France

French National Assembly adopts “global security” ban on filming of police

By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 27 November 2020

The “global security” law threatens fundamental, constitutionally-protected rights and establishes the effective framework of a permanent, fascistic police state.

999 French National Assembly passes ban on photos of police

26 November 2020

French police launch violent crackdown on Paris refugee camp

By Will Morrow, 25 November 2020

Hundreds of homeless refugees were forced to march north until they reached the outer suburbs of Paris, pursued by police throwing teargas canisters as they went.

Macron prepares “global security” law banning the filming of French police

By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 19 November 2020

The law, denounced by the UN, is a desperate attempt to silence rising public anger at social inequality and the official handling of the pandemic with all-out police terror.

25 years since the massive strike wave in France

French workers in revolt

By David Walsh, 18 November 2020

In December 1995, David Walsh traveled to Europe as part of an international team of reporters to provide on-the-spot coverage of the massive strike wave in France. We are re-posting the series of articles today.

Macron government opposes full lock-down as coronavirus deaths climb

By Will Morrow, 17 November 2020

Hundreds of people are continuing to die every day in France as tens of thousands of new coronavirus infections are being reported.

Bowing to right-wing campaign, Canada’s Trudeau apologizes to Macron for being “too soft” on Islamist terrorism

By Laurent Lafrance and Keith Jones, 14 November 2020

As the World Socialist Web Site has demonstrated, it is possible and indeed necessary to denounce and expose the reactionary character of the recent Islamist terrorist attacks without giving any quarter to the anti-democratic, chauvinist agenda and predatory interests of French imperialism

European governments seize upon terrorist attacks in France and Vienna to build a police state

By Johannes Stern, 13 November 2020

Under the pretext of a “fight against terror”, the EU and European heads of government have agreed to expand “Fortress Europe” and further arm the police.

As wildcat teacher strikes continue

French government escalates cover-up of COVID-19 infections in schools

By Samuel Tissot, 11 November 2020

Two government ministries published contradictory figures amid a state campaign to suppress public knowledge of COVID-19 transmission in French schools.

”We are being sacrificed for the profits of big business”

Teachers strike across France against Macron administration’s “herd immunity” policy for schools

By Will Morrow, 11 November 2020

The one-day strike followed a week of walkouts organized by rank-and-file teachers since the resumption of classes following the holiday break last Monday.

Coronavirus pandemic spreads in France despite partial lockdown policies

By Jacques Valentin, 10 November 2020

In a press conference Monday, health director Jérôme Salomon warned that the “peak” remained “ahead of us,” and “the second wave is continuing.”

For a general strike to close schools! Form rank-and-file safety committees of teachers, parents and students!

By Parti de l’égalité socialiste (France), 10 November 2020

Thousands of French teachers will join a nationwide strike today, as strikes voted by local staff meetings have shut dozens of schools since holidays ended Monday.

In face of rising coronavirus infections, teachers, students, and parents express support for European-wide school strike

By Gregor Link, 7 November 2020

From a scientific standpoint, it has long been shown that schools and kindergartens are breeding grounds for the coronavirus.

French teachers’ strikes mount against school openings as pandemic surges

By Will Morrow, 6 November 2020

Teachers across France are continuing to organise strike action at local school meetings as they face catastrophic conditions.

UK teachers, students and parents across England support strike action to close schools, welcome French teacher strikes

By Tania Kent, 6 November 2020

The UK’s lockdown vote took place on the deadliest day for the virus in the country since May, with 492 COVID-19 deaths reported. This was the highest fatality rate per capita of any country in the world that day.

Over 850 dead in 24 hours

After delayed and inadequate lockdown measures, COVID-19 second wave overwhelms France

By Jacques Valentin, 5 November 2020

The government’s policies are dictated by its willingness to tolerate catastrophic levels of death.

Surge in coronavirus pandemic produces deadly situation in hospitals throughout Europe

By Markus Salzmann, 5 November 2020

Experts are warning of the consequences of a shortage of staff and intensive care beds as a massive increase in COVID-19 infections pushes hospitals throughout Europe to their limits.

French police assault students demanding school shutdowns to stop coronavirus spread

By Will Morrow, 4 November 2020

Yesterday, French riot police tear gassed and broke up protests by high school students calling for the closure of their schools to halt the spread of the pandemic.

Teachers strike across France against first day of deadly school reopenings

By Will Morrow, 3 November 2020

Government policy means that schools will act as vectors for the transmission of the virus, countless children will become infected, and will infect family and friends.

