The 2012 French Presidential Elections

French social democrats adopt new cuts after accepting pro-austerity Gallois report

By Antoine Lerougetel, 7 November 2012

The Socialist Party (PS) government of President François Hollande announced tens of billions of new budget cuts yesterday.

The New Anti-capitalist Party and the expulsion of the Roma from France

By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 31 October 2012

The NPA attempts to hide its political culpability in the persecution of the Roma by maintaining a virtual silence on the subject.

Popular confidence in new French president already falling

By Pierre Mabut, 20 July 2012

A prominent pollster recently found that 50 percent of the French population do not believe that new Socialist Party president François Hollande will keep to his election promises.

French President Hollande prepares assault on the working class

By Antoine Lerougetel, 20 June 2012

Statements by top Socialist Party leaders reveal the right-wing course the new government in France will pursue.

New Anti-capitalist Party presses for Socialist Party government in France

By Antoine Lerougetel, 12 June 2012

The NPA is applauding projections that the Socialist Party of President François Hollande could win a parliamentary majority in the June 17 second round legislative election.

Bourgeois “left” wins plurality in first round of French legislative elections

By Alex Lantier, 11 June 2012

Bourgeois “left” parties led by the Socialist Party (PS) of newly elected President François Hollande won a 47 percent plurality in legislative elections yesterday.

Socialist Party leads in French parliamentary elections

By Antoine Lerougetel, 8 June 2012

The French legislative elections will take place on June 10 and 17.

French election: The Left Front’s Mélenchon stands against neo-fascist Marine Le Pen

By Francis Dubois, 25 May 2012

The Left Front announced on May 15 that Jean-Luc Mélenchon would stand against the neo-fascist Marine Le Pen in Hénin-Beaumont in the legislative elections.

France’s New Anti-capitalist Party applauds President Hollande’s election

By Kumaran Ira, 22 May 2012

The petty-bourgeois “left” New Anti-capitalist Party has applauded the election of President of François Hollande, the big-business Socialist Party’s candidate.

Socialist Party appoints anti-worker interim government in France

By Antoine Lerougetel, 18 May 2012

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault unveiled France’s new interim government yesterday.

French President Hollande attends Berlin summit after inauguration

By Alex Lantier, 16 May 2012

French President François Hollande flew directly from his inauguration in Paris yesterday to Berlin, to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

How the Lutte Ouvrière group backed Hollande in the French elections

By Francis Dubois, 14 May 2012

The petty-bourgeois group Workers Struggle (LO) said it has no objection to a vote for François Hollande of the Socialist Party.

Incoming French president signals budget cuts, handouts to banks

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 9 May 2012

After winning the French presidential election on Sunday, François Hollande is already positioning himself to attack the working class with deep budget cuts.

Elections in Greece and France herald fresh social conflicts

By Peter Schwarz, 8 May 2012

The voting out of office of Nicolas Sarkozy in France and the devastating defeat of the ruling parties in Greece are an expression of broad opposition to the austerity policies laid down by the European Union.

The European elections and the struggle against austerity

By Alex Lantier, 8 May 2012

The outcome of elections throughout Europe has demonstrated the deep popular opposition to austerity measures imposed by European and US finance capital.

Socialist Party candidate Hollande wins French presidential elections

By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira in Paris, 7 May 2012

François Hollande won the second round of the French presidential election yesterday with 51 percent of the vote.

Conservative François Bayrou calls for Hollande vote in French elections

By Johannes Stern, 5 May 2012

On Thursday, defeated bourgeois “center” candidate François Bayrou called for a vote for Socialist Party candidate Francois Hollande in the French presidential elections.

On the eve of the French presidential elections

By Alex Lantier, 5 May 2012

Tomorrow’s second round of the French presidential election sets the stage for escalating attacks on the working class in France.

Argenteuil residents speak on French elections, social conditions

By Kumaran Ira in Paris, 4 May 2012

On Wednesday WSWS reporters visited Argenteuil, in the northwest Paris suburbs, to interview residents on the presidential elections and social conditions in France.

Sarkozy, Hollande outline right-wing policies in French presidential debate

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern in Paris, 3 May 2012

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Party challenger François Hollande spoke last night in the only TV debate before the May 6 run-off election.

French unions, petty bourgeois groups back bourgeois “left” candidate in May Day rallies

By Kumaran Ira, 2 May 2012

Trade unions and petty bourgeois “left” parties organised May Day marches throughout France yesterday.

WSWS speaks to May Day demonstrators in France

By our reporters, 2 May 2012

Supporters of the International Committee of the Fourth International and the World Socialist Web Site intervened in the Paris May Day march yesterday.

France’s Independent Workers Party backs bourgeois “left” presidential candidate

By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 1 May 2012

The POI is backing pro-austerity Socialist Party candidate François Hollande in the 2012 French presidential elections.

Calls for European “growth” policies signal new attacks on workers

By Johannes Stern in Paris, 30 April 2012

Last week leading European officials called for a shift in European economic policies towards more “growth-oriented” measures.

