By Alex Lantier, 22 April 2017
As tens of millions of voters prepare to go to the polls Sunday, an intervention by elements in the French state machine is underway to swing the elections to the right.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 21 April 2017
The day before Thursday's attack, French authorities said they planned to put 50,000 troops in the streets on Election Day, effectively holding the election at gunpoint.
By Alex Lantier, 21 April 2017
On Wednesday night, the New Anti-capitalist Party held the final campaign meeting of its presidential candidate, Philippe Poutou, in the north suburbs of Paris.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 20 April 2017
After the arrest of two suspected Islamic State sympathizers, authorities plan to deploy 50,000 soldiers and policemen on Sunday for the first round of presidential elections.
No to war and nationalism! Build the PES!
19 April 2017
Growing demands for peace and an end to austerity herald decisive class struggles, for which the working class urgently needs a new revolutionary leadership.
By Stéphane Hugues, 14 April 2017
French officials are seizing on the fire to justify rapidly shutting down a camp they have publicly been calling to dismantle for months.
By Alex Lantier, 11 April 2017
Mélenchon is seeking to speak to a growing left-wing and anti-war sentiment in the French population, but he will only disappoint the hopes he is awakening.
By Alex Lantier, 11 April 2017
The NPA is defending the war, shamelessly denouncing any opposition to the reckless US military escalation as support for mass murder by the Syrian regime.
By Anthony Torres, 8 April 2017
The French “left” daily published front-page pictures of gassed Syrian children in an odious attempt to stampede public opinion into accepting an imperialist intervention in Syria.
By Alex Lantier, 6 April 2017
The fractious debate between all 11 French presidential candidates reflected the fear of growing social opposition by the French ruling class.
By Alex Lantier, 5 April 2017
The WSWS evaluation of Mélenchon as a pro-war, nationalist politician whose call for restoring the draft underscores the growing danger of war is correct.
By Alex Lantier, 4 April 2017
French intelligence has launched a reactionary media campaign, insinuating that protesters are agents of Beijing or of the Chinese mafia.
By Kumaran Ira, 3 April 2017
Mélenchon, an ally of Greece’s Syriza government, is carrying out a campaign to support policies of war and police-state rule.
By Alex Lantier, 29 March 2017
According to Liu’s family, police battered down the door of his apartment and immediately shot him in cold blood.
By Alex Lantier, 27 March 2017
The European Union is responding to Britain’s exit by seeking to convert itself into an aggressive military bloc rivaling the United States.
By Alex Lantier, 22 March 2017
On Monday night, 9.8 million people watched a three-hour television debate between the five leading candidates in the French presidential elections.
By Alex Lantier, 21 March 2017
Macron’s statement is a warning for the population of France and the world of the advanced state of planning for wider wars.
By our reporters, 20 March 2017
Social tensions are rising in the run-up to the April-May elections, amid a relentlessly right-wing, law-and-order atmosphere whipped up by all factions of the ruling elite.
By Alex Lantier and Stéphane Hugues, 10 March 2017
Growing sections of Fillon’s own Les Républicains party fear that the candidate will be unable to defeat neo-fascist Marine Le Pen in this year’s presidential election.
By Anthony Torres, 10 March 2017
Amidst growing opposition among workers, the trade unions are calling strikes against contracts that the unions themselves have already signed.
By Alex Lantier, 7 March 2017
The danger of an FN victory in the French elections is the product of the reactionary social and war policy pursued by the EU, and by Hollande in France.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 7 March 2017
Extreme right-wing positions that would have been identified with the neo-fascist National Front in another era have become commonplace in French bourgeois politics.
By Alex Lantier, 3 March 2017
It is not the French political elite’s undeniable corruption, but deep geo-strategic conflicts among the NATO powers, that are driving the scandal around Fillon.
By Anthony Torres, 28 February 2017
The protests point to the gulf between popular sentiment and the field of presidential candidates, all of whom support stepped-up powers and staffing levels for police.
By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 25 February 2017
The neo-fascist party’s emergence as a contender for power points to the deep crisis of bourgeois rule in France and across Europe.
