By our reporter, 7 October 2013
Supporters of the WSWS and the International Committee of the Fourth International held a well-attended public meeting on September 29 in Paris.
By Pierre Mabut and Alex Lantier, 3 October 2013
Ostensibly intended to combat drug gangs, proposals to deploy drones to France’s second-largest city reflect the drive to militarize French society.
By Anthony Torres, 25 September 2013
Former Prime Minister François Fillon indicated that he no longer excludes the possibility of supporting a neo-fascist candidates in upcoming elections.
By Pierre Mabut, 24 September 2013
French Minister of Education Vincent Peillon has introduced a schools charter that suppresses religious and political liberties under the guise of promoting secularism.
By Alex Lantier, 18 September 2013
In talks yesterday in Moscow, the Kremlin refused to accept French claims designed to provide ammunition for a US-led war of aggression against Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 September 2013
The US and its two key allies Monday stressed the threat of force against Syria if Damascus fails to adhere strictly to the demands contained in a chemical weapons agreement.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 11 September 2013
A WSWS team campaigned at the Sunday market in the Cité des 3000 council estate in the Paris suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois.
By Kumaran Ira, 10 September 2013
After the G20 summit in St Petersburg, which was dominated by sharp differences over war in Syria between Russia and the US, French President François Hollande announced Friday that he would address the public this week about French participation in the war.
By Alex Lantier, 5 September 2013
Even in the narrow setting of a 90-minute parliamentary debate between legislators who support France’s role in the proxy war in Syria, the contradictions in Paris’ brief for war rapidly emerged.
By Alex Lantier, 3 September 2013
The French intelligence brief for war against Syria is a collection of lies and unsubstantiated assertions.
By Alex Lantier, 31 August 2013
The day after the British parliament voted against military action in Syria, French President François Hollande of the Socialist Party pledged continuing support for the US war drive against Syria, a former French colony.
By Alex Lantier, 13 August 2013
Professor Gilbert Achcar is attempting to rewrite his political record to hide his role as a leading supporter and propagandist for imperialist wars in Libya and Syria.
By Alex Lantier, 6 August 2013
Offensive to promote anti-Islamic and xenophobic sentiment in France.
By Gustav Kemper, 2 August 2013
Hundreds of workers lost their jobs when press manufacturer Goss International closed its production sites in Montataire and Nantes.
By Kristina Betinis, 31 July 2013
The merger of transnational corporations Publicis and Omnicom creates the world’s largest advertising conglomerate.
By Alex Lantier, 22 July 2013
Rioting hit the southwestern Paris suburb of Trappes over the weekend, after police brutally arrested the family of a veiled Muslim woman.
By Alex Lantier, 9 July 2013
Since denying over-flight rights to Bolivian President Evo Morales, France has defended its own massive Internet spying program.
By Olivier Laurent, 3 July 2013
Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the IMF, the main organisation behind global austerity policies, is under investigation in France over a financial scandal.
By Antoine Lerougetel and Peter Schwarz, 2 July 2013
In the second round of the by-election in the parliamentary constituency of Villeneuve-sur-Lot, the neo-fascist National Front candidate came close to winning the seat.
By Anthony Torres, 27 June 2013
The NPA is trying to bring the popular opposition to the Socialist Party’s austerity policies into the dead end of support for the Left Front and the union bureaucracy.
By Antoine Lerougetel and Pierre Mabut, 17 June 2013
On May 17, CGT branch spokesman Jean-Pierre Mercier signed a deal that puts the seal on the Aulnay car plant’s closure by 2014.
By Pierre Mabut, 14 June 2013
An 18-year-old student and anti-fascist was beaten to death by a group of fascist thugs June 5 near the St. Lazare rail station in central Paris.
