Tag Archives: France

Strike wave grips France in opposition to Macron regime

By Finghin Kelly  Strikes have been gripping France for over a month now in opposition to attempts by the Macron government to attack workers’ pension rights. Railway workers led the strikes, starting in early December, which then broadened out to bring in teachers, lawyers, healthcare workers, airline staff and even dancers at the Paris Opera house. The protests on 5 ...

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France. Build for an indefinite general strike everywhere!

By Nicolas Croes (our sister organisation in Belgium) The first day of strikes and protests against French President Macron’s proposed reform of the pension system was a resounding and historic success. On Thursday 5th December, there were nearly 250 demonstrations across France attended by no less than 1,5 million people. This compares with the first day of the movement against ...

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France: Massive support for general strike against pension ‘reform’

By Simon D. LSP/PSL (our sister organisation in Belgium) According to an IFOP survey, 64% of French people believe that the general strike of Thursday 5 December is justified. President Macron’s pension reform is going badly. The list of sectors calling for a strike has grown steadily (railway workers at SNCF, transport workers at RATP, air traffic controllers, transport, energy ...

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France: The rise of the Yellow Vest movement

By Eljeer Hawkins, Socialist Alternative (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the US) “Yellow Vests” (“Gilets Jaune” named after roadside-safety vests) are a mass popular movement against the current establishment. It is a revolt that has been simmering in France for years. A revolt by ordinary people against the current political system…”- Pamela Anderson, Actress and Activist, 12/4/18. The ...

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France in revolt

By Clare Doyle, Committee for a Workers International (the international socialist organisation to which the Socialist Party in Ireland is affiliated) For more than a month now, since 17 November, France has seen an apparently unstoppable revolt from below. A massive tide of very visible protest has swept the country, initially against a rise in the tax on diesel, but ...

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French workers and young people fight anti-worker labour law

By Clare Doyle France’s ‘Socialist’ president – Francois Hollande – has this week taken the fight over the country’s labour law to a new level. After months of protests and demonstrations, the bill was heading for defeat in the National Assembly. Nearly 5,000 amendments had been submitted and at least 40 parliamentarians were going to vote against it, including 20 ...

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“Nuit Debout”: French workers and young people take to the streets

By Naomi Byron Striking workers from the railways, car factories, supermarkets, hospitals, offices and banks joined students and youth in mass demonstrations across France on 28 April. Led by lycée (further education) students, the Paris march was 60,000 strong, according to the CGT union federation. This was the latest day of action in a growing movement against a labour law ...

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Horrific terror attacks in Paris

By Cillian Gillespie The first week of January witnessed horror on the streets of Paris with the horrific killing of twelve people in the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a police officer and four Jewish people in a kosher shop two days later. These inexcusable criminal attacks must be unreservedly condemned. They have shocked and horrified working class ...

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