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France: Delevoye report prepares the slashing of pensions by Macron

By Anthony Torres, 18 July 2019

Despite the growing opposition expressed in the “yellow vest” protests, the Macron government is accelerating its assault on the social rights of the working class.

Police launch mass arrests on Bastille Day in Paris

By Will Morrow and Alex Lantier, 15 July 2019

President Emmanuel Macron was booed and jeered as he drove in the motorcade down the Champs-Elysées on the traditional military parade Sunday morning.

Police crack down on undocumented workers occupying Paris Pantheon

By Alex Lantier, 13 July 2019

Late yesterday afternoon, approximately 700 undocumented immigrant workers held a peaceful demonstration and occupied Paris’ historic Panthéon building, demanding an immediate recognition of their right to reside in France.

Furniture retailer Conforama announces 1,900 job cuts in France in 2020

By Anthony Torres, 5 July 2019

Workers at several stores targeted for closure spontaneously walked off the job in protest at the deal worked out behind their backs by management and the unions.

France’s “yellow vest” protests and the resurgence of the international class struggle

By the Parti de l’égalité socialiste, 3 July 2019

These protests are a turning point in France and internationally, marking the initial re-entry of the working class onto the political stage.

Paris police use pepper spray against seated climate change protesters

By Will Morrow, 2 July 2019

Riot police strolled around the group, pepper spraying their faces from 20 centimeters away and ripping protective goggles off them, as onlookers filmed with their phones.

French police assault at music festival leaves young man missing, feared drowned

By Anthony Torres, 29 June 2019

The violent police attack, during which a young man fell into the Loire river, is the outcome of the government’s repressive program.

Watch: Chris Marsden’s speech to Paris meeting to demand freedom for Assange and Manning

By Chris Marsden, 27 June 2019

The speech was delivered by Socialist Equality Party (UK) National Secretary Chris Marsden to a meeting hosted by the Parti de l’égalité socialiste on June 23.

France: What should be done with Arnault’s $100 billion?

By Will Morrow, 26 June 2019

The CEO and leading shareholder of French luxury fashion retail group LVMH became the third person in history to join the centi-billionaires club.

Parti de l’égalité socialiste meeting in Paris demands freedom for Julian Assange

By our reporters, 25 June 2019

The meeting came three days after the World Socialist Web Site issued a call to build a Global Defense Committee fighting for Assange’s freedom.

Facebook blocks ad for PES meeting in Paris to defend Assange

By Alex Lantier, 22 June 2019

The Parti de l’égalité socialiste calls on its supporters to share its material and support the freeing of journalist Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

French workers, “yellow vest” protesters support fight to free Julian Assange

By Will Morrow, 19 June 2019

For the last two weeks, the Parti de l’égalité socialiste has campaigned in Paris for this Sunday’s public meeting in defense of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.

French police interrogate donors to “yellow vest” protester

By Will Morrow, 18 June 2019

Police are questioning some of the 8,800 people who donated to support Christophe Dettinger, the protester and former boxer who punched a riot police officer.

French hospital workers strike against Macron’s health cuts

By Anthony Torres, 15 June 2019

Hospital strikes against the deterioration of the health system that began in March in Paris are now spreading throughout France.

Fiat Chrysler-Renault merger talks collapse

By Will Morrow, 15 June 2019

Both companies have stated that the deal was blocked at the final hour by the French government of President Emmanuel Macron.

French state demands four months’ jail for “yellow vest” protester Eric Drouet

By Anthony Torres, 11 June 2019

The charges against Drouet are unfounded and underscore that a police state is being built in France.

French Nutella workers strike, Tram and metro workers’ stoppage in Greek capital

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

7 June 2019

Workers at the Nutella factory in Normandy have been blockading the plant over demands for a wage increase while Greek tram workers stopped work Monday to protest the Syriza government’s attacks on public transportation.

French rail workers protest one year after rail privatization

By Anthony Torres, 6 June 2019

With anger growing among rail workers over station closures and worsening working conditions, the unions felt compelled to organize a symbolic one-day strike.

“Yellow vest” protesters speak on the European elections

By our reporters, 3 June 2019

“I came today to support the people fighting against this government that I am against, and because I want a real democracy,” Jennifer, 31, told campaigners for the Parti de l’égalité socialiste (Socialist Equality Party, PES).

France illegally arming Libyan coastguards to stop refugees from Africa

By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 1 June 2019

The policy has been condemned by multiple human rights organizations because of the prevalence of torture, rape, slavery and murder in the camps.