By Anthony Torres, 21 February 2017
With the Socialist Party deeply unpopular under President François Hollande, the Left Front is seeking an alliance with it without daring to endorse its policies.
By Alice Laurençon, 18 February 2017
The National Front opponents in the French ruling elite are increasingly anxious about the growing possibility of an FN victory in the presidential elections.
By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 17 February 2017
A vicious faction fight has erupted inside the French ruling elite, after Fillon proposed to reorient French and European foreign policy towards Russia.
By Kumaran Ira, 16 February 2017
Jean-Luc Mélenchon's repudiation of the working class as a political force exposes the entire nationalist, pseudo-left milieu to which the New Anti-capitalist Party belongs.
By Peter Schwarz, 16 February 2017
Wolfgang Ischinger, the Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, proposed defending the “Western order of values” by means of a massive increase in military spending.
By Anthony Torres, 14 February 2017
The Socialist Party deployed large numbers of police under the state of emergency against youth protesting a sexual assault by police in a poor suburb of Paris.
By Alex Lantier, 14 February 2017
The wife of François Fillon, the right wing Les Républicains’ candidate, received about €900,000 at no-show government jobs.
By Johannes Stern, 11 February 2017
In an interview with the conservative daily Die Welt, Left Party founder Oscar Lafontaine spoke out in favour of a stricter deportation policy.
By Anthony Torres, 10 February 2017
Thursday morning an explosion in the machine shop of the Flamanville nuclear plant started a fire that was only brought under control after midday.
By Stéphane Hugues, 10 February 2017
The indictment of Sarkozy is part of the escalating wave of scandals and legal infighting engulfing his party in the 2017 French presidential campaign.
By Kumaran Ira, 8 February 2017
Calling himself “neither left nor right,” Macron is running a presidential campaign proposing deep austerity to restore French business competitiveness.
By Alex Lantier, 7 February 2017
After a weekend in which several leading candidates gave major speeches to launch their campaign, there is enormous uncertainty over the French presidential election.
By Kumaran Ira, 7 February 2017
Four police officers have been charged with assaulting an innocent 22-year-old in a working-class suburb of Paris.
By Alice Laurençon, 4 February 2017
While demanding that the working class endure draconian austerity measures, the ruling elite is able to procure hundreds of thousands of euros of public funds for their own benefit.
By Alex Lantier, 2 February 2017
In response to Trump’s protectionist threats against Europe and criticisms of the euro, Germany and its closest allies are preparing a major military and police buildup.
By Alex Lantier, 31 January 2017
Official criticisms of Trump aim to shield the European Union from rising anger at the persecution of migrants, and assert European imperialist interests against Washington.
By Alice Laurençon, 30 January 2017
With broad sections of the PS moving to endorse right-wing banker Emmanuel Macron, the party is threatened with political collapse after Hamon’s victory.
By Alex Lantier, 28 January 2017
Charges that François Fillon’s wife received €600,000 for jobs where she did no work, which were made just after Fillon called for closer ties to Moscow, could end his campaign.
By Anthony Torres, 27 January 2017
Popular opposition to President Hollande’s policies of war, austerity, and police state rule cannot find any expression through PS “rebel” candidate Benoît Hamon.
By Alice Laurençon, 25 January 2017
The purpose of Fillon’s meetings in Berlin was to prepare a policy of countering, with military power if necessary, hostile moves from Washington.
By Alex Lantier, 24 January 2017
The apparent manipulation of the voter turnout by Socialist Party officials highlighted sharp conflicts in the PS as it faces disaster in the 2017 elections.
By Alex Lantier, 23 January 2017
French President François Hollande’s government suffered another humiliating setback last night in the presidential primary of his Socialist Party.
By Alice Laurençon, 23 January 2017
Forty-six PS officials in the Lyon region signed a manifesto on January 17 calling for a boycott of the presidential primaries of their own party.
By Jean Shaoul, 17 January 2017
The Paris meeting demonstrates the futility of seeking a way forward for for the Palestinian people through a filthy deal between the Palestinian bourgeoisie, the Israeli government and the reactionary Arab states.
