France

Public meeting in Paris marks the 15th Anniversary of the WSWS

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.

Socialist Party officials call for drone patrols inside France

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.

French Gaullist UMP party moves closer to neo-fascist National Front

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.

French secularism charter attacks Muslims, democratic rights

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.

Russia-France talks on Syria end in clash over chemical warfare claims

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.

US, UK and France stress threat of force 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.

Paris workers speak out against Syrian war, social austerity

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.

France to await US Congress vote, UN report before attacking Syria

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.

French parliament debates war against Syria

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.

France publishes intelligence brief for war in Syria based on lies

By Alex Lantier, 3 September 2013

The French intelligence brief for war against Syria is a collection of lies and unsubstantiated assertions.

French President Hollande backs US war against Syria

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.

Gilbert Achcar seeks to cover up his support for Middle East wars

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.

French government plans ban on Islamic veil in universities

By Alex Lantier, 6 August 2013

Offensive to promote anti-Islamic and xenophobic sentiment in France.

Goss International closes its plants 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.

Advertising giants merge to hedge against economic downturn

By Kristina Betinis, 31 July 2013

The merger of transnational corporations Publicis and Omnicom creates the world’s largest advertising conglomerate.

Riots hit Trappes, France after police arrest family of veiled Muslim woman

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.

French Socialist Party government denies Snowden asylum, backs Internet spying

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.

IMF head Christine Lagarde implicated in a financial scandal

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.

French by-election: National Front eliminates Socialist Party, runs close to the UMP

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.

French pseudo-left works to defeat workers’ opposition to upcoming pension cuts

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.

France: How the Workers’ Struggle group is helping to shut down the Aulnay car plant

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.

Student killed by fascists in central Paris

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.

How Le Monde fed pro-war propaganda over chemical weapons in Syria

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.

Soldier attacked while on security patrol in Paris

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.

Far-right figure commits suicide in Paris’ Notre Dame to protest gay marriage

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.

The European Commission, French President Hollande accelerate austerity

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.

France: Three die in fire at Roma squat

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.

Left Front’s offer to serve in France’s pro-austerity government unnerves NPA

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.

French unions back closure of PSA Aulnay auto factory

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.

France: What is Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s May 5 protest?

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.

French military White Paper plans escalating wars

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 3 May 2013

On April 29, France’s Socialist Party government released its White Paper on military strategy.

Amid jobs collapse, French President Hollande backs austerity in Europe

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.

Cahuzac affair exposes bankruptcy of French petty-bourgeois “left”

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.

French government law increases worker exploitation

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.

France launches military, propaganda offensive in Mali

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.

Stalinist daily l’Humanité defends French government in Cahuzac scandal

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.

Hundreds of workers at Goss International France lose their jobs

By Gustav Kemper, 8 April 2013

Web offset giant Goss International intensifies its redundancy program, laying off 430 workers.

Cahuzac tax scandal, neo-fascist ties stagger France’s ruling Socialist Party

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.

French Budget Minister Cahuzac resigns over hidden bank account

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.

French President Hollande pledges austerity, war in prime time TV interview

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.

Large neo-fascist vote in French by-election: A warning to the working class

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.

Goodyear union in France touts cooperative to “save” Amiens plant

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.

France confirms killing of Al Qaeda leader Abou Zeid in Mali

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.

Unions approve closure of PSA’s Aulnay plant in France

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.

France’s defense minister visits French troops in Mali

By Anthony Torres, 15 March 2013

The situation facing the Malian population is catastrophic. Towns and villages have been largely destroyed.

Britain and France seek end to arms embargo on Syria

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

France: PSA car workers’ strike at an impasse

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.

French army suppresses reporting of Mali war

By Ernst Wolff, 13 March 2013

The French army has systematically blocked journalists from conducting objective reporting of the war in Mali.

Police clash with workers fighting closure of Goodyear Amiens-Nord plant

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.

Unions sign French automaker Renault’s plan to slash jobs, wages

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.

Struggle against closure of Goodyear plant in Amiens, France at a crossroads

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.

