The 2017 presidential elections in France
By Alex Lantier, 20 May 2017
Thursday’s edition of L’Obs magazine revealed that the outgoing Socialist Party government planned a coup d’état if National Front candidate Marine Le Pen had won the May 7 presidential elections.
By Alex Lantier, 19 May 2017
According to L'Obs the plan aimed not to keep Le Pen out of office, but to crush anti-fascist protests, impose martial law, and force Le Pen to work with a social democratic government.
By Francis Dubois, 18 May 2017
Edouard Philippe, named to the post of prime minister May 15 by newly elected President Emmanuel Macron, presented his cabinet yesterday afternoon.
By Alex Lantier, 17 May 2017
The cabinet is to be announced Wednesday, with a delay of 24 hours, after verification of future ministers’ tax status and potential conflicts of interest.
By Kumaran Ira, 17 May 2017
At a convention to launch a campaign for the upcoming legislative elections, Mélenchon asserted that his Unsubmissive France movement will be able to “govern the country.”
By Alex Lantier, 16 May 2017
Macron’s friendly meeting with Merkel shows that his election as president is part of a social counterrevolution being waged across Europe.
By Anthony Torres, 16 May 2017
The only way forward is a broad mobilization of workers to defend jobs at GM&S in a break with the union bureaucracies and in opposition to newly elected President Emmanuel Macron.
By Alex Lantier, 15 May 2017
In a display of militarism and reaction, the newly elected president pledged to rekindle France’s “spirit of conquest” by expanding the military and waging a full-scale offensive against workers’ living standards.
By Alex Lantier, 12 May 2017
Over six in 10 voters have said that they do not want Macron to obtain a majority in the National Assembly, due to his warmongering and anti-working class policies.
By Robert Stevens, 12 May 2017
Mason claims that the former Rothschild banker Emmanuel Macron has given “French democracy, Europeanism and globalism another chance.”
By Alex Lantier, 11 May 2017
The two main forces that together supported Mélenchon’s presidential bid will run as opponents in the legislative elections next month.
By Alex Lantier, 9 May 2017
Macron’s actions have rapidly exposed the fraudulent claims of his media and political supporters that he would defend democracy and block the rise of neo-fascism.
By Alex Lantier, 8 May 2017
Over four million people cast blank or spoiled ballots to express their hostility to both candidates presented by the French political establishment.
By Alex Lantier, 6 May 2017
Class conflict of revolutionary dimensions is being prepared in France as social anger builds against both presidential candidates.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 6 May 2017
Ahead of Sunday’s presidential run-off election, the New Anti-capitalist Party is working to subordinate workers and youth to the candidate of austerity and war, Emmanuel Macron.
By Kumaran Ira, 5 May 2017
Bitter divisions are erupting within Les Républicains over whether to endorse presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron against neo-fascist Marine Le Pen.
By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 4 May 2017
Over the course of 150 minutes, the fascist Le Pen and the ex-banker Macron alternated between insulting each other and braying for militarism and state repression.
By Athiyan Silva, 4 May 2017
Behind the backs of the French people, the Socialist Party government and presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron are joining the US-led war drive against North Korea.
By our reporters, 4 May 2017
The comments of two young Parisians express growing opposition to both On the March candidate Emanuel Macron and National Front candidate Marine Le Pen.
By Johannes Stern, 4 May 2017
These remarks were delivered by Johannes Stern, a leading member of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, the German section of the ICFI, at the first public meeting of the Parti de l’égalité socialiste on May Day in Paris.
By Alex Lantier, 3 May 2017
Unsubmissive France leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon is seeking to entrap opposition to both presidential candidates in the straitjacket of an alliance with Emmanuel Macron.
By our reporters, 3 May 2017
The Parti de l'égalité socialiste's meeting, attended by over 60 people, was the first public event of a French section of the International Committee of the Fourth International since 1971.
By Francis Dubois, 2 May 2017
Workers and youth throughout France sense that the calls to “block” Le Pen from the political establishment are barely disguised appeals to vote for the former banker Macron.
By our reporters, 2 May 2017
The first public meeting of the PES, the French section of the ICFI, since its founding last year attracted an audience of more than 60 workers and students from across France.
