By Peter Schwarz, 25 November 2015
The real reason for the explosion of US militarism after 9/11 was the crisis of US imperialism on a global scale and growing class tensions within the US itself. The same applies to the response to the Paris attacks.
By Robert Stevens, 24 November 2015
The British prime minister’s meeting with French President François Hollande was aimed at securing a vote in the UK parliament for war in Syria.
By Alex Lantier, 24 November 2015
Popular frustration rose yesterday across Belgium as contradictions mounted in the official justifications for the continuing police lockdown of Brussels.
By James Lerner and Alejandro López, 24 November 2015
Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has offered to replace French troops deployed in missions in Africa so Paris can free up more forces for the fight against Islamic State (IS), both in France itself and in Syria and Iraq.
By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 21 November 2015
As the government imposes a state of emergency, the employers federation is calling on businesses to report any suspect remark by workers to the police.
By Thomas Gaist, 21 November 2015
There are already signs that the United States and France are seizing on the attack to intensify their military operations on the continent.
By Andre Damon, 20 November 2015
The lower house of the French Parliament voted 551-6 to extend the state of emergency that lets police carry out warrant-less searches and break up meetings and demonstrations.
By Alex Lantier, 19 November 2015
Hollande’s proposed amendments to the French Constitution provide the legal basis for transforming France into a presidential dictatorship.
By Stéphane Hugues, 19 November 2015
Residents in the center of Saint Denis, a northern suburb of Paris, were woken up at 4:30 a.m. in the morning by an enormous explosion and heavy gunfire.
By Anthony Torres, 19 November 2015
The modification of the French Constitution paves the way for security forces to ban strikes, demonstrations or any public meetings that displease the authorities.
By Andre Damon, 19 November 2015
The US public radio station described the neo-fascist Front National as “the largest political party in France” without mentioning its history of anti-Semitism and holocaust denial.
By Alex Lantier, 18 November 2015
The international coalition the French government claims it is trying to assemble with Russia and the US against the Islamic State militia is riven with contradictions.
By Kumaran Ira, 18 November 2015
As divisions emerge in ruling circles over the Syrian crisis, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is seeking to mend ties with the imperialist powers.
By Alex Lantier and Stéphane Hugues, 17 November 2015
Hollande’s announcements make clear that he intends to modify the French constitution to give the government the power to impose an indefinite state of emergency.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 November 2015
Terrorism, from the standpoint of the American state, is a useful tactic when directed against Washington’s enemies. It is merely part of the cost of doing business when it hits the US and its allies.
By Johannes Stern, 17 November 2015
Right-wing circles in German politics and the media are exploiting the shock over the attacks in Paris to make increasingly explicit appeals for authoritarianism and militarism.
By Chris Marsden, 17 November 2015
Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, cancelled plans to make a speech defending his previously stated opposition to British escalation in Syria.
By Roger Jordan, 17 November 2015
Broad sections of the ruling elite have seized on the Paris attacks to demand the Liberals renege on their election pledge to end the Canadian military’s bombing of Iraq and Syria.
By Nick Beams, 16 November 2015
The major imperialist powers are moving rapidly to escalate their military intervention in Syria in the wake of Friday night’s terror attack in Paris.
By Alex Lantier and Barry Grey, 16 November 2015
The criminal assault on innocent civilians in Paris is the predictable outcome of US and European imperialism’s relentless escalation of military operations in the Middle East.
By Kumaran Ira, 16 November 2015
The Socialist Party government plans to extend the current state of emergency for three months or possibly indefinitely.
By Robert Stevens, 16 November 2015
The Paris attacks resulted in calls from the media and sections of the military for Britain to take a central part in military strikes in Syria.
By Alex Lantier, 14 November 2015
More than 14 years of the “War on Terror” have created a climate of escalating violence of which the atrocity in Paris is a tragic example.
By Kumaran Ira, 12 November 2015
The Hexagone-Balard defence complex is part of multibillion-euro surge in military spending.
By Kumaran Ira, 9 November 2015
The government hopes that by all but suspending the Labour Code, it can boost profits by pushing through attacks on the scale of the Hartz IV reforms in Germany.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 6 November 2015
Individuals linked to the French and Dominican military and police have illegally "rescued" two French pilots found guilty of drug smuggling.
