France

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.

French President Hollande promotes the neo-fascist National Front

By Stéphane Hugues, 25 April 2015

Hollande’s comments comparing the FN to the Communist Party are a reactionary attempt to give the neo-fascists a “left” populist cover.

French police arrest student on charges of plotting Paris terror attack

By Kumaran Ira, 24 April 2015

The Socialist Party government is seizing on the recent terror plot in the French capital to legitimise anti-terror and spying measures.

French, Tunisian presidents use terror attacks to cement military ties

By Antoine Lerougetel, 23 April 2015

Holland and Essebsi are using the horror provoked by Islamist terror attacks to justify a massive development of police-state and military powers.

Unions move to end month-long Radio France strike

By Stéphane Hugues, 16 April 2015

The unions are seeking to strangle a strike that challenges French President François Hollande’s austerity policies and threatens to ignite broader social anger in the working class.

French officials debunk NATO warnings of Russian invasion of Ukraine

By Stéphane Hugues, 14 April 2015

Like the Iraq war launched by the Bush administration in 2003, the NATO drive to rearm Europe and prepare for war against Russia is based on lies.

After Le Pen’s pro-Nazi outburst, French media try to normalize neo-fascists

By Francis Dubois, 13 April 2015

Layers of the ruling class who want to promote the National Front are pressing the party to verbally distance itself from Jean-Marie Le Pen’s pro-Nazi sympathies.

French oil giant Total uses Chinese funds to finance Russian oil project

By Athiyan Silva, 11 April 2015

As the imperialist powers in North America and Europe seek to divide up markets in Russia and Asia, inter-imperialist tensions are coming to the fore.

Amidst widespread strikes, limited turnout at French union demonstrations

By Stéphane Hugues, 10 April 2015

Despite overwhelming opposition to Socialist Party (PS) austerity, workers sense that PS-allied unions offer no way forward in a struggle against austerity.

Industrial action mounts in France against Socialist Party’s austerity drive

By Pierre Mabut, 9 April 2015

In seeking to resist reactionary policies in France and across Europe, the working class faces a political struggle against the Socialist Party and the European Union.

French bosses’ call to end permanent job contracts, facilitate mass layoffs

By Kumaran Ira, 7 April 2015

The French business group Medef is calling for the creation of a new type of job contract in order to facilitate individual and mass sackings of workers.

French press expresses concerns over German re-militarization

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 6 April 2015

The policy of rearmament across Europe is sharpening deeply rooted tensions between Germany and France.

Germany and France stage joint military build-up

By Peter Schwarz, 3 April 2015

Berlin and Paris are planning to jointly build a combat drone and work together more closely on satellite reconnaissance.

France prepares to boost military spending

By Kumaran Ira, 2 April 2015

French imperialism is pouring billions into its military presence at home and abroad.

New defeat for Socialist Party in second round of French local elections

By Alex Lantier, 30 March 2015

The right-wing Union for a Popular Movement swept up to 70 of France’s 101 departments, as voters punished the Socialist Party for its attacks on jobs and wages.

German Airbus crash in southern France kills 150

By Stefan Steinberg, 25 March 2015

The plane, which belonged to a subsidiary of Lufthansa, had recently been grounded due to technical problems.

New defeat for Socialist Party as neo-fascists rise in French local elections

By Antoine Lerougetel, 24 March 2015

The outcome of the first round of France’s departmental elections on Sunday is a stinging rebuke to the Socialist Party government and its policies of austerity and war.

Loss for Socialist Party expected in French local elections

By Antoine Lerougetel, 17 March 2015

The neo-fascist National Front of Marine Le Pen is expected to make significant advances in the upcoming departmental elections.

Amid US talks with Iran, France debates rapprochement with Syria’s Assad

By Antoine Lerougetel, 9 March 2015

The debate over how to proceed in imperialist circles testifies to the disaster unleashed in the Middle East by the NATO proxy wars against Libya and Syria.