Following European elections: EU summit haggles over top jobs

By Peter Schwarz, 31 May 2019

The European heads of government met for a summit in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss the future leading personnel in the European Union.

French government threatens “national security” charges against journalists who revealed Yemen war arms sales

By Will Morrow, 30 May 2019

Macron’s actions are part of a drive by capitalist governments around the world to criminalize whistleblowing and destroy the freedom of the press.

The European elections and the resurgence of the class struggle

By Alex Lantier, 30 May 2019

The EU elections revealed the deep discrediting of the political establishment and its imperviousness to growing demands from the working class for political change.

Le Pen’s far-right National Rally wins European election vote in France

By Will Morrow, 29 May 2019

The two parties that have ruled France for half a century, the Socialist Party and the Republicans, received a combined 14 percent of the vote.

“Yellow Vest” Facebook group with 350,000 members frozen on European election day

By Will Morrow, 28 May 2019

The group is used to organize “yellow vest” demonstrations and to share news articles, political statements and videos of police violence.

Ruling conservatives, social democrats collapse in EU elections

By Alex Lantier, 27 May 2019

In Germany, France, Britain and other countries across Europe, these parties that once formed a duopoly dominating the parliament failed to win 50 percent of the vote combined.

“Yellow vest” protesters pay tribute at the Communards’ Wall in Paris

By Will Morrow, 27 May 2019

Hundreds marched through the Père Lachaise Cemetery to the site honoring the massacre of thousands of workers and their families 148 years ago.

Nationalism, militarism dominate final European election debate in France

By Will Morrow, 25 May 2019

Pro-European Union parties attacked the far-right National Rally (RN) on the basis that its turn away from a European army would weaken French imperialism’s ability to assert its interests.

The bankruptcy of Lutte ouvrière’s European election campaign

By Alex Lantier, 25 May 2019

Despite growing social anger over the period since the 2002 elections, when it won 10 percent of the vote, the so-called “far left” expects to get only 1 percent.

Leading Mélenchon supporter backs Le Pen’s neo-fascist National Rally

By Alex Lantier, 24 May 2019

Amid an international resurgence of class struggle, the nationalist and petty bourgeois forces in Europe’s “left populist” movement are moving to the right.

Macron’s Labor Law in France: Unions organize 3,000 layoffs at Carrefour supermarket chain

By Anthony Torres, 23 May 2019

The unions and company are using a procedure for so-called voluntary redundancies introduced in the Labor Law initiated by the Socialist Party and imposed by Macron.

27th weekly “yellow vest” rally in France: Protesters defend Assange, denounce war

By Anthony Torres, 21 May 2019

Tens of thousands of “yellow vests” continue to defy police crackdowns and the French government’s provocative claims that it has satisfied all their demands.

Le Pen’s neo-fascist National Rally leads European election polls in France

By Will Morrow, 21 May 2019

In France and internationally, far-right forces are exploiting social anger produced by the pro-war, austerity and police-state policies of social-democratic governments.

Pentagon threatens Europe over EU army plans

By Alex Lantier, 16 May 2019

The letter came amid mounting tensions between Washington and its European imperialist rivals over US war threats against Iran.

France hosts “Christchurch call” summit to intensify internet censorship

By Will Morrow, 16 May 2019

Under the banner of fighting terrorism, the social media giants and capitalist states are seeking to censor social media to banish left-wing and anti-war views.

French public sector workers strike against Macron government attacks

By Anthony Torres, 11 May 2019

Over 150 demonstrations took place Thursday against Emmanuel Macron’s “modernization” reform that would overturn conditions for public sector workers established in 1946.

Corporate murder: Trial opens of France Télécom executives over worker suicides

By Will Morrow, 10 May 2019

To shrink a workforce legally protected from sacking, executives adopted a covert policy of psychological torture designed to coerce workers to quit or commit suicide.

“We need to fight capitalism and change the whole system”

Uber and Lyft drivers conduct international strike

By our reporters, 9 May 2019

Thousands of Uber and Lyft drivers in the US and several other countries struck and protested Wednesday in advance of Uber’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange Friday.

French pseudo-left politician Jean-Luc Mélenchon calls for alliance with Socialist Party

By Will Morrow, 9 May 2019

Mélenchon is treading the path worn by his fellow European pseudo-left allies, responding to the upsurge of working class struggle by closing ranks with the state.

France’s “yellow vest” protests and the global resurgence of the class struggle

By Alex Lantier, 9 May 2019

We are publishing here the text of the speech to the 2019 International May Day Online rally delivered by Alex Lantier.