By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 4 November 2015
Hollande’s was the latest in a series of high-level state visits highlighting Europe’s ever-closer relations with China.
By Stéphane Hugues, 31 October 2015
Sarkozy met with Putin on Wednesday to discuss ways to end the Ukrainian crisis and sanctions on Russia, and forge a joint coalition with Russia in Syria.
By Alex Lantier, 26 October 2015
François Hollande and Syriza have been working together closely to block the eruption of mass opposition in the working class to austerity across Europe.
By Stéphane Hugues, 24 October 2015
The speed with which flames engulfed the bus and claimed the lives of dozens of people raises troubling questions as to the safety of the vehicles involved.
By Stéphane Hugues, 23 October 2015
The Socialist Party’s attempt to burnish its image by holding a referendum on whether to unite the “left” in the upcoming regional elections was a resounding failure.
By Anthony Torres, 22 October 2015
By reducing the number of job cuts anticipated in the near future at Air France, the French state is trying to prevent an explosion of social struggle against its austerity policies.
By Alex Lantier, 20 October 2015
Whatever the nationality of the fighter jet that nearly collided with a Russian jetliner near Geneva, it is clear that a serious diplomatic incident occurred.
By Alex Lantier, 19 October 2015
The airstrike on Raqqa is a decisive step in the degeneration of bourgeois democracy in France.
By Kumaran Ira, 14 October 2015
The arrest of the strikers is a deliberate act of political intimidation aimed at the working class as a whole, which is broadly sympathetic to the strikers.
By Stéphane Hugues, 13 October 2015
The Socialist Party government claimed those targeted might in future carry out terrorist attacks in France.
By our reporters, 8 October 2015
Autoworkers at the Peugeot-Citroën plant in the Paris suburb of Poissy expressed solidarity with Fiat Chrysler workers in the US and described the similar attacks they face in France.
By Anthony Torres, 8 October 2015
While exploiting the assault earlier this year to justify imposing police-state measures, the Socialist Party is trying to hide the French state’s own role in the attacks.
By Alex Lantier, 6 October 2015
Hundreds of workers invaded a meeting between Air France management and unions to plan mass layoffs, attacking company executives.
By Alex Lantier, 28 September 2015
This act of war not only intensifies the bloodshed in Syria and the misery of millions of Syrian refugees, it threatens to provoke a military conflict with Syria’s main backer, Russia.
By Stéphane Hugues, 25 September 2015
A week after a putsch by supporters of deposed President Blaise Compaoré, a deal backed by France and Burkina Faso’s army has reinstated the transitional government.
By Anthony Torres, 25 September 2015
After having canceled the Russian contract during the Ukrainian crisis, France is selling the two helicopter carriers to one of the world’s bloodiest dictatorships.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 23 September 2015
The workers’ decision to accept unpaid working hours in exchange for supposed job security was a vote of no confidence in the unions.
By Anthony Torres, 22 September 2015
The state is planning to mobilize the army not only for foreign wars, but also to repress social protests within France itself.
By Alex Lantier, 18 September 2015
The major European powers are intensifying their attacks on hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing from war-torn countries in Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans.
By Kumaran Ira, 9 September 2015
A French Communist Party mayor ordered riot police to evict Roma from a camp in La Courneuve, a northern suburb of Paris.
The French Republic as killing machine
By Anthony Torres, 9 September 2015
Nouzille’s book lifts the veil on the history of French President François Hollande's “kill list” and the increasing resort to state murder.
By Alex Lantier, 7 September 2015
Washington and its European allies plan to exploit the refugee crisis to escalate their bloody war for regime change in Syria, which would create countless more refugees.
By Francis Dubois, 3 September 2015
The French Socialist Party and the Left Party of Jean-Luc Mélenchon are preparing alliances with right-wing forces explicitly hostile to socialism.
By Francis Dubois, 31 August 2015
Attacks attributed to Islamist networks being mobilized by NATO in Syria are used to justify the escalating assault on democratic rights in Europe.