By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 5 June 2013
Le Monde is participating in a campaign of manipulating evidence, directed against the Syrian regime of President Bachar Assad.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 28 May 2013
On Saturday a lone assailant stabbed a uniformed French soldier in the throat, three days after the gruesome murder by machete of an off-duty British soldier in London.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 25 May 2013
Dominique Venner, 78, a prominent intellectual in far-right circles in France, shot himself dead on Tuesday in front of the altar of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
By Anthony Torres, 23 May 2013
While the French economy has entered into recession, the European Union and the French government are pressing to accelerate social attacks.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 16 May 2013
Three Roma, two women and a 12-year-old child, died in a fire in an abandoned factory in Lyon.
By Kumaran Ira, 8 May 2013
The NPA fears that Mélenchon’s willingness to work under Hollande will expose the anti-working class politics of the entire pseudo-left.
By Anthony Torres, 7 May 2013
On Monday, auto maker PSA’s central works council authorized a redundancy scheme to close PSA’s plant at Aulnay, near Paris.
By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 4 May 2013
A class gulf separates the explosive anger and opposition to austerity that is building in the working class across Europe from establishment figures like Mélenchon.
By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 3 May 2013
On April 29, France’s Socialist Party government released its White Paper on military strategy.
By Alex Lantier, 30 April 2013
With 26 million workers unemployed in Europe, Hollande is signaling that he will keep supporting social cuts that are devastating the French and European economies.
By Anthony Torres, 16 April 2013
The scandal over tax evasion by former Budget Minister Jérôme Cahuzac, which has destabilised the government of President François Hollande, exposes the entire French political establishment.
By Pierre Mabut, 13 April 2013
With the consent of the trade unions, the French Socialist Party government has enacted a law increasing the exploitation of the working class.
By Ernst Wolff, 13 April 2013
Contrary to the French president’s claims that his country made a lightning response to a terrorist threat, the invasion of Mali was prepared long beforehand.
By Olivier Laurent, 11 April 2013
The Stalinist daily’s April 3 editorial on ex-budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac’s confession to tax evasion defends the Socialist Party government.
By Gustav Kemper, 8 April 2013
Web offset giant Goss International intensifies its redundancy program, laying off 430 workers.
By Alex Lantier, 5 April 2013
The scandal over tax evasion by former Budget Minister Jérôme Cahuzac on bank accounts tied to business activities with neo-fascist groups has shaken the Socialist Party.
By Olivier Laurent and Alex Lantier, 4 April 2013
France’s Socialist Party government in crisis after its former budget minister admitted to lying about a Swiss bank account hidden from tax authorities.
By Alex Lantier, 29 March 2013
In an hour-long television interview last night, French President François Hollande sought to outline his policies amid rising popular anger against his government.
By Anthony Torres, 29 March 2013
After 10 months in government, the Socialist Party experienced a serious defeat in the Oise constituency by-election, resulting in a large neo-fascist vote.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 27 March 2013
The CGT union at the Goodyear Tire plant in Amiens in northern France, has outlined its plans for making the site a workers’ cooperative.
By Kumaran Ira, 25 March 2013
On Saturday, the French government confirmed the death of Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, the leader of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), in northern Mali.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 21 March 2013
On Monday, the unions voted to accept the closure the PSA Peugeot-Citroën factory at Aulnay, cutting 3,000 jobs directly and 11,214 jobs throughout France.
By Anthony Torres, 15 March 2013
The situation facing the Malian population is catastrophic. Towns and villages have been largely destroyed.
By Chris Marsden, 14 March 2013
The UK, France and various regional powers such as the Gulf monarchies and Turkey are taking their cue from Washington, which has worked behind the scenes for months to channel weapons into Syria
By Pierre Mabut, 14 March 2013
Some 100 PSA Citroën car workers from the Aulnay plant near Paris occupied the Engineering Employers Federation’s Paris offices to protest plans to close their plant.
By Ernst Wolff, 13 March 2013
The French army has systematically blocked journalists from conducting objective reporting of the war in Mali.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 9 March 2013
Riot police sprayed tear-gas and fired pepper spray at hundreds of workers from the Goodyear Tire Amiens-Nord site in northern France Thursday.
By Kumaran Ira, 8 March 2013
Unions at Renault approved a cost-cutting plan allowing the carmaker to cut jobs, lengthen working hours and freeze wages in factories across France.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 7 March 2013
The six-year struggle of workers at Goodyear’s Amiens-Nord tyre plant against company threats of a plant closure and mass sackings is at a crossroads.