Macron government fabrication of “yellow vest” hospital attack in Paris collapses

By Will Morrow, 4 May 2019

The government’s crude fabrication was aimed at casting the “yellow vest” protests as criminal and morally reprehensible, and justifying police state violence.

Macron moves to prosecute journalists who revealed French arms sales in Yemen war

By Will Morrow, 26 April 2019

French security services have summoned Disclose journalists for questioning over their April 15 report documenting French arms supplies to Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen.

Leaked documents implicate French government in war crimes in Yemen

By Kumaran Ira, 26 April 2019

Leaked intelligence documents expose top French officials’ denials that Saudi-led coalition forces use French-made weapons against Yemeni civilians as bald-faced lies.

New police crackdown in France as Macron to announce further austerity cuts

By Will Morrow, 23 April 2019

At last Saturday’s “yellow vest” protest, police were once again given free rein to violently assault and arrest protesters.

No to calls for “national unity” after the burning of Notre Dame in Paris

By Alex Lantier, 20 April 2019

The cathedral’s fate is an object lesson in the urgent need for workers to expropriate the irresponsible and parasitic financial aristocracy that dominates official public life.

Socialist Equality Party intervenes at Paris rally in defence of Assange

By Anthony Torres, 19 April 2019

Socialist Equality Party members intervened at the rally on Saturday in defence of Assange at the invitation of the alternative news site Le Grand Soir.

The burning of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris

By Alex Lantier, 17 April 2019

The inferno was caused by a horrific breakdown of fire safety in restoration work, for which the French government and ruling elite bear the responsibility.

Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris devastated by fire

By Alex Lantier, 16 April 2019

A tall column of thick, yellowish smoke that poured out of the cathedral, consumed by flames, cast a pall over the city of Paris Monday evening.

Yellow Vest protesters oppose Macron’s mobilization of the army against demonstrations

By our reporters, 3 April 2019

Protestors denounced Macron’s threats and the refusal of the government to respond to any of their demands against social inequality and the militarized police state.

French “yellow vest” protests defy threat of army repression

By Anthony Torres, 25 March 2019

As a mass movement of workers and youth threatens to bring down the Algerian military regime, the government is desperate to rapidly strangle protests inside France.

French army receives authorization to shoot “yellow vest” protesters

By Alex Lantier, 23 March 2019

General Bruno Le Ray announced that the rules of engagement for soldiers sent today against the “yellow vests” allow them to “go as far as opening fire.”

Macron sends the French army against anti-austerity protests

By Alex Lantier, 22 March 2019

The move is a major step toward the implementation of police-state forms of rule in France, as part of a global onslaught against democratic rights.

Macron to deploy French army against “yellow vest” protests

By Anthony Torres, 21 March 2019

This is the first time since the 1954–1962 Algerian war that the army is to be mobilized in policing operations on French soil against the population.

“Yellow vest” protesters support revolutionary movement in Algeria

By our reporters, 19 March 2019

At protests coinciding with the end of Macron’s fraudulent “grand debate,” “yellow vests” supported the developing struggle by Algerian workers and youth.

Macron denounces growing wave of protests in France

By Alex Lantier, 18 March 2019

Hundreds of thousands of people took part in demonstrations in France this weekend: against Macron, the Algerian dictatorship, and climate change.

Millions of students and youth march against climate change

By Bryan Dyne, 16 March 2019

The internationally coordinated protests, the largest in sixteen years, were organized in response to the failure of world governments and the ruling class to do anything to halt global warming.

Youth at global climate protests speak out on capitalism, socialism and scientific planning

By our reporters, 16 March 2019

Reporting teams from the World Socialist Web Site interviewed students who protested in countries around the world for action on climate change.

Grenoble, France: Thousands march for teenagers killed in police chase

By Will Morrow, 8 March 2019

From the morning after the tragedy, the families of Adam and Fatih have been the subject of a campaign of vilification by the media and the police.

Macron publishes platform for European elections calling for EU police state

By Alex Lantier, 6 March 2019

Abandoning the threadbare pretense that he is advocating a liberal development policy, Macron hails the EU as a potential global military-police power.

Algerian workers in France speak out against Bouteflika regime

By V. Gnana and Alex Lantier, 6 March 2019

The anger that is erupting in mass protests against the Bouteflika regime in Algeria has provoked a wave of support in France.

Germany: Socialist Equality Party submits candidates for the European elections

By our reporters, 6 March 2019

On Monday, the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party, SGP) submitted the final signatures for its participation in the European elections.

