France

French trade unions urge spending cuts, labour market deregulation

By Kumaran Ira, 7 September 2012

France’s French Democratic Labour Confederation (CFDT) is pressing President François Hollande to accelerate his social cuts.

French President Hollande calls for formation of Syrian opposition government

By Alex Lantier, 28 August 2012

Hollande’s comments are an official declaration by the French government, backed by Washington, that it is pursuing regime-change by military force in Syria.

French President Hollande meets US-backed Syrian “opposition”

By Antoine Lerougetel, 24 August 2012

On Tuesday French President François Hollande met with officials of the Syrian National Council (SNC).

Pilots union pushes through restructuring plan at Air France

By Francis Dubois, 24 August 2012

The National Airline Pilots Union has pushed through an agreement supporting management’s objectives at Air France.

French Communist Party backs killing of South African miners

By Alex Lantier, 21 August 2012

The World Socialist Web Site notes with contempt the French Communist Party’s defense of the massacre of 34 striking South African miners by police at Marikana.

French ex-left parties support state persecution of the Roma

By Anthony Torres, 21 August 2012

The petty-bourgeois parties are maintaining a deafening silence over President François Hollande’s decision to destroy the Roma camps.

French youth riot against police brutality in Amiens-Nord

By Antoine Lerougetel, 16 August 2012

Violent clashes youth and police took place on Sunday and Monday nights in the Amiens-Nord council estate.

France: The NPA and LO defend CIA operations in Syria

By Anthony Torres, 14 August 2012

By defending the anti-Assad forces guided by the CIA, the petty-bourgeois “left” parties in France are acting as tools of imperialism.

France’s Socialist Party government launches mass expulsions of Roma

By Antoine Lerougetel, 10 August 2012

France’s new Socialist Party government is forcibly dismantling Roma camps and deporting their inhabitants.

France’s Socialist Party government plans to force Roma into ghettos

By Kumaran Ira, 3 August 2012

The new social-democratic government is threatening to dismantle Roma encampments and force the Roma into “integration villages.”

Hollande backs the destruction of auto jobs in the name of French competitiveness

By Anthony Torres, 1 August 2012

A plan to support the French auto industry, announced by President François Hollande on July 25, officially confirms the anti-working class industrial policy of the country’s new Socialist Party government.

French unions sign concession deal with automaker PSA

By Kumaran Ira, 30 July 2012

On July 26 trade unions accepted sweeping concessions proposed by the French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroën at its Sevelnord plant.

Popular confidence in new French president already falling

By Pierre Mabut, 20 July 2012

A prominent pollster recently found that 50 percent of the French population do not believe that new Socialist Party president François Hollande will keep to his election promises.

France’s Socialist Party government backs job cuts at automaker PSA

By Kumaran Ira, 17 July 2012

France’s Socialist Party (PS) government is tacitly backing PSA Peugeot-Citroën’s plans to shut down the Aulnay auto plant and to cut 8,000 jobs across France.

LO, NPA block struggle against PSA job cuts in France

By Kumaran Ira, 14 July 2012

The New Anti-capitalist Party (NPA) and the Workers Struggle (LO) group have reacted to the announcement of 8,000 job cuts at French auto firm PSA by trying to block a working-class struggle against the cuts.

French automaker PSA to cut 8,000 jobs, close Aulnay plant

By Kumaran Ira, 13 July 2012

On July 12, automaker PSA Peugeot-Citroën formally announced plans to cut 8,000 jobs throughout France and close its plant at Aulnay-sous-Bois.

France: Social Conference outlines massive attacks on the working class

By Antoine Lerougetel, 12 July 2012

France’s “Social Conference” convened by President Hollande and the union bureaucracy outlined a series of deep attacks on the working class.

French Socialist Party government presents initial austerity budget

By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 7 July 2012

The Socialist Party (PS) government of President François Hollande presented its 2012 budget and initial economic plans this week.

French Socialist Party government works with auto companies to attack workers

By Antoine Lerougetel, 5 July 2012

The ongoing restructuring of French auto manufacturer PSA/Peugeot-Citroën’s European operations, expected to result in €1 billion in cuts this year, will be vastly extended as a result of its partnership with General Motors and its subsidiary Opel.

Air France announces 5,000 job cuts

By Antoine Lerougetel, 28 June 2012

Air France-KLM will cut its workforce by 10 percent the end of 2013

France’s New Anti-capitalist Party backs pro-imperialist guerrillas in Syria

By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 22 June 2012

The 15-month-long conflict in Syria between the Syrian army and the pro-imperialist “rebel” forces has intensified over the last weeks.

French President Hollande prepares assault on the working class

By Antoine Lerougetel, 20 June 2012

Statements by top Socialist Party leaders reveal the right-wing course the new government in France will pursue.

Socialist Party wins absolute majority in French legislative elections

By Antoine Lerougetel, 18 June 2012

The Socialist Party of newly elected President François Hollande won an absolute majority in Sunday’s second round of the French legislative elections.