By Francis Dubois, 28 August 2015
The statements of the Medef bosses’ group and the government are a signal for a new assault on the fundamental rights of workers in France.
By Alex Lantier, 25 August 2015
Amidst the greatest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II, the French and German governments are planning a drastic clampdown on immigrants.
By Stéphane Hugues and Kumaran Ira, 25 August 2015
By expelling its founder over his fascistic remarks, the Front National is seeking to rebrand itself as a mainstream party that the bourgeoisie can rely upon to rule France.
By Kumaran Ira, 24 August 2015
Following the foiled shooting in a high-speed Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris, the EU is tightening security measures.
By Kumaran Ira, 19 August 2015
President Hollande reportedly reviews the French state’s murder programme with high-ranking military and intelligence officials.
By our reporters, 17 August 2015
International Committee of the Fourth International supporters held a well-attended meeting to discuss the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) election campaign.
By Will Morrow, 8 August 2015
French investigators suggest that the wing-part washed up on Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean probably belonged to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
By Anthony Torres, 5 August 2015
The canceling of the warship sale to Russia represents a humiliating defeat for Paris and the French military-industrial complex.
By Kumaran Ira, 3 August 2015
After taking a bellicose stance against Tehran in recent years, Paris now sees the nuclear accord as an opportunity to boost its influence in Iran.
By Will Morrow, 1 August 2015
If the wing-flap is found to belong to MH370, it would be the first piece of evidence that the plane crashed in the Indian Ocean.
By Chris Marsden, 30 July 2015
The desperate efforts of migrants to enter Britain led to the death Tuesday night of a Sudanese man who was hit by a truck leaving a cross Channel ferry.
By Kanda Gabriel, 29 July 2015
France’s Consitutional Council has rubber-stamped a controversial surveillance law that gives the intelligence service sweeping powers to spy on the entire population.
By Alex Lantier and Anthony Torres, 29 July 2015
The NPA, having promoted Syriza as a great hope for the left, is politically responsible for the EU austerity measures Syriza is imposing against the Greek people.
By Stéphane Hugues, 25 July 2015
With the devastating character of Syriza’s betrayal of the Greek people exposed, LO is leaping to the defense of the Greek government.
By Kanda Gabriel and Kumaran Ira, 24 July 2015
Paris used the foiled terror plot to promote the intelligence services, as the Constitutional Council is set to rule on a controversial surveillance law.
By Dorota Niemitz, 22 July 2015
The MyFerryLink strike is intensifying the migrant crisis in the nearby refugee camp, as well as escalating tensions between France and the UK.
After Berlin dictates EU bailout of Greece
By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 21 July 2015
While the French bourgeoisie supports harsh attacks on Greek workers, it is shocked by Berlin’s threat to unilaterally expel Greece from the euro zone.
By Kumaran Ira, 18 July 2015
Despite the capitulation of Greece’s Syriza-led government to the European Union’s austerity dictates, Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s Left Party is hailing Tsipras’ party as a model of resistance.
By Patrick Martin, 4 July 2015
President Hollande has rebuffed calls to grant asylum to Assange in the wake of revelations by Wikileaks of illegal NSA spying on several French leaders.
By Alex Lantier, 27 June 2015
The attacks have raised concerns of a global offensive by Islamist terrorist groups that have emerged from US-led wars in Libya and Syria.
By Alex Lantier, 25 June 2015
The social eruption in Calais has also fed growing tensions between the UK and France over the refugee crisis in the city.
By Kanda Gabriel, 23 June 2015
France’s Socialist Party government is pushing Syriza to accept the austerity measures proposed by the European Union.
By Andrea Peters, 20 June 2015
Implementing a ruling handed down by the Hague, law enforcement officials are working to seize billions of dollars of Russian assets in Europe and around the world.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 20 June 2015
Fifty-one-year-old Thierry, who has lost his job in a factory closure, urgently tries to find work since his unemployment benefit will soon run out.
By Kanda Gabriel, 17 June 2015
National Front members confessed to torching cars and falsely reporting crimes in order to fuel their party’s law and order campaign.
