By Alex Lantier and Bill Van Auken, 8 January 2015
Whoever was behind this massacre, it plays into the hands of the most reactionary forces seeking war abroad and police-state measures at home.
By Kanda Gabriel and Kumaran Ira, 31 December 2014
The three attacks prior to Christmas have been used to stoke fears of Islamist attacks in retaliation for French involvement in wars in the Middle East and Africa.
By Kumaran Ira, 29 December 2014
The New Anti-capitalist Party and the Left Party are insisting that all opposition be controlled by France’s union bureaucracy.
By Anthony Torres, 24 December 2014
The move is the inevitable consequence of the union's betrayal of the September strike against plans to create a low-cost Transavia-Europe airline.
By Kumaran Ira, 17 December 2014
In the name of boosting “growth and economic activity”, the bill aims to impoverish the working class and sections of the petty-bourgeoisie in the interests of financial capital.
By Stéphane Hugues, 15 December 2014
The National Front has inflicted another humiliating defeat upon the PS, the government, and President François Hollande.
By Alex Lantier, 13 December 2014
The neo-fascists decided to overlook their anti-American rhetoric and leap to the defense of CIA torturers.
By Francis Dubois, 11 December 2014
The National Front's advance can be explained, above all, by the naked bankruptcy of the Socialist Party and its pseudo-left allies, such as the NPA.
By Kumaran Ira, 3 December 2014
The Socialist Party government warmly welcomed Egyptian military dictator al-Sisi.
By Francis Dubois, 29 November 2014
Tensions between Paris and Moscow surged as François Hollande's Socialist Party government blocked delivery of the first of two warships for the Russian navy.
By Stéphane Hugues, 29 November 2014
The Peugeot-Citroën group has laid out plans for a new wave of mass sackings accompanied, as in previous years, by public denials that these are being prepared.
By Kumaran Ira, 26 November 2014
France and Germany are proposing a joint economic reform plan with deep social cuts and flexible labour rules in favour of big business.
By Kumaran Ira, 14 November 2014
Court documents show the PS knew police had killed ecological protester Rémi Fraisse but covered it up to hide the PS’s role in pressing for a crackdown.
By Francis Dubois, 13 November 2014
On November 11, FN leader Marine Le Pen called for France to rearm, introduce universal military service and develop a policy independent of NATO and the European Union.
By Francis Dubois, 12 November 2014
Thousands of school pupils demonstrated in several cities and blockaded dozens of high schools across France.
By Kumaran Ira and Olivier Laurent, 10 November 2014
Hollande is the most unpopular president since the creation of the Fifth Republic in 1958.
By Alex Lantier, 7 November 2014
Billed as a last-ditch attempt to halt the collapse of Hollande’s Socialist Party, the TV appearance made clear Hollande intends to make no change in his reactionary policies.
By Alex Lantier, 4 November 2014
Utterly discredited and unpopular, the Socialist Party is seeking to crush protests through bans on street demonstrations, police crackdowns and mass arrests.
By Anthony Torres, 3 November 2014
In the negotiations, the French and Italian governments agreed to impose deep attacks on the social rights of the working class.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 31 October 2014
This anti-democratic and discriminatory action is the product of constant anti-Muslim agitation by the French political establishment.
By Anthony Torres, 28 October 2014
The bill is an attack on freedom of movement as defined by international law and vastly expands the state’s ability to censor political speech.
By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 21 October 2014
Paris and Berlin are working on a behind-the-scenes deal for intensified, long-term austerity measures against the working class.
By Stéphane Hugues, 18 October 2014
Benefits paid to all families with children in France since the end of World War II are being slashed by Hollande's Socialist Party government.
By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 18 October 2014
Terrified by the global capitalist crisis, Mélenchon is denouncing socialism and building ties with the periphery of the neo-fascist National Front.
By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 14 October 2014
The French ruling class is considering even more ferocious austerity measures in response to the demands of the banks and the European Commission.
