French president Macron and ex-left Cohn-Bendit advocate a militarily strong Europe at Frankfurt Book Fair
By Marianne Arens, 14 October 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron is striving for a heavily armed Europe capable of pursuing its own imperialist strategy around the world, while suppressing opposition at home.
By Alex Lantier, 28 September 2017
Macron’s call for more spending on intelligence and the military has been overshadowed by the German election result, which strengthened parties hostile to financing his plans.
By Anthony Torres, 27 September 2017
The trade union bureaucracy is isolating the truckers’ strike in order to block the growth of a broad movement in the working class against President Macron and the EU.
By Anthony Torres and Kumaran Ira, 25 September 2017
On Saturday, Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s Unsubmissive France movement held its national rally in the Place de la République in Paris.
By Anthony Torres, 23 September 2017
Showing contempt for mass popular opposition and growing strikes and protests, France’s president signed decrees destroying the country’s Labor Code yesterday.
By Anthony Torres, 22 September 2017
Protesters who spoke to the WSWS opposed the destruction of the Labor Code and the growing drive to war and dictatorship in France and internationally.
By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 19 September 2017
The unions, whose strike calls are carefully prepared beforehand with the government, are terrified of being outflanked on their left by an eruption of workers’ struggles.
By Francis Dubois, 18 September 2017
After ignoring the island territory for two days, Macron was compelled to visit by a rising drumbeat of public criticism in France.
By Kumaran Ira, 16 September 2017
The French government has already stressed that it has no intention of modifying its position, despite growing opposition in the working class.
By Alex Lantier and Anthony Torres, 13 September 2017
The demonstrations point to the mounting opposition among French workers and youth to the government’s plans to carry out a social counterrevolution by executive fiat.
By Alex Lantier, 12 September 2017
Macron traveled to Greece to hail the austerity measures imposed by the Syriza (“Coalition of the Radical Left”) government, which show the future for the workers of France.
By Francis Dubois, 7 September 2017
In the wake of the decrees against the labor code, the government is launching attacks on unemployment insurance, housing and vocational training.
By Anthony Torres, 7 September 2017
Mélenchon is proposing a populist and nationalist movement, compatible with a strategy of entry into the Macron government that he claims to oppose.
By Alex Lantier, 5 September 2017
By unilaterally rewriting the French Labor Code, Macron is setting into motion a confrontation with the working class with international and revolutionary implications.
By Anthony Torres, 1 September 2017
Financial markets hope Macron’s decrees will mark a decisive step in the destruction of social rights won by workers’ struggles in Europe in the twentieth century.
By Alex Lantier, 31 August 2017
Speaking Tuesday to a conference of French ambassadors, Emmanuel Macron laid out plans for an aggressive global policy.
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.
By Francis Dubois, 22 August 2017
The incidents at Aulnay-sous-Bois point to growing tensions between police and the population of the estate where police sexually assaulted a youth in February.
By Alex Lantier, 18 August 2017
With far right forces rising across Europe, invocations of “Western values” by the European political establishment against Trump are false and hypocritical to the core.
By Francis Dubois, 15 August 2017
The law is a cynical attempt to sow illusions in the ruling elite, an operation supported by Mélenchon’s Unsubmissive France movement.
By Kumaran Ira, 12 August 2017
These deals point to very sharp objective economic conflicts between the European powers and the United States that threaten to spill over into military conflict.
By Francis Dubois, 10 August 2017
While what took place in Levallois remains highly unclear, the political establishment is stirring up security fears and promoting the state of emergency.
By Kumaran Ira, 9 August 2017
The announcement of the administration’s first social cuts is already provoking a collapse in the newly elected president’s approval ratings.
By Anthony Torres, 7 August 2017
The Socialist Party has no intention of stopping an anti-worker employment reform that it proposed and largely pushed through under former French President François Hollande.
By Marianne Arens, 2 August 2017
By bullying aid organisations, establishing detention camps in North Africa, and deploying troops, the European powers intend to stem the flow of refugees.
By Anthony Torres, 31 July 2017
Paris wants to prevent Italy’s Fincantieri from taking control of the shipyard at Saint-Nazaire, the only one in France capable of building aircraft carriers.
By Alex Lantier, 31 July 2017
The social movement Mélenchon aims to launch would be a nationalist and petty-bourgeois movement hostile to historical truth and the working class.
By Athiyan Silva, 25 July 2017
Macron's plan would create special task forces, intensify controls in the Mediterranean, and reinforce the European border agency Frontex.
By Alex Lantier, 24 July 2017
The movement Mélenchon aims to build is a nationalist, pro-war movement that would subordinate the working class to the strategic interests of French imperialism.
By Francis Dubois, 21 July 2017
As sections of the political establishment grow increasingly wary of the danger to democratic rights posed by Macron's policies, social opposition is emerging in the working class.
By Alex Lantier, 20 July 2017
European imperialism’s growing militarism, together with worsening social inequality and intensifying class conflict, has vastly strengthened the political position of the military.
By Francis Dubois, 18 July 2017
The legislature has opened the way for the government of President Emmanuel Macron to massively increase the exploitation of the French working class.