Mass layoffs planned after French elections

By Johannes Stern, 30 April 2012

Politicians and trade union officials in France are discussing plans for a wave of mass layoffs after the May 6 second round of the presidential elections.

France’s New Anti-capitalist Party backs Socialist Party candidate in May 6 run-off

By Kumaran Ira, 28 April 2012

The NPA is backing pro-austerity PS candidate François Hollande against incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy in the second round of the French presidential elections.

WSWS speaks to Tamil immigrants and refugees in France

By Athiyan Silva in Paris, 28 April 2012

Before the second round of the French presidential elections, anti-immigrant and anti-Islam rhetoric is coming increasingly to the fore.

French President Sarkozy appeals to neo-fascist vote

By Antoine Lerougetel, 27 April 2012

President Nicolas Sarkozy is desperate to win the votes of the 6.5 million people who voted for the third placed candidate, the neo-fascist Marine Le Pen.

Clichy-sous-Bois residents speak on French elections, social conditions

By Alex Lantier in Paris, 27 April 2012

WSWS reporters visited Clichy-sous-Bois, the scene of mass riots against police in October-November 2005.

What was French Left Front candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s campaign?

By Alex Lantier in Paris, 26 April 2012

Left Front presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon received 11 percent of the vote in Sunday’s first round of the French presidential elections.

PSA auto workers speak out on French presidential elections

By Alex Lantier in Paris, 26 April 2012

Auto workers at the PSA plant in Aulnay-sous-Bois, north of Paris, spoke to WSWS reporters about the French presidential elections.

Political issues in the French presidential election

By Alex Lantier, 25 April 2012

The first round of the French presidential election starkly exposed the political crisis in France and throughout Europe and the immense dangers facing the working class.

Large neo-fascist vote shakes French presidential race

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern in Paris, 24 April 2012

The large first-round vote for neo-fascist candidate Marine Le Pen has shaken the French presidential election, which continues towards the May 6 run-off between Socialist Party candidate François Hollande and incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Polls show dead heat in first round of French presidential election

By Alex Lantier in Paris, 21 April 2012

Polls indicate Socialist Party (PS) candidate François Hollande and incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy will advance after the April 22 first round of the French presidential elections.

French president and Socialist Party candidate hold Paris rallies

By Antoine Lerougetel and Johannes Stern, 18 April 2012

At dueling open-air rallies in Paris on Sunday, incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Party (PS) candidate François Hollande tried to boost their campaigns before the April 22 elections.

WSWS speaks to Socialist Party supporters at Vincennes campaign rally

By Antoine Lerougetel, 18 April 2012

A WSWS reporting team covered the rally of Socialist Party (PS) presidential candidate François Hollande’s rally at the Château de Vincennes esplanade.

Aix-en-Provence students speak on French presidential elections

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern in Marseille, 17 April 2012

WSWS reporters interviewed students yesterday outside the Literature School at the University of Aix-en-Provence, north of Marseille.

French Left Front candidate holds presidential election rally in Marseille

By Alex Lantier in Marseille, 16 April 2012

Tens of thousands of people marched down Marseille’s Prado Avenue on Saturday to attend the election rally of Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

Financial markets demand deep cuts following French presidential election

By Johannes Stern, 16 April 2012

In the run-up to the French presidential election, the international financial markets are stepping up pressure for social cuts as soon as a new government is sworn in.

Inside the New Anti-capitalist Party’s Paris election meeting

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern in Paris, 14 April 2012

On Thursday, WSWS reporters attended the New Anti-capitalist Party’s regional election meeting in Paris, featuring NPA presidential candidate Philippe Poutou.

French Socialist Party candidate Hollande praises Left Front candidate Mélenchon

By Kumaran Ira, 14 April 2012

French Socialist Party presidential candidate François Hollande gave extensive interviews to major newspapers on Friday in which he praised Left Front candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

Sarkozy proposes police measures after Toulouse shootings

By Antoine Lerougetel, 13 April 2012

Yesterday French President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed new anti-democratic measures punishing people who visit “terrorist” web sites or travel abroad for terrorist training.

New Anti-Capitalist Party backs Left Front, social cuts in French presidential election

By Alex Lantier in Paris, 12 April 2012

In a coordinated media blitz, NPA leaders called yesterday for an alliance with Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s Left Front and signaled they will support social cuts after the presidential elections.

International issues in the French elections

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern in Paris, 11 April 2012

Though the French presidency’s most noted power is its control of foreign policy, international politics has been noticeably absent from the presidential campaign.

What are the politics of French Left Front candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon?

By Alex Lantier in Paris, 10 April 2012

Jean-Luc Mélenchon of the Left Front has emerged as the leading presidential candidate on the left of the French political establishment.

WSWS announces on-the-spot coverage of French presidential election

By Alex Lantier in Paris, 9 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site will be reporting from France in the run-up to the first round of the French presidential election, which will be held in two weeks.