By Pierre Mabut, 7 October 2014
The details of the case underscore how the French Communist Party and corrupt union bureaucracies long ago lost any base in the working class.
By Alex Lantier, 6 October 2014
The French pseudo-left hails the betrayal of the pilots not only to defend the unions, but as part of its support for the austerity agenda of the Socialist Party government and the European Union.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 4 October 2014
The Senate elections on September 28 were yet another humiliating defeat for France’s ruling Socialist Party.
By Stéphane Hugues, 2 October 2014
The cuts now being implemented will hit broad sections of the working class and the middle classes.
By Francis Dubois, 2 October 2014
The NPA’s response to the French government’s anti-terror law amounts to a defense of both imperialist war in the Middle East and police repression at home.
By Kumaran Ira, 30 September 2014
The French daily Le Monde justifies the escalating imperialist war in the Middle East by echoing Paris’s claims that it is fighting a war against “terrorism.”
By Alex Lantier, 30 September 2014
Pilots must reject the abject surrender demanded by the pilots union, which would only lead to deep cuts to wages and conditions.
By Pierre Mabut, 29 September 2014
The Islamist forces that murdered Gourdel benefited from the support of France and its allies amid the imperialist powers' proxy wars in Libya and Syria.
By Alex Lantier and Stéphane Hugues, 29 September 2014
The unions and the Socialist Party government are desperately pushing pilots to accept a deal that would pave the way to deep cuts in wages and conditions.
By Stéphane Hugues, 27 September 2014
The head of the Socialist Party government denounced pilots as “selfish” as public support grows for the strikers.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 26 September 2014
The government’s decision, faced with the pilots’ strike, to force Air France to abandon plans for a new low-cost subsidiary signals a major political crisis in France.
By Stéphane Hugues, 25 September 2014
The meeting of French Prime Minister Valls with German Chancellor Merkel cannot hide the growing Franco-German tensions in Europe.
By our reporters, 24 September 2014
Faced with growing opposition from different sections of Air France workers, the airline may postpone the full implementation of its low-cost subsidiary Transavia-Europe.
By Kumaran Ira, 23 September 2014
Air France is demanding deep cuts in wages, benefits, and working conditions.
By Alex Lantier and Stéphane Hugues, 22 September 2014
Sarkozy’s hour-long prime time TV interview painted a stark picture of political crisis in France and across Europe.
By Kumaran Ira, 22 September 2014
The NPA cynically claims that, now that the bourgeois “left” Socialist Party rules France, France’s bloody wars in Africa are driven by concern for Africa’s security.
By Alex Lantier, 20 September 2014
The air strikes marked the first European attack in support of the latest US war in Iraq and the first overt French military operation there since the 1990-1991 Gulf War.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 20 September 2014
Seventy-five percent of Air France pilots have been on strike since Monday.
By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 20 September 2014
The NPA complacently dismisses the idea of a political crisis in France to justify its continuing orientation to the Socialist Party (PS) amid the PS’ ongoing collapse.
By Alex Lantier, 17 September 2014
France’s National Assembly gave its support yesterday to a new government after a first, deeply unpopular government led by Prime Minister Manuel Valls fell on August 25.
By Stéphane Hugues, 15 September 2014
Paris is calling for a new intervention in Libya, supposedly to fight the Islamist forces it armed during the 2011 NATO war.
By Anthony Torres, 10 September 2014
The Elysée presidential palace announced the resignation of Thomas Thévenoud, the minister for foreign trade, tourism, and overseas Frenchmen.
By Anthony Torres, 8 September 2014
The NPA will continue to defend the current government, France’s most right-wing regime since the World War II-era fascist government of Vichy.
By Stéphane Hugues, 6 September 2014
Natacha Bouchart is demanding that Britain help fund the repression of migrants trapped in Calais as they seek to reach Britain.
By Stéphane Hugues, 5 September 2014
The decision to suspend the deal points to the growing inter-imperialist tensions inside NATO provoked by its proxy war in Ukraine.