Sixteenth week of protests: French “yellow vests” support strikes in North Africa

By Anthony Torres and Kumaran Ira, 4 March 2019

The “yellow vests” again took to the streets to demonstrate against French President Emmanuel Macron as protests mount against Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

France’s New Anti-capitalist Party sabotages fight against Ford Blanquefort plant closure

By Will Morrow, 2 March 2019

Leading NPA member Philip Poutou, a Ford employee and union official at Blanquefort, is seeking to prevent any fight by workers against the closure.

France’s ruling parties launch anti-Muslim campaign against sports veil

By Will Morrow, 28 February 2019

Political parties that have been denouncing left-wing opposition to social inequality as anti-Semitic are engaged in a filthy campaign of anti-Muslim propaganda.

French-Italian proxy war in Libya

By Marianne Arens, 26 February 2019

There are concrete material interests behind the sharp tensions between France and Italy, which in February led to France recalling its ambassador in Rome.

Macron threatens to criminalize opposition to Zionism in France

By Will Morrow, 22 February 2019

The French president is stepping up police-state policies, highlighted by the violent crackdown on “yellow vest” protesters.

French ruling elite attacks “yellow vests” while claiming to fight anti-Semitism

By Alex Lantier, 21 February 2019

The record of the PS and of President Emmanuel Macron’s Republic on the March (LRM) party exposes their pretenses to oppose anti-Semitism as a political fraud.

French media slanders “yellow vests” and Muslims as anti-Semites

By Will Morrow and Alex Lantier, 19 February 2019

France’s ruling elite is unleashing a provocative media campaign over a verbal confrontation between protesters and right-wing commentator Alain Finkielkraut.

French “yellow vests” hold 13th protest against social inequality, police brutality

By Anthony Torres, 11 February 2019

After the National Assembly voted a reactionary “anti-hooligan law” allowing police to ban protests without court rulings, a 13th “yellow vest” protest went ahead amid tensions with police.

The CGT’s “national strike”: French unions seek to strangle the “yellow vest” protests

By our reporters, 9 February 2019

For the unions, the day of action was an opportunity for its base of officials and bureaucrats to meet with “yellow vest” protesters and seek to gain control of their movement.

After US withdrawal from INF nuclear treaty with Russia

France conducts dry-run simulation of nuclear weapon strike

By Will Morrow, 8 February 2019

The operation lasted 11 hours and included “all phases” of what was referred to as a “nuclear dissuasion mission,” except for the detonation of an actual nuclear warhead.

France recalls its ambassador to Italy

By Alex Lantier, 8 February 2019

The decision to recall the French ambassador to Italy points to an accelerating collapse of relations between the major imperialist powers of Europe.

French National Assembly passes police state “anti-riot” law targeting protests

By Will Morrow, 7 February 2019

Introduced in response to the “yellow vest” protests, the law marks a significant step in the transformation of France into a police state.

Paris steps up calls for coup in Venezuela

By Alex Lantier, 6 February 2019

Amid growing repression of “yellow vest” protests, it is critical for workers in France and across Europe to oppose attempts to impose a far-right regime in Venezuela.

“Yellow vest” assemblies meet in Commercy

The pseudo-left parties seek to intervene in France’s “yellow vest” movement

By V. Gnana and Alex Lantier, 5 February 2019

On January 26, the Assembly of “yellow vest” assemblies was held, after two previous meetings of the Popular Assembly at Commercy since the “yellow vest” movement began.

Twelfth “yellow vest” protest marches against police repression in France

By Anthony Torres, 4 February 2019

As unions prepare to call a token one-day strike tomorrow, masses of “yellow vest” protesters oppose the unions’ attempts to take over and strangle their movement.

French President Macron visits the hangman of Cairo

By Will Morrow and Alex Lantier, 30 January 2019

Macron’s visit to Egyptian dictator Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is a warning that his government intends to drastically step up repression of the “yellow vests” and broader popular opposition.

French “yellow vests” applaud workers’ struggles against social inequality

By Anthony Torres, 29 January 2019

Some 69,000 people participated in the eleventh weekly protest of “yellow vests” in France, according to the Interior Ministry.

Oppose French unions’ attempts to strangle the “yellow vest” protests!

By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 26 January 2019

The Pabloite New Anticapitalist Party’s calls for the unions to take over the “yellow vest” protests amounts to an attempt to strangle growing opposition among workers.

Germany, France step up military, police alliance with Aachen treaty

By Alex Lantier, 23 January 2019

The treaty aims to build a German-French axis as the centre of a European Union rivaling America militarily and planning the repression of workers across Europe.

