruption in Calais has also fed growing tensions between the UK and France over the refugee crisis in the city.

French Socialist Party government presses Syriza to deepen austerity

By Kanda Gabriel, 23 June 2015

France’s Socialist Party government is pushing Syriza to accept the austerity measures proposed by the European Union.

Belgian and French authorities move to seize Russian assets

By Andrea Peters, 20 June 2015

Implementing a ruling handed down by the Hague, law enforcement officials are working to seize billions of dollars of Russian assets in Europe and around the world.

La loi du marché (The Measure of a Man): An attempt at a drama of the French working class

By Antoine Lerougetel, 20 June 2015

Fifty-one-year-old Thierry, who has lost his job in a factory closure, urgently tries to find work since his unemployment benefit will soon run out.

French neo-fascists committed street crimes to stoke insecurity and fear

By Kanda Gabriel, 17 June 2015

National Front members confessed to torching cars and falsely reporting crimes in order to fuel their party’s law and order campaign.

Mass layoffs in French nuclear energy industry threaten 6,000 jobs worldwide

By Anthony Torres, 10 June 2015

Electricité de France, which is acquiring nuclear energy firm Areva and threatening mass layoffs, is sitting on cash reserves of tens of billions of euros.

Socialist Party promotes Hollande in run-up to 2017 French presidential election

By Francis Dubois, 9 June 2015

The PS, France’s ruling party, is signaling to the ruling class that it is best placed to contain opposition from the working class.

France’s UMP changes name to “The Republicans” in run-up to 2017 elections

By Stéphane Hugues, 5 June 2015

The name change was made in response to the rising influence of the neo-fascist National Front, amid a broad shift to the right by the entire ruling elite.

French Prime Minister Valls imposes unpopular school reforms by decree

By Kanda Gabriel, 29 May 2015

The imposition of the reform by decree underscores official contempt for the working class, public opinion and the struggle for high quality education.

France claims killing of Al Qaeda leaders in Northern Mali

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.

France boosts military spending, recruits more youth into the army

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.

Online video exposes French police violence against migrants in Calais

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.

French Rafale fighter sales stoke arms race in Middle East, Asia

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.”

French NPA seeks to strangle opposition to draconian surveillance law

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.

Police, far right linked to attack on kosher grocery during Charlie Hebdo shooting

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.

French National Assembly passes draconian electronic surveillance law

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.

French soldiers sexually abused children in Central African Republic

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.

France to spend billions on military rearmament program

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.

Muslim girl expelled from French high school for wearing long skirt

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.

Surveillance law lays basis for political police in France

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.