French Socialist Party government announces new round of free-market reforms

By Kumaran Ira, 4 March 2015

After pushing through the Macron Law on deregulation, the PS government is preparing a further round of sweeping austerity measures and structural reforms.

Anti-Muslim actions rise sharply in France after Charlie Hebdo shooting

By Anthony Torres, 28 February 2015

As the officially sanctioned hysteria against Muslims grows, police are even investigating comments made by young children.

French government survives confidence vote over austerity law

By Antoine Lerougetel, 20 February 2015

The posturing by so-called “rebel” factions of the ruling Socialist Party and its political allies against austerity stands exposed as a reactionary fraud.

French government forces through austerity measures without vote in parliament

By Alex Lantier, 18 February 2015

Using the anti-democratic provision 49-3 of the French Constitution, the government pushed through its reactionary law.

Northern Marseille on lock-down after shots fired at police

By Kanda Gabriel, 10 February 2015

Police vehicles reportedly came under rifle fire before French Prime Minister Manuel Valls arrived for a press conference in the city.

Meeting in Moscow fails to produce agreement as US plots escalation in Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 7 February 2015

The meeting between Merkel, Hollande and Putin took place amidst threats by the US to directly arm the regime in Kiev that was installed in a right-wing coup one year ago.

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen addresses Oxford Union

By Chris Marsden, 7 February 2015

The invitation of the neo-fascist leader is of a piece with both contemporary political requirements within ruling circles and the recent political pedigree of the Oxford Union.

European leaders turn against Syriza’s appeals to alter Greek debt payments

By Alex Lantier, 5 February 2015

As Syriza leaders reiterate their willingness to accommodate the demands of European governments, the banks are pressing for intensified attacks on the working class in Greece.

After Charlie Hebdo attack, France announces draconian anti-terror law

By Alex Lantier, 22 January 2015

Governments throughout Europe are exploiting the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks to dramatically expand the machinery of police-state rule.

The legitimization of Marine Le Pen

By Joseph Kishore and Alex Lantier, 20 January 2015

By opening its pages to Le Pen, the New York Times has signaled that powerful sections of the ruling class view anti-Muslim racism as a legitimate part of the public debate.

Top French policeman investigating Charlie Hebdo shooting found dead

By Stéphane Hugues, 17 January 2015

A high-ranking police officer was shot dead the night after the Charlie Hebdo shootings in what police said was a suicide.

Charlie Hebdo and the specter of Vichy: From Laval to Hollande

By Joseph Kishore and Alex Lantier, 16 January 2015

The events of the past week in France have a troubling historical resonance with an earlier period of French history, when the French ruling class collaborated directly with the Nazi regime in Germany.

French government carries out mass arrests

By Ulrich Rippert, 15 January 2015

The terror attack on Charlie Hebdo is being exploited to prepare an escalation of France’s military intervention in the Middle East.

A Potemkin gathering of world leaders in Paris

By Bill Van Auken, 14 January 2015

A photograph reveals that the “world leaders” who supposedly led Sunday’s march were in reality assembled merely for a staged photo-op.

France deploys 10,000 troops in wake of Charlie Hebdo attack

By Chris Marsden, 13 January 2015

President François Hollande ordered the massive deployment of troops across France at a crisis meeting with top military, police and defence officials Monday.

Millions march in France after Charlie Hebdo shooting

By Alex Lantier, 12 January 2015

The French government and the European Union are seeking to exploit shock over the attacks on Charlie Hebdo to shift the entire framework of bourgeois politics sharply to the right.

French paramilitary police gun down three Islamist gunmen

By Patrick Martin, 10 January 2015

A two-day manhunt sparked by the massacre of 12 people at the editorial offices of the weekly Charlie Hebdo ended in twin shootouts in which another seven people died.

Le Pen at the Elysée Presidential Palace

By Alex Lantier, 10 January 2015

French President Hollande’s invitation to the neo-fascist leader is a warning that the ruling class intends to exploit the reactionary attack on Charlie Hebdo to legitimize fascist parties and prepare for dictatorship.