French “yellow vests” step up protests as Macron’s “national debate” begins

By Anthony Torres, 22 January 2019

Rejecting Macron’s offer of a “great national debate” with protesters this week, the “yellow vests” were mobilized in large numbers for this Saturday’s protests.

Macron offers “great national debate” as trap for French yellow vest protesters

By Anthony Torres, 21 January 2019

In a letter to the French people, Macron offered a choice of which social programs to cut.

France’s Lutte ouvrière group defends unions against “yellow vest” protests

By Anthony Torres, 18 January 2019

The “yellow vest” movement has unmasked the class gulf separating the workers from the union bureaucracies and organizations such as the pseudo-left Lutte ouvrière .

French worker sentenced to six months’ jail over Facebook call for demonstrations

By Will Morrow, 16 January 2019

The French government has intensified police-state repression aimed at crushing “yellow vest” protests against social inequality.

France’s mass “yellow vest” protests continue to grow in 2019

By Alex Lantier, 14 January 2019

Demonstrations this Saturday grew significantly compared with last week, amid rising anger at French President Emmanuel Macron.

Macron launches fraudulent “national debate” on “yellow vest” protests

By Alex Lantier, 11 January 2019

The debate is an attempt to strangle mounting opposition while continuing reactionary policies of austerity and militarism under cover of a few empty phrases.

French Prime Minister proposes government registry of demonstrators

By Alex Lantier, 8 January 2019

In face of growing workers’ anger, the Macron government has adopted neo-fascist proposals for domestic repression.

Growing “yellow vest” protests defy French police repression

By Anthony Torres, 7 January 2019

The protest Saturday, the first day of action of French “yellow vest” protesters in 2019, mobilized substantially larger forces than the last protests of 2018.

French police arrest “yellow vest” spokesman Eric Drouet

By Anthony Torres, 4 January 2019

The ruling elite is sending a signal that it aims to criminalize and persecute all expressions of genuine political opposition.

Yellow vest protesters rally across France on New Year’s Eve

By our reporters, 3 January 2019

To bring in the New Year, yellow vest protesters across France rallied to show their opposition to Macron and their determination to continue the movement.

French “yellow vest” protests expose anti-worker role of New Anticapitalist Party

By Alex Lantier, 31 December 2018

The NPA reacted to the protests by first denouncing them as fascist and then demanding that the trade union bureaucracy assert control over the movement and restore order.

France’s “yellow vest” protests and the fraud of Mélenchon’s “citizens revolution”

By Alex Lantier, 29 December 2018

With his calls for “yellow vest” protesters to carry out a “citizens revolution,” Mélenchon is trying to confuse, strangle and shut down the movement.

European powers condemn Trump’s withdrawal from Syria

By Johannes Stern, 24 December 2018

Trump’s planned withdrawal of US troops from Syria and the subsequent resignation of defence secretary James Mattis have provoked a fierce response from European leaders.

French “yellow vest” protesters mount pre-Christmas protest against Macron

By Alex Lantier, 24 December 2018

On Saturday, tens of thousands of “yellow vests” demonstrated in cities and on highways across France, amid a growing strike wave in nearby Spain and Portugal.

Commercy “yellow vest” protesters hold second Popular Assembly

By our reporter, 24 December 2018

Over 100 workers, contractors, small businesspeople and unemployed gathered to discuss perspectives for a struggle against French President Emmanuel Macron.

French Romantic painter Eugène Delacroix at the Metropolitan Museum in New York

By Clare Hurley, 20 December 2018

The powerful exhibition is the first major survey of the artist’s work in half a century. It brings together 150 paintings, drawings, prints and manuscripts that have rarely been shown together.

Parti de l’égalité socialiste holds Paris meeting on “yellow vest” protests

By our reporter, 18 December 2018

Several dozen people attended the meeting, including several “yellow vest” protesters as well as members of the Tamil community in Paris.

Fifth French “yellow vest” protest opposes Macron government

By Alex Lantier, 17 December 2018

The media and official parties are pressing the “yellow vests” to accept the legalizing of citizen-initiated referendums as a concession that would justify ending the protests.

French state prepares crackdown for fifth Saturday of “yellow vest” protests

By Will Morrow, 15 December 2018

The Paris police prefect announced that the response would be “about the same” as last Saturday, which saw mass arrests of over 1,700 people.

Rohini Hensman’s Indefensible: The ISO discovers its muse—the CIA—Part 1

By Alex Lantier, 14 December 2018

Hensman’s arguments tend inescapably in one direction: That US wars have been the main liberating force over the last quarter century.