By Kumaran Ira, 7 March 2013
After Chokri Belaïd’s assassination, Paris is seeking to advance the petty-bourgeois Popular Front to advance its imperialist interests in Tunisia.
By Jean Shaoul, 28 February 2013
Tensions between France and its Qatari ally are rising amid accusations that Qatar is funding Al Qaeda-linked militants fighting France in Mali.
By Pierre Mabut and Antoine Lerougetel, 27 February 2013
In a letter pledging to exploit underpaid Asian workers, the CEO of Titan denounced workers at Goodyear’s embattled plant in Amiens-Nord, France.
By Kumaran Ira, 19 February 2013
French President François Hollande made a two-day visit to India last week to promote large-scale military deals amid a growing arms race in Asia.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 16 February 2013
An unemployed Algerian worker died by self-immolation in front of the state employment agency in Nantes following cancellation of his unemployment benefits.
By Antoine Lerougetel and Pierre Mabut, 14 February 2013
Some 800 workers from the Goodyear Tire plant in Amiens Nord, supported by more than 1,000 workers from other parts of France, protested outside the company’s French headquarters in Paris.
By Pierre Mabut and Antoine Lerougetel, 9 February 2013
Interior Minister Valls has given instructions for the police to monitor companies where workers are in struggle to keep their jobs.
By Pierre Mabut and Antoine Lerougetel, 6 February 2013
French unions have rejected industrial action to unite Goodyear workers with their colleagues in France, Europe and internationally .
By Patrick O’Connor, 31 January 2013
The political realignment underway is being driven by France, which aims to reassert control over its former resource-rich colony and counter China’s growing influence.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 31 January 2013
The CGT and other unions are negotiating with PSA and Peugeot-Citroen on arrangements for plant closures and new competitiveness deals.
By Alex Lantier, 29 January 2013
Britain has pledged to deploy troops to Mali and the US is planning a base for drones as the imperialist intervention in the Sahara escalates.
By Antoine Lerougetel and Pierre Mabut, 29 January 2013
Striking workers from the PSA car factory in Aulnay near Paris—which have been occupying the plant slated to be shut in 2014—joined workers at the Renault plant in Flins that is also threatened with closure
By Ernst Wolff, 24 January 2013
Thirteen days after starting a war in Mali, France is boosting its military presence amid reports of civilian and ethnic-based killings by French and allied forces.
By Ernst Wolff, 22 January 2013
Amid the French offensive in Mali, the imperialist powers are laying out plans for a lasting neo-colonial intervention in all of Western Africa.
By Kumaran Ira, 22 January 2013
France’s Left Front is supporting President François Hollande’s decision to launch a war in Mali, while issuing tactical criticisms of his policies.
By Kumaran Ira, 18 January 2013
France has increased its troop deployment in Mali to 1,400, amid a hostage crisis after Islamist militants seized an Algerian natural gas complex to protest the war.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 17 January 2013
On Tuesday French carmaker Renault announced large-scale job and pay cuts, as the auto industry slashes production.
By Pierre Mabut, 16 January 2013
The proposals pushed by the Socialist Party government of President François Hollande will undermine workers’ legal protections against arbitrary wage cuts, extensions of work hours and dismissals.
By Alex Lantier, 15 January 2013
For the fourth time in two years, France has launched a major neo-colonial war against a Third World country.
By Kumaran Ira, 11 January 2013
Three Kurdish nationalist activists were found early Thursday morning, shot execution-style in the Kurdistan Information Centre in Paris.
By Pierre Mabut, 7 January 2013
Auto job cuts in 2013 threaten the 10 percent of France’s workforce employed, directly or indirectly, in the industry.
By Kumaran Ira, 3 January 2013
The ruling exploited the fact that the PS’s tax increase was itself a political fraud.
