The Paris Terror Attacks

Lafarge affair exposes French ruling elite’s funding of Islamic State terrorists

By Francis Dubois and Alex Lantier, 20 December 2017

From 2011 to 2015, a multi-billion-dollar firm leading the CAC-40 French stock exchange funded a terror militia that carried out attacks across Europe and in France.

Chief of French anti-narcotics police indicted on drug-trafficking charges

By Francis Dubois, 29 August 2017

The indictment of François Thierry points to deep corruption of top officials in the police, who have essentially unchecked powers under the French state of emergency.

Official account of London terror attack unravels

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 5 June 2017

Within 24 hours of Saturday’s terror attack at London Bridge, the official narrative presented by British Prime Minister Theresa May has begun to fall apart.

UK security services knew of Manchester suicide bomber’s ISIS connections

By Robert Stevens, 5 June 2017

Salman Abedi was in contact with a Libyan Islamic State (IS) battalion whose members were involved in planning the 2015 Bataclan nightclub attack.

What did the UK government know?

British intelligence received warnings that Manchester bomber was plotting attacks

By Laura Tiernan, 29 May 2017

The suicide bomber was allowed to move around the globe without hindrance, despite British intelligence receiving information that he was planning to assassinate a political figure.

Informant Claude Hermant implicates French state in Charlie Hebdo attacks

By Anthony Torres, 22 May 2017

The case shatters the official narrative that terror attacks in France, Belgium and Germany since 2015 have been the work of isolated Islamists.

President Hollande gives French army, intelligence “green light to kill”

By Kumaran Ira, 11 January 2017

According to recent investigative reports, the Socialist Party has massively stepped up the French state’s extrajudicial murder program, assassinating at least 40 people.

The Munich shooting spree and the Americanization of German society

By Christoph Vandreier and Peter Schwarz, 25 July 2016

The massive police operation in Munich, as well as the reaction of many media outlets and politicians, showsthat the tragic event is being used to justify a new law-and-order campaign.

Massive police operation follows deadly attack on Munich shopping centre

By our reporters, 23 July 2016

German security forces conducted a huge anti-terror operation in the city of Munich, where, according to the latest reports, 10 people were shot dead and at least 21 injured.

Dozens murdered in possible terrorist attack in Nice, France

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 July 2016

French President Francois Hollande invoked the horrific attack to justify expansion of the “state of emergency” for another three months.

French parliamentary report on terror attacks calls for new police powers

By Alex Lantier, 8 July 2016

The report, which evades the role of the imperialist war in Syria in creating the Islamist networks that carried out the attacks, is awash with contradictions and evasions.

Belgian authorities mount large-scale anti-terror raid

By Kumaran Ira, 20 June 2016

Three suspects were charged with preparing terror attacks on gatherings of football fans after police raided over 100 locations across Belgium.

ISIS-linked operative murders police commander and his wife near Paris

By Alex Lantier, 15 June 2016

As in the Charlie Hebdo and November 13 shootings in Paris last year, and the March 22 Brussels attack, the alleged murderer was well-known to the intelligence services.

US and NATO leaders say EgyptAir Flight 804 was bombed, vow military response

By Thomas Gaist, 20 May 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton demanded an escalation of the war in Iraq and Syria in response to the destruction of the Cairo-bound jetliner.

Paris meeting addresses war danger in Asia, bankruptcy of Tamil nationalism

By Kumaran Ira, 16 May 2016

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) assistant secretary Deepal Jayasekera explained the necessity for an internationally-unified socialist movement to stop war.

Belgian state report points to links between police services, Brussels attacks

By Anthony Torres, 4 May 2016

The growth of Islamist networks in Europe, mobilized by NATO in its war in Syria, was the basic precondition for the terror attacks in Paris and Brussels.

Belgian police arrest six suspects in March 22 Brussels attacks

By Anthony Torres, 19 April 2016

Mohamed Abrini’s accomplices were all known to intelligence services, as were their aliases and their movements, but they were not arrested.

French police attack demonstrators protesting anti-worker labor law reform

By Alex Lantier and Stéphane Hugues, 11 April 2016

The decision of the trade unions and their political allies not to call workers on strike alongside protesting students left the PS government free to assault the demonstrators.

Hundreds arrested as French police assault student protests against labour reform

By Alex Lantier and Senthooran Ravee, 6 April 2016

Police are trying to intimidate youth in the run-up to the next major protest by workers and students, on April 9, amid rising anger with austerity and the state of emergency.

Youth and workers in Marseille speak out against austerity

By Anthony Torres, 6 April 2016

WSWS reporters in Marseille discussed with youth and workers who mobilised yesterday against the El Khomri law.

The working class in France mobilizes against austerity

By Alex Lantier, 4 April 2016

The attempt to promote hysteria over terrorism to suppress popular opposition is failing in the face of a growing radicalization of workers and youth.

Intelligence accounts raise more questions on origins of Brussels, Paris attacks

By Alex Lantier, 30 March 2016

As NATO powers tried to discredit accusations that they relied on terrorists in their war in Syria, they downplayed signs that ISIS was developing a terror network in Europe.