French students denounce inadequate partial lockdown

By Samuel Tissot, 2 November 2020

Students denounce abrupt, inadequate second lockdown as confusion and precarity loom large.

Clare Moseley on the horrific plight of English Channel migrants: “They are asking for help, but being treated like criminals”

By Laura Tiernan, 31 October 2020

The founder of refugee charity Care4Calais spoke with the WSWS about this week’s horrific loss of life on the English Channel, including the deaths of three children.

Three killed in terrorist attack on church in Nice, France

By Will Morrow, 30 October 2020

A lone attacker entered the building at 8:30 a.m. armed with a knife and attacked churchgoers who were attending the morning mass.

The fight of the WSWS against the falsification of Marxism

By Alex Lantier, 30 October 2020

The WSWS’s Marxist internationalist perspective set it on an opposed class trajectory to a layer of middle-class parties based on a fusion of Stalinism and identity politics.

Johnson government’s war on migrants turns English Channel into a “graveyard for children”

By Laura Tiernan, 29 October 2020

Driven from their homes by British imperialism’s wars of aggression across the Middle East, these persecuted people have become the latest victims of the Johnson government’s xenophobic “deterrence” regime against immigrants and refugees.

Macron administration wages far-right campaign against “Islamo-leftism”

By Will Morrow, 28 October 2020

The term “Islamo-leftism” is used to define anyone who defends Muslims’ democratic rights and opposes French imperialism as accomplices of terrorism.

As COVID-19 floods hospitals, Macron debates second lockdown in France

By Alex Lantier, 28 October 2020

Europe is recording over 200,000 new cases each day, with France among the continent’s worst-hit countries, regularly reporting 30,000 to 50,000 new cases daily.

French government whitewashes COVID-19 clusters in schools, universities

By Samuel Tissot, 27 October 2020

The reopening of in-person education has been a central element of the murderous, anti-scientific policy of “herd immunity” overseen by the French government.

The policy of “herd immunity” pushes Europe’s health care system toward the abyss

By Anthony Torres, 27 October 2020

With more than 50,000 new cases recorded in France on Sunday, there is a clear danger that hospitals and emergency rooms will once again be overwhelmed.

France recalls ambassador to Turkey over Turkish criticisms of law on Islam

By Alex Lantier, 26 October 2020

The recalling of an ambassador is the most serious gesture taken between states short of a complete breakdown of diplomatic relations and war.

Anti-Muslim hysteria dominates French political establishment after terrorist killing of Samuel Paty

By Will Morrow, 23 October 2020

The anti-Muslim hysteria of the French political establishment is continuing, a week after the terrorist killing of Samuel Paty, a middle-school history and geography teacher in Conflans, on October 16.

No to police-state rule after the terrorist killing of French teacher Samuel Paty!

By Alex Lantier, 22 October 2020

The bankruptcy of communal terrorism is once more exposed. The state uses such atrocities as opportunities to whip up support for authoritarianism and nationalism.

999 Anti-muslim crackdown in France

21 October 2020

Macron launches anti-Muslim police-state crackdown after terror attack in France

By Will Morrow, 20 October 2020

Macron’s policy is indistinguishable from the fascistic ravings of National Rally leader Marine Le Pen.

Macron promotes anti-Muslim “free speech” hypocrisy after terrorist killing

By Will Morrow, 19 October 2020

Less than 48 hours after the murder of a teacher near Paris on Friday, the political establishment launched a campaign for “national unity” behind anti-Muslim laws.

Macron hails herd immunity, rejects lockdown as COVID-19 surges in Europe

By Alex Lantier, 15 October 2020

In a national interview, Macron said non-essential work and in-person schooling would continue and that he is aiming for 90,000-150,000 monthly new COVID-19 cases in France.

French, Spanish hospital workers protest as COVID-19 spreads across Europe

By Will Morrow, 15 October 2020

Protests are driven by demands for desperately-needed resources for hospital workers to fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

French universities enforce de facto herd immunity policy on COVID-19

By Samuel Tissot, 12 October 2020

Despite a nominal commitment to limited measures to contain the virus, in reality French universities are allowing the virus to rapid spread amongst students, accelerating infections and deaths in the wider population.

State of emergency declared in Madrid as COVID-19 resurgence sweeps Europe

By Jordan Shilton, 10 October 2020

New daily infections in Europe Friday surpassed the 100,000 mark for the second day running.

Germany, France to sanction Russia over Navalny’s alleged poisoning

By Clara Weiss, 10 October 2020

Nothing published by the OPCW and the imperialist powers on the poisoning of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny can be taken at face value.