By Pierre Mabut, 4 December 2012
The Socialist Party (PS) government capitulated to steelmaker ArcelorMittal, putting the 629 jobs at the blast furnaces at Florange in eastern France in the balance.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 1 December 2012
The Gaullist Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) moved toward a split last week when François Fillon announced the formation of a separate parliamentary group in the National Assembly.
By Alex Lantier, 23 November 2012
On November 19, the credit rating agency Moody’s downgraded France’s sovereign debt by one notch from Aaa, the top rating, to Aa1.
By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 22 November 2012
On November 13 the French president gave a televised address and interview to some 400 journalists assembled at the Elysée palace.
By K. Nesan, 22 November 2012
On November 8 a leader of the pro-LTTE Tamil Coordinating Committee was assassinated in Paris.
By Alex Lantier, 22 November 2012
The UMP faces a possible split after a contested vote Sunday for the party presidency and rising tensions over its ties to neo-fascist forces.
By Pierre Mabut, 17 November 2012
Former French cabinet minister Martine Aubry was charged with manslaughter November 6 in the public health scandal over the use of asbestos by French industry.
By Kumaran Ira, 14 November 2012
France’s Stalinists and Greens are issuing criticisms of their ally, the ruling Socialist Party, as it collapses in the polls due to its austerity policies.
By Johannes Stern, 10 November 2012
The NPA’s cynical “anti-imperialist” criticisms of Le Monde’s calls for war with Syria show that it shares the pro-war views of figures that the NPA itself calls imperialists.
By Anthony Torres, 9 November 2012
On November 6 the CGT's national “parliament” accepted the candidacy of Thierry Lepaon to replace Bernard Thibault at the head of the CGT.
By Francis Dubois, 8 November 2012
Statements by intelligence officials in Toulouse raise new questions about the French government’s responsibility in killings committed by Mohamed Merah.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 7 November 2012
The Socialist Party (PS) government of President François Hollande announced tens of billions of new budget cuts yesterday.
By Kumaran Ira, 5 November 2012
Leading conservatives are responding to the growing unpopularity of the French social-democrats’ austerity policies by calling for right-wing protests against it.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 1 November 2012
In an interview Monday, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault proposed to lengthen the work week.
By Alex Lantier, 1 November 2012
During last November’s European financial crisis, which brought down the Greek and Italian governments, France prepared to abandon the euro currency.
By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 31 October 2012
The NPA attempts to hide its political culpability in the persecution of the Roma by maintaining a virtual silence on the subject.
By Alex Lantier, 30 October 2012
As European automakers and trade unions prepare job and wage cuts, the NPA is advancing justifications for their reactionary policies.
By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 29 October 2012
On the 51st anniversary of the killing of hundreds of unarmed Algerian protesters by Paris police, François Hollande offered the first official recognition that the event actually occurred.
By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 27 October 2012
On Thursday the French government announced a €5 to 7 billion bailout of carmaker PSA Peugeot-Citroën.
By Alex Lantier, 25 October 2012
The French government is stressing its plans for austerity, after the press pushed for it to endorse a pro-austerity report by ex-EADS chief executive officer Louis Gallois.
By Pierre Mabut, 25 October 2012
France’s Socialist Party (PS) government has announced the launching of its Public Investment Bank (PIB) targeting small and medium-sized companies.
By Peter Schwarz, 20 October 2012
The public clash between Merkel and Hollande is symptomatic of growing tensions within the European Union.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 17 October 2012
On October 9 the French National Assembly ratified the European Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) that dictates sharp budget cuts and austerity.
By Pierre Mabut, 12 October 2012
Last Saturday, French anti-terrorist police raided addresses in Paris, Cannes and Strasbourg.
By Kumaran Ira, 12 October 2012
Hollande’s right-wing policies are an indictment of France’s petty-bourgeois “left” parties, who supported his election in May.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 10 October 2012
Libyan officials are alleging that former French President Nicolas Sarkozy ordered the assassination of Gaddafi.
By Pierre Mabut, 5 October 2012
Steelmaker ArcelorMittal announced on October 1 the definitive closure of its two blast furnaces at Florange in the Moselle area of eastern France.