Officials stoke anti-Muslim hatred following Brussels attack

By Stéphane Hugues, 29 March 2016

Officials are inciting anti-Muslim racism to cover up the role of the state in creating Islamist terror networks in the war for regime change in Syria.

The US-NATO war in Syria and the Brussels terror attacks

By Alex Lantier, 28 March 2016

Islamist networks built up by the US and its European allies to provide fighters for their regime-change operation in Syria are bringing the war back to Europe, with horrific consequences.

The Belgium bombing: Why the dots are not connected

By Alex Lantier and Andre Damon, 25 March 2016

The extent of state intelligence foreknowledge in the Brussels attack explodes the official narrative that intelligence agencies failed to “connect the dots.”

Belgian authorities had “precise intelligence warnings” of Brussels bombings

By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 24 March 2016

Claims that the attacks in Brussels that killed 34 people occurred because Belgian and allied intelligence agencies somehow failed to “connect the dots” are not credible.

After Brussels attack, EU officials plan vast escalation of police spying

By Alex Lantier, 24 March 2016

Ignoring questions as to how known terrorists were allowed to plan and execute an attack while Brussels was on high alert, EU officials are launching new attacks on democratic rights.

The terror bombings in Brussels

By Alex Lantier, 23 March 2016

This horrific attack targeted innocent people in no way responsible for the imperialist wars that have devastated the Middle East.

Paris terror attack suspect Salah Abdeslam arrested in Brussels

By Alex Lantier, 21 March 2016

Astonishingly, Europe’s most wanted man, on the run from police for four months, was hiding near his parents’ apartment in the heavily-watched Molenbeek district.

French Socialist Party whips up law-and-order hysteria after Abdeslam arrest

By Kumaran Ira, 21 March 2016

As it cultivates Islamist forces in a war for regime change in Syria, France is citing the danger of terror attacks as a pretext to escalate attacks on democratic rights.

Workers, students march against French labor law reform

By Alex Lantier, 14 March 2016

The brutal police crackdown in Lyon underscores that, under cover of the state of emergency, the Socialist Party aims to illegalize constitutionally protected protests.

Striking cashiers and dockers interrogated under French state of emergency

By Anthony Torres, 10 March 2016

The unprecedented attack on the right to strike is yet another warning of the anti-working class character of the state of emergency imposed by the Socialist Party.

Human Rights Watch report exposes French state of emergency

By Stéphane Hugues, 9 February 2016

The report points to systematic, arbitrary denials of basic democratic rights by police and the targeting of people of Muslim descent.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

The US terror scare

By Patrick Martin, 21 December 2015

The US ruling elite is whipping up an atmosphere of panic after the killings in San Bernardino, laying the ground for a further military escalation in the Middle East and North Africa.

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.

Spain: Podemos seeks to demobilise popular opposition to war

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 12 December 2015

The “Not in Our Name” manifesto signed by leading members of Podemos omits any mention of the imperialist foreign policy of the current Popular Party government and the war-mongering of the Socialist Party.

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.

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.

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.

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.

After Paris attacks, Brussels placed on lockdown

By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 23 November 2015

Heavily armed police units launched large-scale manhunts across the Brussels area, but announced late last night that they had not found suspects, weapons or explosives.

Australian workers and youth denounce war drive after Paris attacks

By our reporters, 23 November 2015

Workers and young people spoke out against the use of the Paris terror attacks to escalate the drive to war and the assault on democratic rights.

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.

Paris terrorists operated “in plain sight”

By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2015

At least six of the nine men involved in the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris were known to the French and Belgian security services.

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.

US politicians seize on Paris attacks to promote xenophobia

By Andre Damon, 19 November 2015

Republican presidential candidates and elected officials have called for the closure of mosques, a religious check on refugees and even the use of concentration camps to hold migrants.

Israel: Netanyahu capitalises on Paris bombings

By Jean Shaoul, 19 November 2015

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is using the terrorist attacks in Paris to ramp up tensions in pursuit of Israel’s geostrategic interests.

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.

US officials seize on Paris attacks to press for “back door” to encryption

By Joseph Kishore, 18 November 2015

Intelligence officials have long complained that encryption has undercut their illegal efforts to monitor all communications, allowing individuals to “go dark” and avoid surveillance.

UK government outlines plans for expanding militarism and repression after Paris attacks

By Julie Hyland, 18 November 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron announced a further £2 billion for the current military budget, including a doubling of the UK fleet of military drones to 20.

Australian establishment seizes on Paris attacks to justify war and police state measures

By James Cogan, 18 November 2015

Every effort is being made to silence any criticism of the wars, attacks on democratic rights and worsening social conditions that have fuelled Islamist extremism.

The media and the Paris terror attacks

By Barry Grey, 18 November 2015

It is virtually impossible to find in the saturation media coverage of the Paris events any questioning of the legitimacy of the policies of the imperialist governments.

German media lurches further to the right after Paris attacks

By Peter Schwarz, 18 November 2015

Even traditionally “liberal” German media outlets are spouting the type of war and law-and-order rhetoric previously associated with American neoconservatives.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bernie Sanders lines up with Middle East war drive

By Patrick Martin, 16 November 2015

The Democratic presidential debate Saturday night began with all three candidates pledging support to imperialist military intervention in the Middle East in the name of fighting ISIS.

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.