French Muslims targeted by revenge attacks after Charlie Hebdo shootings

By Anthony Torres, 10 January 2015

Islamophobic acts in multiple French cities targeted mosques, businesses and individuals.

Australian government exploits Paris attacks

By Mike Head, 10 January 2015

While claiming to defend free speech, the prime minister sought to justify measures that abrogate fundamental democratic rights, along with stepped-up involvement in the Middle East war.

Massive police mobilization in France

By Patrick Martin, 9 January 2015

In the wake of the massacre at the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, nearly 90,000 police, troops and civil servants have been mobilized to search for the two gunmen who escaped from the scene.

“Free Speech” hypocrisy in the aftermath of the attack on Charlie Hebdo

By David North, 9 January 2015

In the aftermath of the shootings in Paris, the state is utilizing the opportunity provided by the terrorists to whip up support for authoritarianism and militarism.

Gunmen were “probably followed” by French police before Paris massacre

By Patrick Martin, 9 January 2015

Several US media outlets reported that both Cherif and Said Kouachi had been placed on the American no-fly list many years ago.

Twelve dead in terrorist shooting at Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo

By Alex Lantier and Bill Van Auken, 8 January 2015

Whoever was behind this massacre, it plays into the hands of the most reactionary forces seeking war abroad and police-state measures at home.

Two dead, dozens injured in three separate attacks in France

By Kanda Gabriel and Kumaran Ira, 31 December 2014

The three attacks prior to Christmas have been used to stoke fears of Islamist attacks in retaliation for French involvement in wars in the Middle East and Africa.

French pseudo-left seeks to block opposition to Socialist Party’s austerity agenda

By Kumaran Ira, 29 December 2014

The New Anti-capitalist Party and the Left Party are insisting that all opposition be controlled by France’s union bureaucracy.

Air France pilots union signs concessions contract for low-cost subsidiary

By Anthony Torres, 24 December 2014

The move is the inevitable consequence of the union's betrayal of the September strike against plans to create a low-cost Transavia-Europe airline.

France’s Socialist Party pushes free-market deregulation with Macron Law

By Kumaran Ira, 17 December 2014

In the name of boosting “growth and economic activity”, the bill aims to impoverish the working class and sections of the petty-bourgeoisie in the interests of financial capital.

France: Neo-fascists defeat ruling Socialist Party in legislative elections

By Stéphane Hugues, 15 December 2014

The National Front has inflicted another humiliating defeat upon the PS, the government, and President François Hollande.

French neo-fascist National Front defends CIA torture

By Alex Lantier, 13 December 2014

The neo-fascists decided to overlook their anti-American rhetoric and leap to the defense of CIA torturers.

At Lyon congress, French National Front prepares itself as party of capitalist rule

By Francis Dubois, 11 December 2014

The National Front's advance can be explained, above all, by the naked bankruptcy of the Socialist Party and its pseudo-left allies, such as the NPA.

Egyptian dictator al-Sisi signs military, economic deals in Paris

By Kumaran Ira, 3 December 2014

The Socialist Party government warmly welcomed Egyptian military dictator al-Sisi.

France balks on delivery of Mistral helicopter-carrier to Russia

By Francis Dubois, 29 November 2014

Tensions between Paris and Moscow surged as François Hollande's Socialist Party government blocked delivery of the first of two warships for the Russian navy.

French automaker Peugeot-Citroën plans new mass layoffs

By Stéphane Hugues, 29 November 2014

The Peugeot-Citroën group has laid out plans for a new wave of mass sackings accompanied, as in previous years, by public denials that these are being prepared.

Franco-German reform plan calls for deep social cuts, wage freeze in France

By Kumaran Ira, 26 November 2014

France and Germany are proposing a joint economic reform plan with deep social cuts and flexible labour rules in favour of big business.

French Socialist Party covered up its role in police murder of Rémi Fraisse

By Kumaran Ira, 14 November 2014

Court documents show the PS knew police had killed ecological protester Rémi Fraisse but covered it up to hide the PS’s role in pressing for a crackdown.