By Johannes Stern, 18 July 2017
The newly-proposed arms projects—including fighter jets, tanks and drones—should be taken as a warning by workers and young people throughout Europe.
By Alex Lantier, 14 July 2017
The French president sent a clear message to Berlin that Paris could align itself with Washington in a more openly anti-German policy.
By Alex Lantier, 4 July 2017
Macron called for military escalation overseas and broad-ranging changes to basic institutions of French political and social life, to be worked out with the trade unions.
By Alex Lantier, 23 June 2017
The election of Emmanuel Macron is the outcome of the reactionary policies of the organizations in the so-called French left that broke with Trotskyism.
By Francis Dubois, 21 June 2017
Despite claims that President Emmanuel Macron's party is renovating French politics, his party is a haven for business owners and France's old political establishment.
By Francis Dubois, 20 June 2017
Despite claims that President Emmanuel Macron is renovating French politics, his party is a haven for business owners and France’s old political establishment.
By Alex Lantier, 19 June 2017
The Socialist Party, which has dominated what passed for the French “left” since its founding in 1971, suffered a historic collapse.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 17 June 2017
Ruffin, a successful independent filmmaker, makes clear that he will not build a movement in the working class in the de-industrialized regions of northern France.
By Alex Lantier, 17 June 2017
The elections taking place tomorrow will undoubtedly mark a historic collapse of French democracy and of what has passed for the “left” in France for nearly a half century.
By Francis Dubois, 16 June 2017
The FN’s position on the European Union and the euro has emerged as the main point of conflict.
In Paris talks with British prime minister May
By Alex Lantier, 15 June 2017
A bitter struggle over influence and alliances is unfolding between the imperialist powers, amid growing hostility to Washington on the part of Paris and Berlin.
By Alex Lantier, 14 June 2017
Mass abstention and the anticipated electoral victory of President Macron’s party is the masses’ unanswerable verdict on Mélenchon’s electoral maneuvers.
By Alex Lantier, 12 June 2017
Fully 51.2 percent of voters abstained in Sunday’s French legislative elections —the first time since the end of World War II that only a minority of registered voters participated.
By Kumaran Ira, 9 June 2017
Press reports yesterday confirmed that the government of newly-elected President Emmanuel Macron intends to pass a law making the state of emergency permanent.
By Alex Lantier, 9 June 2017
Despite the war crisis and growing social anger among workers, NPA leader Alain Krivine insisted that internationalist opposition to capitalism would find no popular support.
By our reporter, 7 June 2017
President Emmanuel Macron’s government seized on an assault in which one policeman was lightly wounded to call for extending France’s state of emergency.
By Alex Lantier, 6 June 2017
The newly-elected president intends for the assembly, controlled by his party, to serve as a rubber stamp for unprecedented attacks on social and democratic rights.
By Kumaran Ira, 2 June 2017
The perspective for opposition to President Emmanuel Macron’s agenda offered by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of the Unsubmissive France movement, is collapsing.
By Athiyan Silva, 1 June 2017
More than one hundred CRS police rounded up and forcibly expelled refugees from the Valmy Refugee camp in southeast France.
By Alex Lantier, 31 May 2017
French and German newspapers pointed to a “European moment,” in which continental Europe led by Germany and France would unite against the United States and Britain.
By Alex Lantier, 30 May 2017
While advancing an aggressive imperialist intervention in the Syrian and Ukrainian crises, Macron signaled a broad shift in France’s foreign policy.
By Francis Dubois, 30 May 2017
The unions are insisting that this strike should be limited to action in one industry and are seeking to avoid any serious interruption of industry and transport.
By Francis Dubois, 25 May 2017
A week after taking office, French President Emmanuel Macron’s government announced that it would prolong the country’s state of emergency to November and seek a law to make it permanent.
By Alex Lantier, 23 May 2017
The newly-elected president is preparing a historic assault on jobs, wages, and labor legislation to be rammed through by presidential decree in the face of public opposition.
By Francis Dubois, 22 May 2017
Macron hailed the army at a military base in Gao, and confirmed its magnified role via the Socialist Party’s state of emergency laws.
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.
By Alex Lantier, 20 May 2017
Thursday’s edition of L’Obs magazine revealed that the outgoing Socialist Party government planned a coup d’état if National Front candidate Marine Le Pen had won the May 7 presidential elections.
By Alex Lantier, 19 May 2017
According to L'Obs the plan aimed not to keep Le Pen out of office, but to crush anti-fascist protests, impose martial law, and force Le Pen to work with a social democratic government.
By Francis Dubois, 18 May 2017
Edouard Philippe, named to the post of prime minister May 15 by newly elected President Emmanuel Macron, presented his cabinet yesterday afternoon.
By Alex Lantier, 17 May 2017
The cabinet is to be announced Wednesday, with a delay of 24 hours, after verification of future ministers’ tax status and potential conflicts of interest.
By Kumaran Ira, 17 May 2017
At a convention to launch a campaign for the upcoming legislative elections, Mélenchon asserted that his Unsubmissive France movement will be able to “govern the country.”