By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 4 September 2014
In an extensive Le Figaro interview, neo-fascist National Front leader Marine Le Pen declared that her party was ready to govern France.
By Pierre Mabut, 2 September 2014
The trade union bureaucracy opposes strike action to challenge the deeply unpopular Valls government, lest it fall.
By Alex Lantier, 29 August 2014
The entire framework of official “left” politics in France and across Europe is collapsing.
By Stéphane Hugues, 29 August 2014
Workers and youth must oppose the government’s victimisation of a member of the pseudo-left New Anti-capitalist Party.
By Pierre Mabut, 27 August 2014
Paris’s role exposes France’s pseudo-left parties, who tried to falsely pose as critics of the government by calling for it to arm Syrian opposition militias.
By Jill Lux, 27 August 2014
After last year’s military campaign in northern Mali, Paris is launching expanded military operations in West Africa.
By Alex Lantier, 26 August 2014
President Hollande dissolved the government Monday, firing leading ministers who had publicly attacked his deeply unpopular austerity policies.
By Kumaran Ira, 25 August 2014
Mélenchon is trying to obscure his ties to the discredited Socialist Party and prepare a shift into the camp of the right, should this be necessary to save his political career.
By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 16 August 2014
According to internal accounts, the French government is in total disarray as its projections show a deflationary spiral and economic collapse gripping Europe.
By Kumaran Ira, 11 August 2014
France is supporting the US decision to launch air strikes in Iraq, amid the civil war unleashed by the imperialist proxy war in neighboring Syria.
By Pierre Mabut, 5 August 2014
Demonstrators denounced the French government’s support for the onslaught against Gaza and its charges that opponents of Israeli policy are anti-Semites.
By Kumaran Ira, 28 July 2014
On Friday and Saturday, thousands of people marched across Europe to protest the Israeli military onslaught in Gaza strip that has killed over 1,000 Palesntinians.
By Kumaran Ira, 24 July 2014
While supporting Israeli mass murder in Gaza, the Socialist Party, with the help of pseudo-left parties, seeks to control anti-war protests.
By Kumaran Ira, 21 July 2014
The PS government is banning and attacking protests against the mass murder carried out by the Israeli state in Gaza.
By Pierre Mabut, 16 July 2014
The French Socialist Party government held its third “social conference” of employers and unions on July 7.
By Kumaran Ira, 15 July 2014
The bill gives the state draconian powers for monitoring the Internet, including web sites, mail servers and clouds.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 10 July 2014
On 2 July, 200 CRS riot police rounded up some 600 refugees in Calais.
By Francis Dubois, 9 July 2014
Jean-Marie Le Pen’s allusion to crematorium ovens and the fascist extermination of Jews appeals to pro-Nazi sentiment in and around the National Front.
By Francis Dubois, 8 July 2014
According to Vladimir Putin, the fine imposed on BNP Paribas by Washington was aimed at blocking the delivery of French warships to Russia.
By Anthony Torres, 7 July 2014
Aubry and the ruling Socialist Party share a heavy responsibility in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of workers due to asbestos.
By Kumaran Ira, 5 July 2014
After being detained and indicted for corruption and influence peddling, Sarkozy denied the charges in an interview on Europe1 radio and TF1 television Wednesday.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 3 July 2014
Public statements and policies stigmatizing Algerians during the World Cup reflect the escalating anti-immigrant hysteria seizing the French ruling elite.
By Alex Lantier, 2 July 2014
Sarkozy is the first French head of state to be imprisoned since fascist dictator and Nazi collaborator Marshal Philippe Pétain was jailed on treason charges after World War II.
By Pierre Mabut and Alex Lantier, 1 July 2014
The unions and the pseudo-left parties only called the strikes in order to keep a struggle against the cuts from erupting outside of their control.
By Alex Lantier, 25 June 2014
The NPA is seeking to cover up its responsibility in pressing for imperialism to arm Sunni Islamist militias in the region, while downplaying the risk of a wider war.