By Alex Lantier, 14 January 2017
Despite fears of a Socialist Party electoral collapse, not a single candidate forthrightly criticized Hollande or called for a shift in policy in the interests of working people.
By Anthony Torres, 13 January 2017
Despite anti-Russian hysteria in the media, no concrete evidence has been produced to show that Moscow hacked election results either in the United States or France.
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.
By Alex Lantier, 7 January 2017
Conflicts between US intelligence, Donald Trump and France’s National Front point to geopolitical tensions underlying anti-Russian hysteria in America and Europe.
By Anthony Torres, 31 December 2016
Pierre de Villiers, the chief of staff of the French armed forces, is calling for an increase in military spending to 2 percent of France’s gross domestic product.
By Alex Lantier, 20 December 2016
As French finance minister in 2008, Lagarde failed to do due diligence to oppose calls for a €400 million state payoff to corporate raider Bernard Tapie.
By Alex Lantier, 15 December 2016
Basic democratic rights will continue to be suspended in France until July 2017, after next year’s presidential elections in May 2017.
By Kumaran Ira, 7 December 2016
This is the first time since the creation of the office of the French presidency in 1958 that a first-term incumbent has chosen not to run for re-election.
By Alice Laurençon, 29 November 2016
Responsibility for the rise of Fillon and the far right lies above all with organizations like the NPA, which have blocked opposition to the PS from the left.
By Alex Lantier, 28 November 2016
Fillon’s victory as the candidate of The Republicans signifies a sharp shift to the right toward intensified austerity, nationalism and militarism.
By Alex Lantier and Alice Laurençon, 25 November 2016
François Fillon and Alain Juppé, who will run Sunday in the second round of the French right’s presidential primary, held one last debate on Thursday night.
By Anthony Torres, 23 November 2016
The election bid points to the advanced state of disintegration of François Hollande’s government and of the Socialist Party, which is anticipating a debacle in the elections.
By Kumaran Ira, 22 November 2016
The former leader of the Republican and Citizen Movement is trying to assemble a political coalition, including the neo-fascist National Front, to pursue nationalist policies.
By John Braddock, 22 November 2016
Armed clashes between Kanak youth and police in the small French Pacific territory point to explosive social tensions.
By Alice Laurençon, 21 November 2016
The media presented the Les Républicains primary as determining the candidate who will most likely run against Marine Le Pen of the neo-fascist National Front in the second round of the presidential elections next year.
15 November 2016
This statement was adopted as the historical and political basis for the founding of the Parti de l’égalité socialiste, the French section of the ICFI.
By our reporter, 15 November 2016
The International Committee of the Fourth International has recognized the Parti de l'égalité socialiste as its French section.
By Alex Lantier, 14 November 2016
Coming just after Donald Trump’s election as US president, the announcement points to the accelerating collapse of democratic forms of rule on both sides of the Atlantic.
By Anthony Torres, 14 November 2016
By setting up a single database monitoring the entire French population, the Socialist Party government is arming the state with vast repressive powers.
After Calais camp closure
By Francis Dubois, 11 November 2016
Those calling for the persecution of refugees enjoy the more or less open support of the French political establishment.
By Peter Schwarz, 10 November 2016
Europe’s ruling elites fear that the election of Trump will not only destabilise the United States, but also the rest of the world.
By Kumaran Ira, 10 November 2016
As the Libyan catastrophe produced by the 2011 NATO war exposes the NPA’s bankruptcy, it is trying to bury its own record of supporting imperialist war.
By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 25 October 2016
The Socialist Party government’s hailing of the police assault on the camp as a “humanitarian” operation designed to protect refugees is an odious political lie.
French presidential election 2017
By Kumaran Ira, 24 October 2016
The French political establishment is unanimous that anti-Muslim hatred and police-state forms of rule are to become permanent features of political life.
By Alex Lantier, 22 October 2016
The European Union is incapable not only of reaching agreement on policy, but of hiding the increasingly embittered tensions among its member states.
By Francis Dubois, 22 October 2016
The Socialist Party government has cultivated the police as its main social base, and police are now aggressively advancing demands for more resources and powers.