May Day 2017
By Alex Lantier, 2 May 2017
The PES' campaign for an active boycott of the election is the revolutionary alternative to the impotent parliamentary maneuvers proposed by Mélenchon.
By Kumaran Ira, 1 May 2017
As the French two-party political system collapses, the National Front is developing overt ties with more traditional sections of the French right.
By Alex Lantier, 29 April 2017
Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s declaration that he will participate in the May 7 vote but keep secret for whom he votes is an admission that he has no independent political line.
By Alex Lantier, 28 April 2017
The critical issue facing youth protesting the elections is to turn to the working class, in defiance of the media’s reactionary pro-Macron propaganda.
By Julie Hyland, 27 April 2017
Britain’s right-wing media are concerned that Macron will be unable to enforce his agenda under conditions of widespread political alienation and hostility to the ruling elite.
By Political Committee of the Parti de l'égalité socialiste, 27 April 2017
The arguments put forward to try to blackmail the French people into voting for Macron, the preferred candidate of finance capital, against the neo-fascist Le Pen are a combination of sophistries and lies.
By Alex Lantier, 26 April 2017
After Macron and Le Pen advanced to the second round, the French president's gesture was intended to delegitimize opposition to Le Pen's neo-fascist National Front.
By Johannes Stern, 26 April 2017
All the major parties have hailed the results of the first round of the French presidential election.
By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 25 April 2017
Despite claims that Emmanuel Macron represents a “democratic” alternative to the fascistic Marine Le Pen, the former banker seeks to extend France's anti-democratic state of emergency, impose drastic austerity and re-establish the draft.
By Alex Lantier, 24 April 2017
As France’s traditional two-party system collapses, neo-fascist candidate Marine Le Pen has emerged as a contender for state power.
By Alex Lantier, 22 April 2017
As tens of millions of voters prepare to go to the polls Sunday, an intervention by elements in the French state machine is underway to swing the elections to the right.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 21 April 2017
The day before Thursday's attack, French authorities said they planned to put 50,000 troops in the streets on Election Day, effectively holding the election at gunpoint.
By Alex Lantier, 21 April 2017
On Wednesday night, the New Anti-capitalist Party held the final campaign meeting of its presidential candidate, Philippe Poutou, in the north suburbs of Paris.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 20 April 2017
After the arrest of two suspected Islamic State sympathizers, authorities plan to deploy 50,000 soldiers and policemen on Sunday for the first round of presidential elections.
No to war and nationalism! Build the PES!
19 April 2017
Growing demands for peace and an end to austerity herald decisive class struggles, for which the working class urgently needs a new revolutionary leadership.
By Stéphane Hugues, 14 April 2017
French officials are seizing on the fire to justify rapidly shutting down a camp they have publicly been calling to dismantle for months.
By Alex Lantier, 11 April 2017
Mélenchon is seeking to speak to a growing left-wing and anti-war sentiment in the French population, but he will only disappoint the hopes he is awakening.
By Alex Lantier, 11 April 2017
The NPA is defending the war, shamelessly denouncing any opposition to the reckless US military escalation as support for mass murder by the Syrian regime.
By Anthony Torres, 8 April 2017
The French “left” daily published front-page pictures of gassed Syrian children in an odious attempt to stampede public opinion into accepting an imperialist intervention in Syria.
By Alex Lantier, 6 April 2017
The fractious debate between all 11 French presidential candidates reflected the fear of growing social opposition by the French ruling class.
By Alex Lantier, 5 April 2017
The WSWS evaluation of Mélenchon as a pro-war, nationalist politician whose call for restoring the draft underscores the growing danger of war is correct.
By Alex Lantier, 4 April 2017
French intelligence has launched a reactionary media campaign, insinuating that protesters are agents of Beijing or of the Chinese mafia.
By Kumaran Ira, 3 April 2017
Mélenchon, an ally of Greece’s Syriza government, is carrying out a campaign to support policies of war and police-state rule.
By Alex Lantier, 29 March 2017
According to Liu’s family, police battered down the door of his apartment and immediately shot him in cold blood.
By Alex Lantier, 27 March 2017
The European Union is responding to Britain’s exit by seeking to convert itself into an aggressive military bloc rivaling the United States.