French government promotes pseudo-left opposition parties in Tunisia

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.

France-Qatar tensions rise over Mali war, 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.

CEO of US tire firm denounces French Goodyear workers

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.

French President Hollande presses for major arms deals in India

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.

France: Unemployed worker sets himself on fire outside job centre

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.

French Goodyear workers protest against closure of Amiens Nord plant

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.

French government prepares repression against workers

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.

Goodyear France announces closure of its Amiens-Nord site

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 .

French military oversees power-sharing deal in Central African Republic

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.

French Renault and PSA unions try to block fight against plant closures

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.

Britain, US escalate war aid as France advances into northern Mali

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.

Renault and PSA Peugeot-Citroën workers in joint protest against factory closures

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

Reports of atrocities emerge as France escalates Mali war

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.

Imperialist powers escalate war in Mali

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.

French Left Front promotes war in Mali

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.

France escalates Mali war amid Algerian hostage crisis

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.

Renault announces 7,500 job cuts in France

By Antoine Lerougetel, 17 January 2013

On Tuesday French carmaker Renault announced large-scale job and pay cuts, as the auto industry slashes production.

French unions agree to pro-corporate labor “reforms”

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.

Hands off Mali!

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.

Three Kurdish nationalist activists assassinated in Paris

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.

French auto industry prepares assault on jobs, working conditions

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.

French Constitutional Council strikes down Hollande’s 75 percent tax on the rich

By Kumaran Ira, 3 January 2013

The ruling exploited the fact that the PS’s tax increase was itself a political fraud.

Florange steelworkers betrayed by French government, unions

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.

France: Gaullist Union for a Popular Movement on verge of split

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.

Moody’s downgrades French debt rating, presses for austerity in Europe

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.

French President Hollande’s prime-time speech promises austerity, war

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.

Former leading member of Tamil nationalist LTTE assassinated in Paris

By K. Nesan, 22 November 2012

On November 8 a leader of the pro-LTTE Tamil Coordinating Committee was assassinated in Paris.

France’s conservative UMP faces split after leadership race

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.

French Socialist Party’s Aubry charged over asbestos poisoning

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.

French Greens, Stalinists staggered by President Hollande’s unpopularity

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.

French NPA offers “anti-imperialist” rationale for imperialist intervention in Syria

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.

French CGT union chooses new leader

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.

France’s Merah affair: New questions emerge on Toulouse killings

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.

French social democrats adopt new cuts after accepting pro-austerity Gallois report

By Antoine Lerougetel, 7 November 2012

The Socialist Party (PS) government of President François Hollande announced tens of billions of new budget cuts yesterday.

French conservatives propose right-wing protests against social-democratic government

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.

France: Socialist Party government bows to business demands for social cuts

By Antoine Lerougetel, 1 November 2012

In an interview Monday, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault proposed to lengthen the work week.

Former finance minister confirms France considered leaving euro zone

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.

The New Anti-capitalist Party and the expulsion of the Roma from France

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.

France’s New Anti-capitalist Party conceals plans for historic attack on European auto workers

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.

French president Hollande acknowledges 1961 massacre of Algerians in Paris

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.

French government bails out automaker PSA

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.

French Socialist Party government endorses austerity in debate over Gallois report

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.

French government opens up public bank for small businesses

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.

German-French tensions dominate European Union summit

By Peter Schwarz, 20 October 2012

The public clash between Merkel and Hollande is symptomatic of growing tensions within the European Union.

France ratifies European Stability and Growth Pact

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.

French police kill one, arrest 11 in raid on alleged terror cell

By Pierre Mabut, 12 October 2012

Last Saturday, French anti-terrorist police raided addresses in Paris, Cannes and Strasbourg.

French Socialist Party’s austerity program expose bankruptcy of petty-bourgeois “left”

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.

French government accused of ordering Libyan leader Gaddafi’s assassination

By Antoine Lerougetel, 10 October 2012

Libyan officials are alleging that former French President Nicolas Sarkozy ordered the assassination of Gaddafi.

Mass layoffs mount under Socialist Party government in France

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.