Macron’s anti-Islamic separatism law: The death throes of French democracy

By Alex Lantier, 8 October 2020

This bill, which would impose control of Islam by the state and mass survaillance of the population, exposes the fascistic and anti-secular policies of the Macron government.

New Caledonia rejects independence from France for second time

By John Braddock, 7 October 2020

With a growing economic crisis and social tensions, the referendum result was deeply divided with just 53 per cent voting against independence.

French Medical Association denounces official inaction on pandemic

By Alex Lantier, 1 October 2020

The herd immunity policy decided by President Emmanuel Macron raises the risk of another terrible spike in deaths, worse than last spring.

Bridgestone, Total shut plants as COVID-19 layoffs sweep Europe

By Anthony Torres, 1 October 2020

After receiving billions of euros from the public purse in the form of European Union bailouts, European corporations are drastically cutting jobs.

COVID-19: French NPA’s Révolution Permanente web site lines up with Macron’s school re-opening

By Anthony Torres, 22 September 2020

Factions of France’s New Anti-capitalist Party linked to Argentina’s Socialist Workers Party (PTS) tacitly back a return to school endangering millions.

France imposes return to school without protections against COVID-19

By Jacques Valentin, 16 September 2020

With over 1,200 schools and universities affected, France faces a resurgent pandemic provoked by the reopening drive by the highest state authorities.

Greece buys billions in French arms amid war tensions with Turkey

By Alex Lantier, 14 September 2020

The purchase of a squadron of fighter jets and four warships marks a major escalation in the military standoff between Greece, backed by France, and Turkey.

Revelation of US government conspiracy on COVID-19 exposes EU herd immunity policy

By Alex Lantier, 12 September 2020

Revelations that US officials conspired to lie to the public about the severity of the coronavirus pandemic also expose the politically criminal role of the EU.

Unsubmissive France leader Jean-luc Mélenchon boasts of discussion with big business

By Anthony Torres, 8 September 2020

Mélenchon’s boast demonstrates the class orientation of his party Unsubmissive France and the other “left populist” European parties

For a general strike against the reopening of schools!

By the Political Committee of the Parti de l’égalité socialiste (France), 4 September 2020

The Parti de l’égalité socialiste calls on teachers, youth and workers in France and internationally to oppose the reopening of schools.

French President Macron lays down the law in Lebanon

By Jean Shaoul, 3 September 2020

Macron’s aim was to create the conditions for the return to power of a French puppet, billionaire Sa’ad Hariri, and to eliminate the power of Hezbollah.

Despite COVID-19, French billionaires have tripled their wealth since 2010

By Kumaran Ira, 25 August 2020

The accumulation of obscene levels of wealth by a small financial aristocracy is the product of decades of austerity imposed by governments of various political colors.

French NPA’s Révolution permanente site hails pro-imperialist coup in Mali

By Alex Lantier, 25 August 2020

This web site, linked to the Socialist Workers Party (PTS) of Argentina, hailed a putsch led by a junta of colonels that has proclaimed its loyalty to the French occupation of Mali.

European countries force children back to school amid resurgence of COVID-19

By Alejandro López, 22 August 2020

The drive to reopen schools after the summer break continues unabated throughout Europe as the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates across the continent.

Pro-imperialist coup topples Malian President Keïta

By Alex Lantier, 21 August 2020

The coup leaders exploited growing anger among workers and youth at Keïta, but then declared they would support France’s neo-colonial occupation of their country.

Sudanese refugee drowns attempting to cross English Channel

By Robert Stevens, 21 August 2020

Family members say the victim had his claim for asylum in France refused, and risked the dangerous sea crossing seeking a better life.

France holds joint military exercises with Greece, threatening Turkey

By Ulaş Ateşçi and Alex Lantier, 14 August 2020

Mounting tensions between NATO powers threaten to blow up the alliance as the pandemic intensifies pre-existing conflicts over oil and strategic advantage.

Johnson government deploys armed forces against refugees making Channel crossings

By Tony Robson, 12 August 2020

These inhumane, illegal, and xenophobic measures must be opposed. What is being legitimised is state repression and a further evisceration of the right to asylum.

French government ends social distancing requirements in schools as classes set to resume

By Will Morrow, 12 August 2020

An analysis of the back-to-school plans makes clear the fraudulent and essentially homicidal character of the Macron administration’s policy.

Pro-police #MeToo campaign targets French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin

By Will Morrow, 4 August 2020

The demands for Darmanin’s resignation over alleged sexual misconduct have intensified since his elevation to the powerful post of interior minister this month.