By Alex Lantier, 22 March 2017
On Monday night, 9.8 million people watched a three-hour television debate between the five leading candidates in the French presidential elections.
By Alex Lantier, 21 March 2017
Macron’s statement is a warning for the population of France and the world of the advanced state of planning for wider wars.
By our reporters, 20 March 2017
Social tensions are rising in the run-up to the April-May elections, amid a relentlessly right-wing, law-and-order atmosphere whipped up by all factions of the ruling elite.
By Alex Lantier and Stéphane Hugues, 10 March 2017
Growing sections of Fillon’s own Les Républicains party fear that the candidate will be unable to defeat neo-fascist Marine Le Pen in this year’s presidential election.
By Anthony Torres, 10 March 2017
Amidst growing opposition among workers, the trade unions are calling strikes against contracts that the unions themselves have already signed.
By Alex Lantier, 7 March 2017
The danger of an FN victory in the French elections is the product of the reactionary social and war policy pursued by the EU, and by Hollande in France.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 7 March 2017
Extreme right-wing positions that would have been identified with the neo-fascist National Front in another era have become commonplace in French bourgeois politics.
By Alex Lantier, 3 March 2017
It is not the French political elite’s undeniable corruption, but deep geo-strategic conflicts among the NATO powers, that are driving the scandal around Fillon.
By Anthony Torres, 28 February 2017
The protests point to the gulf between popular sentiment and the field of presidential candidates, all of whom support stepped-up powers and staffing levels for police.
By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 25 February 2017
The neo-fascist party’s emergence as a contender for power points to the deep crisis of bourgeois rule in France and across Europe.
By Anthony Torres, 21 February 2017
With the Socialist Party deeply unpopular under President François Hollande, the Left Front is seeking an alliance with it without daring to endorse its policies.
By Alice Laurençon, 18 February 2017
The National Front opponents in the French ruling elite are increasingly anxious about the growing possibility of an FN victory in the presidential elections.
By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 17 February 2017
A vicious faction fight has erupted inside the French ruling elite, after Fillon proposed to reorient French and European foreign policy towards Russia.
By Kumaran Ira, 16 February 2017
Jean-Luc Mélenchon's repudiation of the working class as a political force exposes the entire nationalist, pseudo-left milieu to which the New Anti-capitalist Party belongs.
By Peter Schwarz, 16 February 2017
Wolfgang Ischinger, the Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, proposed defending the “Western order of values” by means of a massive increase in military spending.
By Anthony Torres, 14 February 2017
The Socialist Party deployed large numbers of police under the state of emergency against youth protesting a sexual assault by police in a poor suburb of Paris.
By Alex Lantier, 14 February 2017
The wife of François Fillon, the right wing Les Républicains’ candidate, received about €900,000 at no-show government jobs.
By Johannes Stern, 11 February 2017
In an interview with the conservative daily Die Welt, Left Party founder Oscar Lafontaine spoke out in favour of a stricter deportation policy.
By Anthony Torres, 10 February 2017
Thursday morning an explosion in the machine shop of the Flamanville nuclear plant started a fire that was only brought under control after midday.
By Stéphane Hugues, 10 February 2017
The indictment of Sarkozy is part of the escalating wave of scandals and legal infighting engulfing his party in the 2017 French presidential campaign.
By Kumaran Ira, 8 February 2017
Calling himself “neither left nor right,” Macron is running a presidential campaign proposing deep austerity to restore French business competitiveness.
By Alex Lantier, 7 February 2017
After a weekend in which several leading candidates gave major speeches to launch their campaign, there is enormous uncertainty over the French presidential election.
By Kumaran Ira, 7 February 2017
Four police officers have been charged with assaulting an innocent 22-year-old in a working-class suburb of Paris.
By Alice Laurençon, 4 February 2017
While demanding that the working class endure draconian austerity measures, the ruling elite is able to procure hundreds of thousands of euros of public funds for their own benefit.
By Alex Lantier, 2 February 2017
In response to Trump’s protectionist threats against Europe and criticisms of the euro, Germany and its closest allies are preparing a major military and police buildup.
