France

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.

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.