French state sues mayor for linking police repression to pro-Nazi Vichy regime

By Alex Lantier, 29 July 2020

The lawsuit against Colombes Mayor Patrick Chaimovitch tramples on historical truth and basic democratic rights.

Retail workers strike in France as wage cuts and layoffs spread

By Will Morrow, 28 July 2020

The unions’ central concern is to prevent a movement of the entire working class in France and across Europe against layoffs and European Union austerity measures.

London bus drivers launch crowdfund appeal for family of murdered French bus driver: “Help the family of Philippe Monguillot!”

By Laura Tiernan, 25 July 2020

London drivers launched the crowdfund for Monguillot’s family two weeks ago and are appealing for support.

EU Summit agrees to €750 billion fund for the banks and corporations

By Will Morrow, 22 July 2020

The agreement will provide a new revenue stream for European states to give handouts to corporations, and a new mechanism for austerity across the continent.

Fire damages historic Nantes cathedral in France

By Will Morrow, 20 July 2020

While the structure of the building so far appears to have been saved, the greatest losses are the organ and stained-glass windows behind it, which were destroyed.

Unsubmissive France leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon calls for massive French military build-up

By Will Morrow, 18 July 2020

Mélenchon’s criticism of the Macron administration is from the right: that it is not sufficiently aggressive in its pursuit of French imperialist interests.

New French prime minister Jean Castex calls for stepped-up police repression

By Alex Lantier, 17 July 2020

On July 15 Castex presented at the National Assembly the European Union policies decided upon by President Macron in discussion with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

French nurses denounce sellout as thousands protest on Bastille Day

By Will Morrow, 15 July 2020

The deal has been hailed by the Macron government and international media as an “historic” sign that health staff are receiving just recognition for their sacrifices.

French trade unions agree to attacks on healthcare system amid coronavirus pandemic

By Will Morrow, 13 July 2020

As far as the capitalist class is concerned, if more workers die, particularly elderly workers no longer able to produce profits for employers, this can be a positive good.

French-backed security forces in the Sahel guilty of mass extrajudicial executions

By Will Morrow, 10 July 2020

The report exposes the Franco-German-led war as a neo-colonial intervention to subjugate the resource-rich and geo-strategically critical region and its population.

Bombing of Turkey’s Watiya base escalates Franco-Italian proxy war in Libya

By Alex Lantier, 8 July 2020

The decade-long civil war between rival imperialist-backed warlords triggered by the 2011 NATO war in Libya is spiraling out of control.

Macron administration announces new French cabinet

By Will Morrow, 7 July 2020

Since Castex’s appointment as prime minister Friday, it is already clear the new cabinet will be charged with escalating the anti-worker policies of the previous one.

Naming new French prime minister, Macron coordinates austerity with unions

By Alex Lantier, 4 July 2020

Jean Castex is being brought in to coordinate with the unions the draconian austerity policies that Macron and the banks will impose amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

French unions collaborate with employers to impose mass layoffs as COVID-19 crisis deepens

By Will Morrow, 4 July 2020

As an international wave of layoffs and plant closures comes in France, the trade unions are working closely with the Macron government and employers to suppress workers’ opposition to this assault.

Inhuman Resources: In French Netflix series, an unemployed man takes extreme measures

By Joanne Laurier, 3 July 2020

The French Netflix miniseries concerns the plight of a middle-aged, middle class man who seeks to redress his long-term unemployment through extreme measures.

Merkel, Macron promote EU militarism amid growing conflicts with Washington

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 30 June 2020

The leaders of Germany and France called for stepped-up military spending and austerity to ensure Europe’s ability to wage war independently from Washington.

WHO warns of “very significant” coronavirus resurgence in Europe

By Will Morrow, 27 June 2020

The resurgence is driven by governments’ reopening policy, whose aim is the full resumption of corporate profit-making, regardless of the threat to workers.

France backs Egypt’s threat to intervene against Turkey in Libyan war

By Alex Lantier, 24 June 2020

Even as COVID-19 threatens millions in Africa, the NATO powers risk escalating their nine-year carve-up of Libya into a major regional or even global conflict.

Global outrage over violent police arrest of 50-year-old French nurse Farida

By Will Morrow, 20 June 2020

The response of the French ruling class to health care workers’ demands for increased resources to combat the pandemic in decent and safe conditions is naked repression.

Air France-KLM prepares to slash at least 6,000 jobs

By Anthony Torres, 20 June 2020

After receiving a €7 billion public bailout, the French-Dutch airline is preparing to slash between 6,000 and 10,000 jobs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Financier of 1994 Rwandan genocide Félicien Kabuga arrested in Paris

By Jacques Valentin, 20 June 2020

Kabuga, who financed and helped equip the genocidal Interahamwe militias, had been located by police in 2007 but was still living quietly in the Paris suburbs.