By Alex Lantier, 31 January 2017
Official criticisms of Trump aim to shield the European Union from rising anger at the persecution of migrants, and assert European imperialist interests against Washington.
By Alice Laurençon, 30 January 2017
With broad sections of the PS moving to endorse right-wing banker Emmanuel Macron, the party is threatened with political collapse after Hamon’s victory.
By Alex Lantier, 28 January 2017
Charges that François Fillon’s wife received €600,000 for jobs where she did no work, which were made just after Fillon called for closer ties to Moscow, could end his campaign.
By Anthony Torres, 27 January 2017
Popular opposition to President Hollande’s policies of war, austerity, and police state rule cannot find any expression through PS “rebel” candidate Benoît Hamon.
By Alice Laurençon, 25 January 2017
The purpose of Fillon’s meetings in Berlin was to prepare a policy of countering, with military power if necessary, hostile moves from Washington.
By Alex Lantier, 24 January 2017
The apparent manipulation of the voter turnout by Socialist Party officials highlighted sharp conflicts in the PS as it faces disaster in the 2017 elections.
By Alex Lantier, 23 January 2017
French President François Hollande’s government suffered another humiliating setback last night in the presidential primary of his Socialist Party.
By Alice Laurençon, 23 January 2017
Forty-six PS officials in the Lyon region signed a manifesto on January 17 calling for a boycott of the presidential primaries of their own party.
By Jean Shaoul, 17 January 2017
The Paris meeting demonstrates the futility of seeking a way forward for for the Palestinian people through a filthy deal between the Palestinian bourgeoisie, the Israeli government and the reactionary Arab states.
By Alex Lantier, 14 January 2017
Despite fears of a Socialist Party electoral collapse, not a single candidate forthrightly criticized Hollande or called for a shift in policy in the interests of working people.
By Anthony Torres, 13 January 2017
Despite anti-Russian hysteria in the media, no concrete evidence has been produced to show that Moscow hacked election results either in the United States or France.
By Kumaran Ira, 11 January 2017
According to recent investigative reports, the Socialist Party has massively stepped up the French state’s extrajudicial murder program, assassinating at least 40 people.
By Alex Lantier, 7 January 2017
Conflicts between US intelligence, Donald Trump and France’s National Front point to geopolitical tensions underlying anti-Russian hysteria in America and Europe.
By Anthony Torres, 31 December 2016
Pierre de Villiers, the chief of staff of the French armed forces, is calling for an increase in military spending to 2 percent of France’s gross domestic product.
By Alex Lantier, 20 December 2016
As French finance minister in 2008, Lagarde failed to do due diligence to oppose calls for a €400 million state payoff to corporate raider Bernard Tapie.
By Alex Lantier, 15 December 2016
Basic democratic rights will continue to be suspended in France until July 2017, after next year’s presidential elections in May 2017.
By Kumaran Ira, 7 December 2016
This is the first time since the creation of the office of the French presidency in 1958 that a first-term incumbent has chosen not to run for re-election.
By Alice Laurençon, 29 November 2016
Responsibility for the rise of Fillon and the far right lies above all with organizations like the NPA, which have blocked opposition to the PS from the left.
By Alex Lantier, 28 November 2016
Fillon’s victory as the candidate of The Republicans signifies a sharp shift to the right toward intensified austerity, nationalism and militarism.
By Alex Lantier and Alice Laurençon, 25 November 2016
François Fillon and Alain Juppé, who will run Sunday in the second round of the French right’s presidential primary, held one last debate on Thursday night.
By Anthony Torres, 23 November 2016
The election bid points to the advanced state of disintegration of François Hollande’s government and of the Socialist Party, which is anticipating a debacle in the elections.
By Kumaran Ira, 22 November 2016
The former leader of the Republican and Citizen Movement is trying to assemble a political coalition, including the neo-fascist National Front, to pursue nationalist policies.
By John Braddock, 22 November 2016
Armed clashes between Kanak youth and police in the small French Pacific territory point to explosive social tensions.
By Alice Laurençon, 21 November 2016
The media presented the Les Républicains primary as determining the candidate who will most likely run against Marine Le Pen of the neo-fascist National Front in the second round of the presidential elections next year.