By Alex Lantier, 7 April 2018
With growing opposition to French President Emmanuel Macron’s labour decrees, the class struggle in Europe is entering a new and explosive stage.
By our correspondents, 4 April 2018
The striking transit workers were joined by students walking out in opposition to the Macron government’s assault on public education.
By Peter Schwarz and Eric London, 3 April 2018
The railway workers’ strike, which began Monday evening, is the biggest test of strength to date between President Emmanuel Macron and the French working class.
By Anthony Torres, 29 March 2018
The bloody attack raises more questions about the responsibility of the French state, which has infiltrated Islamist terror networks in their war in Syria.
By Kumaran Ira, 24 March 2018
The strikes and protests express the social opposition that is developing against the Macron government.
No to talks with Macron on the privatisation of French railways!
By Alex Lantier, 22 March 2018
Workers taking part in a nationwide strike in France on March 22 are confronted with an international political struggle.
By Athiyan Silva, 20 March 2018
Macron’s four-day visit to India last week highlighted the growing military build-up in South Asia.
By Alex Lantier, 15 March 2018
As Paris moves to restore the draft, the major NATO powers are creating conditions for major wars in which large draftee armies could be deployed.
By Alex Lantier, 13 March 2018
Strikes erupted afresh on the French Indian Ocean department after police launched a sneak attack on pickets at the port of Longoni.
By Francis Dubois, 12 March 2018
The weekend congress of the National Front set out to deepen the neo-fascist party’s integration into official politics in France and internationally.
By Francis Dubois, 9 March 2018
As French imperialism prepares for new wars, a vast operation is underway to rehabilitate the Nazi-collaborationist Vichy regime and France’s colonial war in Algeria.
By Francis Dubois, 8 March 2018
The capital of Ouagadougou was shaken on March 2 by an attack by two commando squads on the French embassy and Burkinabe army headquarters.
By Francis Dubois, 3 March 2018
The indictment of two National Front deputies for posting pictures on Twitter is an act of political censorship threatening basic democratic rights.
By Anthony Torres, 2 March 2018
The unions and the Macron government plan to discuss for two months how to implement the EU-mandated opening of French railways to private competition by privatizing the SNCF and gutting the rail workers’ statute.
By Alex Lantier, 28 February 2018
On Monday, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced plans to end the French rail workers' statute and privatize the French National Railways.
By our reporters, 27 February 2018
The meeting exposed the militaristic plans underlying attempts to form a Grand Coalition government in Germany working closely with President Emmanuel Macron.
By Anthony Torres, 23 February 2018
Rejecting a miserable sweetheart contract negotiated by a group of trade unions closely allied to management, Air France workers took strike action yesterday.
By Alex Lantier, 22 February 2018
This weekend's conference was dominated by rising, potentially violent conflict between the major powers, notably the United States and Europe.
By Kumaran Ira, 20 February 2018
The report calls for the privatisation of the French National Railways, aiming to eliminate basic social rights of the working class to finance Macron’s militarist policies.
By Athiyan Silva, 19 February 2018
The Indian Ocean more and more resembles a powder keg, as competing nuclear-armed powers set up rival networks of military bases to surveil and threaten each other.
By Alex Lantier, 19 February 2018
As Paris threatens to bomb Syria, and Washington threatens Russia and China, Jean-Luc Mélenchon is stampeding behind calls to build a European war machine.
By Francis Dubois, 15 February 2018
The media hysteria that the French government initially helped stir up around #MeToo is now turning against the government itself.
By Alex Lantier, 15 February 2018
Macron's alliance with Berlin is aimed at converting Europe into an aggressive militarist bloc.
By Anthony Torres, 13 February 2018
After announcing the end of lifetime employment guarantees for public sector employees, French President Emmanuel Macron is preparing to do the same with rail workers.
By Alex Lantier, 12 February 2018
The Grand Coalition deal and the new Berlin-Paris axis are both based on the most right-wing program since fascist parties ruled Europe.
By Alex Lantier, 9 February 2018
The ruling elites throughout Europe are determined to make the working class pay for a massive program of military rearmament.
By Anthony Torres, 8 February 2018
The trial of the sole survivor of the team that carried out the 13 November 2015 attacks in Paris, Saleh Abdeslam, opened Monday in Belgium.
By Alex Lantier, 8 February 2018
Mélenchon wants to defend the anti-worker policies of European Left member parties in the face of rising social anger and working class militancy across Europe.
By Francis Dubois, 5 February 2018
The Macron government is seeking to scrap the rights of public sector workers amid rising strikes and social protests across Europe.
By Alex Lantier, 5 February 2018
International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde’s interview in Le Monde hailing #MeToo underscores that this movement has the support of the financial aristocracy.
By V. Gnana and Alex Lantier, 3 February 2018
“If we support their struggle today, they will support our struggle tomorrow,” said a day laborer working multiple jobs in Paris.