Top French general announces preparations for “state against state” wars

By Will Morrow, 19 June 2020

Drawing an analogy to the coronavirus pandemic, Burkhard stated that the eruption of a major war “is missing only the patient zero of the epidemic war.”

Macron unleashes riot police against French health care protests

By Will Morrow, 17 June 2020

The Macron administration organized a violent assault on health care workers who just weeks earlier were self-servingly hailed for their sacrifice during the pandemic.

French state hands €15 billion bailout to Airbus and Air France

By Kumaran Ira, 17 June 2020

While aerospace firms are receiving massive financial support from the state, they are preparing restructuring plans to slash jobs, wages and benefits.

Macron announces mass bankruptcies and layoffs as coronavirus restrictions are ended

By Alex Lantier, 16 June 2020

With Macron’s brief televised address, the ruling class is declaring an international class war against workers.

Tens of thousands protest in Paris against police killings of George Floyd and Adama Traoré

By Will Morrow, 15 June 2020

Tens of thousands filled the Place de la République in central Paris on Saturday afternoon to protest police violence and demand justice for the killings.

French daily Le Figaro reports that Macron considering early resignation

By Alex Lantier, 13 June 2020

The coronavirus pandemic and the international protests against the police murders of George Floyd and Adama Traoré have profoundly destabilized the government.

Protests erupt in France against police violence and Trump’s coup d’état

By Alex Lantier, 5 June 2020

After the anti-constitutional threats by Trump to deploy the military against protests in the United States, 20,000 people demonstrated in Paris on Tuesday.

German and French trade unions back Merkel and Macron’s recovery programme

By Peter Schwarz, 30 May 2020

Trade union support for the recovery programme is a signal to Paris and Berlin that they can rely on the unflinching support on the unions in combating rivals on the global market and implementing attacks on the working class.

After French bailout, Renault-Nissan announces global jobs massacre

By Alex Lantier, 26 May 2020

Four plants in France, three in Spain and tens of thousands of jobs worldwide are targeted amid a savage restructuring of the global auto industry.

Reopened schools close across France as coronavirus found among students and staff

By Will Morrow, 26 May 2020

Two weeks after the reopening of schools began in France, more than 70 schools have been forced to close as coronavirus cases have been found among students and teachers.

Merkel and Macron’s European bailout: €500 billion for trade war and austerity

By Peter Schwarz, 22 May 2020

Merkel and Macron see the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to strengthen their countries’ position in the world market and reorganise the European economy in the interests of the major corporations.

Spike in Kawasaki-like disease linked to coronavirus in France and Italy, one child dies

By Will Morrow, 18 May 2020

This is a damning indictment of capitalist governments internationally which are reopening schools and asserting that the virus does not harm children.

COVID-19: Mélenchon offers national unity with France’s banks

By Anthony Torres and Alexandre Lantier, 14 May 2020

Mélenchon hails the Sacred Union between the far-right and social democracy in World War I as a model to keep social cohesion despite mass COVID-19 deaths.

For collective strike action against the end of the COVID-19 lockdown!

By the National Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (France), 11 May 2020

The mass opposition of workers against the return to work in France and internationally, which threatens millions of lives, must be politically mobilized.

Macron government ending coronavirus lockdown beginning this Monday

By Alex Lantier, 9 May 2020

The government’s reckless decision, in line with similar measures underway across Europe and the US, puts countless lives at risk.

French Senate votes to give officials legal indemnity over coronavirus infections

By Jacques Valentin, 9 May 2020

The provisions cover the entire period since the state declared a national health emergency in March, and apply to elected representatives, ministers, civil servants and employers.

French unions complicit in Macron’s May 11 return-to-work policy

By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 6 May 2020

The CGT is refusing to call any strike action as Macron is pushing workers back into their workplaces next Monday.

Euro zone economy contracts at record pace

By Nick Beams, 2 May 2020

The European Central Bank has taken the same road as the US Fed, committing itself to pump still more money across the board into the financial markets.

Prime Minister Philippe announces premature end of the lockdown in France

By Alexandre Lantier and Anthony Torres, 30 April 2020

The decision puts hundreds of thousands of lives at risk that have been saved by the insistence of the working class on measures to contain the disease.

Police in Seine-Saint-Denis suburbs of Paris prepare for food riots

By Anthony Torres, 27 April 2020

Hundreds of thousands of people in working class suburbs risk falling ill in frontline jobs, or going hungry while sheltering at home without any state support.