By Kumaran Ira, 20 June 2014
A 16-year-old Roma boy, Darius, was badly beaten by a vigilante mob last Friday in the north Paris suburb of Pierrefitte-sur-Seine.
By Anthony Torres, 19 June 2014
Approximately 1,000 demonstrators gathered in Paris on June 17 to protest the Socialist Party government’s planned privatization of the French railways.
By Pierre Mabut, 18 June 2014
Ten thousand entertainment industry workers protested outside the Ministry of Culture in Paris on Monday as part of strike action throughout France.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 18 June 2014
France’s military leadership openly threatened to resign in order to force a retraction of cuts in military spending.
By Kumaran Ira, 16 June 2014
Nationwide strikes involving rail and cultural workers reflect rising social opposition to the Socialist Party government.
By Pierre Mabut, 29 May 2014
Stepped-up attacks on immigrants are the Socialist Party government’s response to the victory of the French neo-fascists in last week’s European elections.
By Alex Lantier, 27 May 2014
The vote does not indicate broad support for the neo-fascists’ anti-immigrant agenda, but the absence of any organization opposed to the ruling Socialist Party from the left.
By Peter Schwarz, 24 May 2014
For months opinion polls in France have been forecasting a victory for the far-right National Front (FN) in Sunday’s European elections.
By Kumaran Ira, 16 May 2014
On May 11-13, French President François Hollande visited the ex-Soviet republics in the South Caucasus to boost energy and diplomatic ties amid the Ukraine crisis.
By Kumaran Ira, 15 May 2014
Paris said it wished the United States had started a war with Syria last year, while accusing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of using chemical weapons.
By Pierre Mabut, 8 May 2014
French President Hollande is under increasing pressure from the European Commisssion and the banks to cut wages and create a flexible labour market.
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By Kumaran Ira, 7 May 2014
Mélenchon is making empty criticisms of President François Hollande’s policies in Ukraine, trying to block working class opposition to the Socialist Party.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 30 April 2014
The unions, backed by “left” allies of the ruling Socialist Party, are organising May Day demonstrations aimed at diverting mass anger against austerity.
By Kumaran Ira, 30 April 2014
Financial markets are calling on the Socialist Party government of Prime Minister Manuel Valls to intensify attacks on the working class.
By Kumaran Ira, 21 April 2014
The PS is repudiating all the social concessions made to the working class after the fall of the Nazi collaborationist regime at the end of World War II.
By Anthony Torres, 17 April 2014
French intelligence services are collecting all the data of Orange’s customers with no restrictions, oversight, or legal foundation.
By Kumaran Ira, 14 April 2014
Tens of thousands of people marched in France and Italy, protesting the social democratic governments’ austerity measures and pro-market labour reforms.
By Alex Lantier, 9 April 2014
After its defeat in the municipal elections, the Socialist Party is pledging to slash wage levels and is openly appealing to far-right sentiments.
By Kumaran Ira, 8 April 2014
The petty-bourgeois “left” parties seek to block popular opposition to the shift to the right being prepared by the newly-installed Socialist Party government.
By Peter Schwarz, 5 April 2014
The appointment of Manuel Valls as France’s prime minister on a pro-austerity, law-and-order platform exemplifies the rightward shift in European politics.
By Kumaran Ira, 3 April 2014
Socialist Party officials called for shock therapy against the working class as ministers of the new cabinet of Prime Minister Manuel Valls were named.
By Kumaran Ira, 2 April 2014
Despite the massive trade deals signed between China and France, relations between the two countries are dominated by rising geo-strategic tensions.
By Alex Lantier, 2 April 2014
The NPA’s support for a putsch it admits is led by fascist groups constitutes irrefutable proof of its passage into the camp of the blackest political reaction.
Hollande names right-wing interior minister as new premier after defeat in French municipal elections
By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 1 April 2014
By naming Interior Minister Manuel Valls as premier, Hollande is signaling new social cuts and law-and-order policies such as those advocated by the far-right National Front.