“Our job is like working in a slaughterhouse”
By Anthony Torres, 2 February 2018
In an unprecedented event on Tuesday, workers at retirement homes (Ehpad) across France overwhelmingly followed calls for strike action.
By Anthony Torres, 26 January 2018
The French daily Libération has published a prominent article denouncing the “conspiracy theory” that the Islamic State and Al Qaeda are “in fact manipulated by Western intelligence agencies.”
By Alex Lantier, 25 January 2018
The resolution commits Berlin and Paris to a major arms build-up and deep austerity to enable them to carry out military operations independent of Washington.
By Francis Dubois, 22 January 2018
Supporters of the feminist #MeToo campaign have banned a showing and discussion of Sy’s film L’Astragale, an adaptation of Albertine Sarazin’s book.
By Robert Stevens and Alex Lantier, 20 January 2018
The summit aimed to boost UK-French cooperation despite the crisis in NATO caused by the election of Donald Trump and Britain’s exit from the European Union.
By Athiyan Silva, 19 January 2018
The bill represents a drastic assault on the right to asylum, effectively handing police authorities the power to deport refugees without any serious hearing whatsoever.
By Alex Lantier, 11 January 2018
The courageous column published by 100 women in Le Monde criticizing the #MeToo campaign has provoked a venomous response from the French state machine.
By Linda Tenenbaum, 10 January 2018
An open letter signed by actress Catherine Deneuve and other prominent women emphasizes the anti-democratic nature of the #MeToo movement and its repudiation of due process.
By Alex Lantier, 10 January 2018
PSA Peugeot-Citroën is slashing jobs across Europe and in France, where it is using provisions of President Emmanuel Macron’s antidemocratic labor decrees.
By Alex Lantier, 8 January 2018
Backed by the European Union, President Emmanuel Macron is using his labor decrees to try to scrap basic social rights won by the working class.
By Alex Lantier, 29 December 2017
The announcement of mass layoffs by Europe’s second-largest automaker is part of a relentless international assault on workers' jobs, working conditions and social rights.
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.
By Anthony Torres, 16 December 2017
Laurent Wauquiez won The Republicans (LR) party presidency by attacking Muslims and gay marriage, prompting speculation that LR will seek neo-fascist alliances.
By Alex Lantier, 12 December 2017
The EU meeting in Brussels pointed to divisions between Washington and its European allies over the explosive conflicts in the Middle East.
By Gustav Kemper, 12 December 2017
The American conglomerate General Electric announced the layoff of 12,000 workers last week, including 4,500 in Europe.
By Francis Dubois, 2 December 2017
Faced with the disastrous results of the imperialist wars in Libya and the Sahel, the European Union is proposing to intensify its neo-colonialist and military interventions.
By Francis Dubois and Alex Lantier, 1 December 2017
The campaign launched in France in the aftermath of the Weinstein affair in the United States marks a further shift to the right by President Emmanuel Macron.
By Kumaran Ira, 23 November 2017
The auctioning of refugees as slaves, filmed by CNN, exposes the criminality of the imperialist war in Libya waged by NATO with the support of the international pseudo-left in 2011.
By Kumaran Ira, 22 November 2017
The crisis provoked by Saudi Arabia’s arrest of the Lebanese prime minister threatens to escalate into a new conflict in the Middle East.
By Anthony Torres, 20 November 2017
Since the union bureaucracies began organizing symbolic one-day protests and rolling strikes against President Macron’s cuts, fewer and fewer workers have attended them.
By Kumaran Ira, 18 November 2017
The spreading war in the Sahel, which flows from the 2011 NATO war in Libya, threatens to plunge the entire region into a broader war and humanitarian crisis.
By Alex Lantier, 16 November 2017
The EU is preparing censorship aimed not at false information, but at news reports or political views that encourage popular opposition to the European ruling class.
By Francis Dubois, 15 November 2017
With one in every seven people already living in poverty, President Emmanuel Macron’s government is trying to develop a massive low-wage sector.
By Peter Schwarz, 14 November 2017
The European Union has agreed on a framework to develop the capacity for waging war independently of and, if necessary, against the United States.
By Francis Dubois, 14 November 2017
The French media and President Emmanuel Macron’s government are denouncing “street harassment” amid the US media campaign against film producer Harvey Weinstein.
By Anthony Torres, 14 November 2017
The brother of 2012 Toulouse shooter Mohamed Merah was sentenced to 20 years in prison, though the court admitted there is no evidence he was complicit in the killings.
By Francis Dubois, 11 November 2017
In a surprise visit to Riyadh, Emmanuel Macron argued against a regional escalation of the Middle East wars flowing from the NATO countries’ imperialist interventions.
By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 4 November 2017
The expiration of France’s two-year state of emergency does not signify a return to conditions before 2015, but stepped-up attacks on democratic rights.
By Gustav Kemper, 25 October 2017
Airbus will be the main beneficiary of the trade war measures imposed on Bombardier by the US Commerce Department following pressure from US competitor Boeing.
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.