By Anthony Torres, 17 October 2016
Adopting a neo-fascist proposal to create a National Guard, the Socialist Party is preparing for large-scale military operations inside France itself.
By Clara Weiss, 17 October 2016
Relations between France and Poland have worsened substantially after the Polish government pulled out of an arms deal with Airbus that had been planned for years.
By Anthony Torres, 13 October 2016
The cancellation of the Russian President’s visit to France is part of a dangerous explosion of military tensions between NATO and Russia over Syria.
By Robert Stevens, 12 October 2016
The British parliament met in an emergency three-hour session Tuesday to accuse Russia of war crimes in Syria.
By Kumaran Ira, 10 October 2016
French imperialism is laying out an aggressive military strategy in the Asia-Pacific as Washington intensifies its war drive against China.
By Senthooran Ravee, 5 October 2016
The Rafale deal is one of India’s largest-ever arms purchases
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 28 September 2016
British officials see German and French plans to militarise the European Union as an intolerable threat to the NATO alliance and Europe's relations with the United States.
By Kumaran Ira, 26 September 2016
Juppé’s party played a major role in stoking anti-Muslim sentiment, and his statement that it has placed France on the verge of “civil war” is a damning self-indictment.
By Johannes Stern, 23 September 2016
A joint paper by the German and French defence ministers calls for the development of an independent European military and great power policy.
By Kumaran Ira, 22 September 2016
Le Pen's emergence as a contender for power, amid a state of emergency imposed by the Socialist Party, points to the accelerating collapse of French democracy.
By V. Gnana and Stéphane Hugues, 16 September 2016
Deep popular opposition remains to the law, even after trade unions halted the protests over the summer holidays.
By Alex Lantier, 13 September 2016
In response to Brexit, Berlin and Paris aim to transform the EU into a military alliance capable of waging major wars abroad and large-scale repression at home.
By Anthony Torres, 12 September 2016
The CGT is inciting nationalist hatred to divide the workers and disorient their opposition to the wars and social cuts of the French government, which it helped elect.
By Alex Lantier, 9 September 2016
Amid protests against its austerity policies in Greece, Syriza is boosting the EU and trying to divert social anger along nationalist lines, inciting anti-German sentiment.
By Stéphane Hugues, 7 September 2016
Mélenchon joined a demonstration that implicitly called for a military intervention by France, the former colonial power, to topple incumbent President Ali Bongo.
By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 2 September 2016
Well before investigations of the election returns have begun, Paris is demanding that incumbent President Ali Bongo immediately hand over power.
By V. Gnana and Alex Lantier, 31 August 2016
As France demanded an end to talks on the TTIP trade deal, the EU said it would levy a €13 billion fine on Apple, a move the US Treasury said could damage US-EU ties.
By Kumaran Ira, 29 August 2016
The former French president called for returning to universal military service and imposing measures that would turn France’s Muslim population into second-class citizens.
By Anthony Torres, 29 August 2016
In an unprecedented attack on freedom of religion and on France’s Muslim community, local police are moving to effectively criminalize the wearing of Muslim headscarves.
By Alex Lantier, 23 August 2016
Amid the escalating crisis unleashed by the Brexit vote, the remaining major EU powers barely succeeded in papering over the divisions between them.
By Kumaran Ira, 18 August 2016
Seizing on an ethnic brawl, the French political establishment is hysterically accusing Muslim women wearing burkinis of promoting terrorism.
By Kumaran Ira, 2 August 2016
Police banned a peaceful rally protesting the death in police custoday of 24-year-old Adama Traoré after a new autopsy contradicted initial police accounts.
By Kumaran Ira, 27 July 2016
The two attackers were summarily executed by elite police units as they left a church, where they had slit the throat of an 86-year-old priest.
By Anthony Torres, 27 July 2016
The incident underscores the illegal character of the ongoing military operations in Libya, which are being carried out behind the backs of the French people.
By Alex Lantier, 23 July 2016
Hollande shifted towards a more accommodating position, giving Britain more time to negotiate the exit and reaffirming Britain’s role as a key military ally of France.