By Anthony Torres, 10 June 2015
Electricité de France, which is acquiring nuclear energy firm Areva and threatening mass layoffs, is sitting on cash reserves of tens of billions of euros.
By Francis Dubois, 9 June 2015
The PS, France’s ruling party, is signaling to the ruling class that it is best placed to contain opposition from the working class.
By Stéphane Hugues, 5 June 2015
The name change was made in response to the rising influence of the neo-fascist National Front, amid a broad shift to the right by the entire ruling elite.
By Kanda Gabriel, 29 May 2015
The imposition of the reform by decree underscores official contempt for the working class, public opinion and the struggle for high quality education.
By Kumaran Ira, 27 May 2015
France confirmed that it carried out the extrajudicial killing of top Al Qaeda militants in northern Mali during a special forces raid on May 17-18.
By Kumaran Ira, 23 May 2015
The army is set to be France’s largest recruiter in the coming year, as the country plunges billions into the armed forces amid a broad military build-up across Europe.
By Kanda Gabriel, 21 May 2015
French police were filmed beating migrants and spraying them with pepper spray at a roadside, as they sought to hide in trucks bound for Britain.
By Athiyan Silva, 18 May 2015
As it sells billions of dollars in jets, France is stoking Saudi-Iranian tensions over the Yemen war and Indo-Pakistani tensions sharpened by the US “pivot to Asia.”
By Anthony Torres, 15 May 2015
Despite its superficial criticisms of the surveillance law, the NPA is complicit in the building of the infrastructure of a police state in France.
By Anthony Torres, 9 May 2015
Local newspapers in northern France are reporting that a gun dealer with ties to right-wing and paramilitary groups supplied the weapons for the January attacks in Paris.
By Anthony Torres, 7 May 2015
The law retroactively sanctions the mass spying already carried out by the intelligence services and formally sets up the surveillance infrastructure of a police state in France.
By Antoine Lerougetel and Kumaran Ira, 6 May 2015
Young boys have accused French soldiers of sexually assaulting them in exchange for food or money—both before and during the UN-led mission in the impoverished country.
By Kumaran Ira, 4 May 2015
France plans to boost defense spending amid spreading wars and rising geopolitical tension between major powers in Europe and internationally.
By Anthony Torres, 4 May 2015
The expulsion of a high school girl points to the reactionary, Islamophobic atmosphere encouraged by the entire French political establishment.
By Anthony Torres, 28 April 2015
The National Assembly is currently debating a digital surveillance bill that would legalize mass spying and data retention practices by French intelligence agencies.
By Stéphane Hugues, 25 April 2015
Hollande’s comments comparing the FN to the Communist Party are a reactionary attempt to give the neo-fascists a “left” populist cover.
By Kumaran Ira, 24 April 2015
The Socialist Party government is seizing on the recent terror plot in the French capital to legitimise anti-terror and spying measures.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 23 April 2015
Holland and Essebsi are using the horror provoked by Islamist terror attacks to justify a massive development of police-state and military powers.
By Stéphane Hugues, 16 April 2015
The unions are seeking to strangle a strike that challenges French President François Hollande’s austerity policies and threatens to ignite broader social anger in the working class.
By Stéphane Hugues, 14 April 2015
Like the Iraq war launched by the Bush administration in 2003, the NATO drive to rearm Europe and prepare for war against Russia is based on lies.
By Francis Dubois, 13 April 2015
Layers of the ruling class who want to promote the National Front are pressing the party to verbally distance itself from Jean-Marie Le Pen’s pro-Nazi sympathies.
By Athiyan Silva, 11 April 2015
As the imperialist powers in North America and Europe seek to divide up markets in Russia and Asia, inter-imperialist tensions are coming to the fore.
By Stéphane Hugues, 10 April 2015
Despite overwhelming opposition to Socialist Party (PS) austerity, workers sense that PS-allied unions offer no way forward in a struggle against austerity.
By Pierre Mabut, 9 April 2015
In seeking to resist reactionary policies in France and across Europe, the working class faces a political struggle against the Socialist Party and the European Union.
By Kumaran Ira, 7 April 2015
The French business group Medef is calling for the creation of a new type of job contract in order to facilitate individual and mass sackings of workers.