By Alex Lantier, 16 May 2017
Macron’s friendly meeting with Merkel shows that his election as president is part of a social counterrevolution being waged across Europe.
By Anthony Torres, 16 May 2017
The only way forward is a broad mobilization of workers to defend jobs at GM&S in a break with the union bureaucracies and in opposition to newly elected President Emmanuel Macron.
By Alex Lantier, 15 May 2017
In a display of militarism and reaction, the newly elected president pledged to rekindle France’s “spirit of conquest” by expanding the military and waging a full-scale offensive against workers’ living standards.
By Peter Schwarz, 15 May 2017
Enthusiasm for Emmanuel Macron has not lasted long in Germany. His calls for more financial leeway from the European Union are meeting fierce opposition in German government and business circles.
By Alex Lantier, 12 May 2017
Over six in 10 voters have said that they do not want Macron to obtain a majority in the National Assembly, due to his warmongering and anti-working class policies.
By Robert Stevens, 12 May 2017
Mason claims that the former Rothschild banker Emmanuel Macron has given “French democracy, Europeanism and globalism another chance.”
By Alex Lantier, 11 May 2017
The two main forces that together supported Mélenchon’s presidential bid will run as opponents in the legislative elections next month.
By Alex Lantier, 9 May 2017
Macron’s actions have rapidly exposed the fraudulent claims of his media and political supporters that he would defend democracy and block the rise of neo-fascism.
By Alex Lantier, 8 May 2017
Over four million people cast blank or spoiled ballots to express their hostility to both candidates presented by the French political establishment.
By Alex Lantier, 6 May 2017
Class conflict of revolutionary dimensions is being prepared in France as social anger builds against both presidential candidates.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 6 May 2017
Ahead of Sunday’s presidential run-off election, the New Anti-capitalist Party is working to subordinate workers and youth to the candidate of austerity and war, Emmanuel Macron.
By Kumaran Ira, 5 May 2017
Bitter divisions are erupting within Les Républicains over whether to endorse presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron against neo-fascist Marine Le Pen.
By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 4 May 2017
Over the course of 150 minutes, the fascist Le Pen and the ex-banker Macron alternated between insulting each other and braying for militarism and state repression.
By Athiyan Silva, 4 May 2017
Behind the backs of the French people, the Socialist Party government and presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron are joining the US-led war drive against North Korea.
By our reporters, 4 May 2017
The comments of two young Parisians express growing opposition to both On the March candidate Emanuel Macron and National Front candidate Marine Le Pen.
By Johannes Stern, 4 May 2017
These remarks were delivered by Johannes Stern, a leading member of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, the German section of the ICFI, at the first public meeting of the Parti de l’égalité socialiste on May Day in Paris.
By Alex Lantier, 3 May 2017
Unsubmissive France leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon is seeking to entrap opposition to both presidential candidates in the straitjacket of an alliance with Emmanuel Macron.
By our reporters, 3 May 2017
The Parti de l'égalité socialiste's meeting, attended by over 60 people, was the first public event of a French section of the International Committee of the Fourth International since 1971.
By Francis Dubois, 2 May 2017
Workers and youth throughout France sense that the calls to “block” Le Pen from the political establishment are barely disguised appeals to vote for the former banker Macron.
By our reporters, 2 May 2017
The first public meeting of the PES, the French section of the ICFI, since its founding last year attracted an audience of more than 60 workers and students from across France.
May Day 2017
By Alex Lantier, 2 May 2017
The PES' campaign for an active boycott of the election is the revolutionary alternative to the impotent parliamentary maneuvers proposed by Mélenchon.
By Kumaran Ira, 1 May 2017
As the French two-party political system collapses, the National Front is developing overt ties with more traditional sections of the French right.
By Alex Lantier, 29 April 2017
Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s declaration that he will participate in the May 7 vote but keep secret for whom he votes is an admission that he has no independent political line.
By Alex Lantier, 28 April 2017
The critical issue facing youth protesting the elections is to turn to the working class, in defiance of the media’s reactionary pro-Macron propaganda.
By Julie Hyland, 27 April 2017
Britain’s right-wing media are concerned that Macron will be unable to enforce his agenda under conditions of widespread political alienation and hostility to the ruling elite.
By Political Committee of the Parti de l'égalité socialiste, 27 April 2017
The arguments put forward to try to blackmail the French people into voting for Macron, the preferred candidate of finance capital, against the neo-fascist Le Pen are a combination of sophistries and lies.
By Alex Lantier, 26 April 2017
After Macron and Le Pen advanced to the second round, the French president's gesture was intended to delegitimize opposition to Le Pen's neo-fascist National Front.
By Johannes Stern, 26 April 2017
All the major parties have hailed the results of the first round of the French presidential election.
By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 25 April 2017
Despite claims that Emmanuel Macron represents a “democratic” alternative to the fascistic Marine Le Pen, the former banker seeks to extend France's anti-democratic state of emergency, impose drastic austerity and re-establish the draft.
By Alex Lantier, 24 April 2017
As France’s traditional two-party system collapses, neo-fascist candidate Marine Le Pen has emerged as a contender for state power.
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.