Neo-fascist National Front calls for rearming of French imperialism

By Francis Dubois, 13 November 2014

On November 11, FN leader Marine Le Pen called for France to rearm, introduce universal military service and develop a policy independent of NATO and the European Union.

French students protest police murder of Rémi Fraisse

By Francis Dubois, 12 November 2014

Thousands of school pupils demonstrated in several cities and blockaded dozens of high schools across France.

French Senate votes law facilitating impeachment of the president

By Kumaran Ira and Olivier Laurent, 10 November 2014

Hollande is the most unpopular president since the creation of the Fifth Republic in 1958.

French President Hollande’s mid-term TV appearance: No shift in right-wing policies

By Alex Lantier, 7 November 2014

Billed as a last-ditch attempt to halt the collapse of Hollande’s Socialist Party, the TV appearance made clear Hollande intends to make no change in his reactionary policies.

France’s Socialist Party cracks down on protests against police murder of Rémi Fraisse

By Alex Lantier, 4 November 2014

Utterly discredited and unpopular, the Socialist Party is seeking to crush protests through bans on street demonstrations, police crackdowns and mass arrests.

France, Italy vow more social cuts as EU approves their 2015 budgets

By Anthony Torres, 3 November 2014

In the negotiations, the French and Italian governments agreed to impose deep attacks on the social rights of the working class.

Woman wearing a niqab forced to leave Paris Opera

By Antoine Lerougetel, 31 October 2014

This anti-democratic and discriminatory action is the product of constant anti-Muslim agitation by the French political establishment.

Anti-terror law passed by the French Senate attacks democratic rights

By Anthony Torres, 28 October 2014

The bill is an attack on freedom of movement as defined by international law and vastly expands the state’s ability to censor political speech.

France, Germany hold talks on EU approval of France’s 2015 budget

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 21 October 2014

Paris and Berlin are working on a behind-the-scenes deal for intensified, long-term austerity measures against the working class.

French President Hollande moves to end universality of family benefits

By Stéphane Hugues, 18 October 2014

Benefits paid to all families with children in France since the end of World War II are being slashed by Hollande's Socialist Party government.

From pseudo-left to New Right: The trajectory of France’s Jean-Luc Mélenchon

By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 18 October 2014

Terrified by the global capitalist crisis, Mélenchon is denouncing socialism and building ties with the periphery of the neo-fascist National Front.

European Union threatens to veto France’s 2015 budget

By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 14 October 2014

The French ruling class is considering even more ferocious austerity measures in response to the demands of the banks and the European Commission.

CGT union convicted of embezzling funds of France’s biggest works committee

By Pierre Mabut, 7 October 2014

The details of the case underscore how the French Communist Party and corrupt union bureaucracies long ago lost any base in the working class.

New Anti-capitalist Party, Lutte Ouvrière hail union sellout of Air France strike

By Alex Lantier, 6 October 2014

The French pseudo-left hails the betrayal of the pilots not only to defend the unions, but as part of its support for the austerity agenda of the Socialist Party government and the European Union.

French neo-fascists win two Senate seats amid government defeat

By Antoine Lerougetel, 4 October 2014

The Senate elections on September 28 were yet another humiliating defeat for France’s ruling Socialist Party.

French government prepares to slash family, health benefits

By Stéphane Hugues, 2 October 2014

The cuts now being implemented will hit broad sections of the working class and the middle classes.

Pseudo-left New Anti-capitalist Party backs France’s “war on terror” agenda

By Francis Dubois, 2 October 2014

The NPA’s response to the French government’s anti-terror law amounts to a defense of both imperialist war in the Middle East and police repression at home.

Le Monde promotes French government war propaganda on Iraq

By Kumaran Ira, 30 September 2014

The French daily Le Monde justifies the escalating imperialist war in the Middle East by echoing Paris’s claims that it is fighting a war against “terrorism.”