France

French unions open for business with new pro-austerity government

By Pierre Mabut, 2 September 2014

The trade union bureaucracy opposes strike action to challenge the deeply unpopular Valls government, lest it fall.

The collapse of the French government: A crisis of capitalist rule in Europe

By Alex Lantier, 29 August 2014

The entire framework of official “left” politics in France and across Europe is collapsing.

French government moves to prosecute NPA organiser of Gaza protests

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.

France admits it directly supplied arms to Syrian “rebels”

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.

US backs new French offensive in Mali

By Jill Lux, 27 August 2014

After last year’s military campaign in northern Mali, Paris is launching expanded military operations in West Africa.

French government collapses amid mounting anger over austerity policies

By Alex Lantier, 26 August 2014

President Hollande dissolved the government Monday, firing leading ministers who had publicly attacked his deeply unpopular austerity policies.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon quits leadership of France’s Left Party

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.

French government staggered by mounting economic crisis

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.

France backs renewed US war in Iraq

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.

Protests in France against Israeli war on Gaza

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.

Protests spread across Europe against Israeli war on Gaza

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.

New anti-Gaza war marches held in Paris and across France

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.

French Socialist Party government attacks anti-Gaza 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.

French unions attend government’s anti-worker “social conference”

By Pierre Mabut, 16 July 2014

The French Socialist Party government held its third “social conference” of employers and unions on July 7.

French anti-terrorism law tramples fundamental democratic rights

By Kumaran Ira, 15 July 2014

The bill gives the state draconian powers for monitoring the Internet, including web sites, mail servers and clouds.

French police round up refugees in Calais

By Antoine Lerougetel, 10 July 2014

On 2 July, 200 CRS riot police rounded up some 600 refugees in Calais.

French National Front threatens to burn an “ovenload” of its critics

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.

BNP Paribas fine highlights France-US tensions over Ukraine

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.

French asbestos scandal: Indictment of Socialist Party’s Martine Aubry quashed

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.

Ex-French President Nicolas Sarkozy denies influence peddling charges

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.

Anti-Muslim hysteria surrounds World Cup in France

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.

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy arrested in corruption case

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.

Unions, pseudo-lefts strangle strike against French rail privatisation

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.

ISIS offensive in Iraq exposes French pseudo-left’s support for Syria war

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.

Roma boy attacked by lynch mob in northern Paris

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.

Workers speak out against privatization of French railways

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.

Socialist Party government ignores mass protest to attack French culture workers’ jobless benefits

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.

French president backs generals’ revolt against cuts to military budget

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.

French rail workers, artists protest social cuts

By Kumaran Ira, 16 June 2014

Nationwide strikes involving rail and cultural workers reflect rising social opposition to the Socialist Party government.

Police attack immigrant camp in Calais, France

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.

French neo-fascist victory in European elections exposes bankruptcy of ruling elite

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.

The European elections in France

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.

French President Hollande visits Caucasus amid Ukranian crisis

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.

Amid diplomatic offensive against Syria, France presses for war

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.

French government set to impose wage cuts demanded by the banks

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.

ICFI meeting in Paris on May 11 for the European elections

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8 May 2014

French Left Front makes hypocritical criticisms of Hollande's policy in Ukraine crisis

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.

French unions use May Day marches to cover for Hollande government

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.

Pointing to rise of neo-fascists, banks demand austerity in France

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.

France’s incoming government launches historic attack on 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.

French intelligence collects all data of France Telecom/Orange

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.

Tens of thousands in France, Italy protest austerity measures

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.

Incoming French Prime Minister Valls pledges austerity, appeals to far right

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.

French pseudo-left falls in line with Valls’ attacks on the working class

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.

France’s new government: A political turning point for Europe

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.

French government vows deep attacks on the working class

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.

Chinese President Xi Jinping visits France

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.

France’s New Anti-capitalist Party backs fascist-led putsch in Ukraine

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.

Defeat in French municipal elections staggers ruling Socialist Party

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.

French elections: Rising neo-fascist vote exposes bankruptcy of pseudo-left NPA

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.

What accounts for the electoral victories of France’s neo-fascist National Front?

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.

March 18 protest against social cuts in France: A political dead end

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.

Scandals grow in wiretapping of ex-French President Sarkozy

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.

French unions sign Socialist Party’s “Responsibility Pact”

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.

French government applauds coup in Ukraine

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.

Gautier-Sauvagnac affair reveals employer payoffs to French unions

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.

French unions, pseudo-left seek to block opposition to Hollande’s cuts

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.

Hollande’s state visit to Washington: France embraces global neo-colonialist war

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.

French automaker PSA plans to slash jobs at Poissy, shift production to Asia

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.

Workers ignore token union protest against French Socialist Party’s cuts

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.

Large neo-fascist vote expected in French municipal elections

By Anthony Torres, 10 February 2014

The media is predicting a significant far-right vote against the ruling Socialist Party and its austerity policies.

US threatens French companies with sanctions over Iran

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.

Appeal by family of Roma schoolgirl to return to France rejected

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.

Far-right demonstration in Paris calls for resignation of President Hollande

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.

France: Goodyear workers’ fight for jobs threatened by union sellout

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.

French presidential address: A call for austerity and militarism

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.

France, Japan form alliance targeting Chinese influence in Africa

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.

The NPA’s support for France’s wars in Africa

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.

French Socialist Party runs Florange steelworks union leader in European elections

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.

French president’s New Year message: an agenda for militarism and class war

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.

French troops intervene in Central African Republic, seize Bangui

By Kumaran Ira, 9 December 2013

With 1,600 French troops deploying to the CAR, French forces seized the capital, Bangui, over the weekend.

French Left Front’s “Fiscal Revolution” aims to block anti-austerity movement

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.

France steps up military intervention into Central African Republic

By Kumaran Ira, 6 December 2013

Yesterday evening, French President François Hollande announced an “immediate” military intervention in the Central African Republic.

French petty-bourgeois “left” silent on NSA spying scandal

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.

In Israel, French President Hollande takes bellicose stance against Iran

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.

French authorities arrest suspected gunman in shooting at Libération newspaper offices

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 .

Far-right parties forge alliance for the European elections

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.

Manhunt in Paris after gunman wounds photographer at Libération offices

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.

France seizes on murder of RFI journalists to intensify Mali war

By Kumaran Ira, 11 November 2013

Two correspondents for Radio France Internationale were abducted and murdered in war-torn northern Mali on November 2.

Upsurge of strikes and popular anger in France at mass sackings, tax hikes

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.

Breton food processing workers, businesses protest French eco-tax

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.

French unions downplay revelations they are financed by employers groups

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.

Political lessons of the Leonarda affair

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.

France to intensify military intervention in Central African Republic

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.

Mass student protests in France against deportation of Roma schoolgirl

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.

French unions secretly financed by millions of euros from business groups

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.

French neo-fascists win Brignoles local by-election

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.

French austerity budget raises taxes on workers

By Olivier Laurent, 10 October 2013

The French austerity budget slashes social spending and increases taxes for workers while companies get tax breaks.

Air France to lay off 2,800 workers

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.

Public meeting in Paris marks the 15th Anniversary of the WSWS

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.

Socialist Party officials call for drone patrols inside France

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.

French Gaullist UMP party moves closer to neo-fascist National Front

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.

French secularism charter attacks Muslims, democratic rights

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.

Russia-France talks on Syria end in clash over chemical warfare claims

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.

US, UK and France stress threat of force 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.

Paris workers speak out against Syrian war, social austerity

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.

France to await US Congress vote, UN report before attacking Syria

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.

French parliament debates war against Syria

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.