New Anti-capitalist Party presses for Socialist Party government in France

By Antoine Lerougetel, 12 June 2012

The NPA is applauding projections that the Socialist Party of President François Hollande could win a parliamentary majority in the June 17 second round legislative election.

Bourgeois “left” wins plurality in first round of French legislative elections

By Alex Lantier, 11 June 2012

Bourgeois “left” parties led by the Socialist Party (PS) of newly elected President François Hollande won a 47 percent plurality in legislative elections yesterday.

Socialist Party leads in French parliamentary elections

By Antoine Lerougetel, 8 June 2012

The French legislative elections will take place on June 10 and 17.

French unions discuss wave of sackings after presidential elections

By Francis Dubois and Antoine Lerougetel, 31 May 2012

On Tuesday, unions officials revealed there would be tens of thousands of sackings throughout France.

French bourgeois “left” manipulates fight against Fralib factory closure

By Anthony Torres, 28 May 2012

The Hollande government is preparing to impose austerity after the parliamentary elections in June, planning for mass layoffs.

French election: The Left Front’s Mélenchon stands against neo-fascist Marine Le Pen

By Francis Dubois, 25 May 2012

The Left Front announced on May 15 that Jean-Luc Mélenchon would stand against the neo-fascist Marine Le Pen in Hénin-Beaumont in the legislative elections.

France’s New Anti-capitalist Party applauds President Hollande’s election

By Kumaran Ira, 22 May 2012

The petty-bourgeois “left” New Anti-capitalist Party has applauded the election of President of François Hollande, the big-business Socialist Party’s candidate.

Socialist Party appoints anti-worker interim government in France

By Antoine Lerougetel, 18 May 2012

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault unveiled France’s new interim government yesterday.

French President Hollande attends Berlin summit after inauguration

By Alex Lantier, 16 May 2012

French President François Hollande flew directly from his inauguration in Paris yesterday to Berlin, to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

How the Lutte Ouvrière group backed Hollande in the French elections

By Francis Dubois, 14 May 2012

The petty-bourgeois group Workers Struggle (LO) said it has no objection to a vote for François Hollande of the Socialist Party.

France: PSA Aulnay unions admit no solidarity action planned to defend jobs

By Antoine Lerougetel, 11 May 2012

Union officials at the Aulnay plant, which is threatened with closure, recently told a workers’ meeting that they had mounted no broader struggles to defend jobs because they had “not done enough.”

Court decision gives French employers green light for mass layoffs

By Pierre Mabut, 10 May 2012

The French courts rendered a verdict on May 3, giving a green light to employers to carry out mass layoffs without giving any economic justification.

Incoming French president signals budget cuts, handouts to banks

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 9 May 2012

After winning the French presidential election on Sunday, François Hollande is already positioning himself to attack the working class with deep budget cuts.

Elections in Greece and France herald fresh social conflicts

By Peter Schwarz, 8 May 2012

The voting out of office of Nicolas Sarkozy in France and the devastating defeat of the ruling parties in Greece are an expression of broad opposition to the austerity policies laid down by the European Union.

Socialist Party candidate Hollande wins French presidential elections

By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira in Paris, 7 May 2012

François Hollande won the second round of the French presidential election yesterday with 51 percent of the vote.

Conservative François Bayrou calls for Hollande vote in French elections

By Johannes Stern, 5 May 2012

On Thursday, defeated bourgeois “center” candidate François Bayrou called for a vote for Socialist Party candidate Francois Hollande in the French presidential elections.

On the eve of the French presidential elections

By Alex Lantier, 5 May 2012

Tomorrow’s second round of the French presidential election sets the stage for escalating attacks on the working class in France.

Argenteuil residents speak on French elections, social conditions

By Kumaran Ira in Paris, 4 May 2012

On Wednesday WSWS reporters visited Argenteuil, in the northwest Paris suburbs, to interview residents on the presidential elections and social conditions in France.

Sarkozy, Hollande outline right-wing policies in French presidential debate

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern in Paris, 3 May 2012

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Party challenger François Hollande spoke last night in the only TV debate before the May 6 run-off election.

French unions, petty bourgeois groups back bourgeois “left” candidate in May Day rallies

By Kumaran Ira, 2 May 2012

Trade unions and petty bourgeois “left” parties organised May Day marches throughout France yesterday.

WSWS speaks to May Day demonstrators in France

By our reporters, 2 May 2012

Supporters of the International Committee of the Fourth International and the World Socialist Web Site intervened in the Paris May Day march yesterday.

France’s Independent Workers Party backs bourgeois “left” presidential candidate

By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 1 May 2012

The POI is backing pro-austerity Socialist Party candidate François Hollande in the 2012 French presidential elections.

Calls for European “growth” policies signal new attacks on workers

By Johannes Stern in Paris, 30 April 2012

Last week leading European officials called for a shift in European economic policies towards more “growth-oriented” measures.

Mass layoffs planned after French elections

By Johannes Stern, 30 April 2012

Politicians and trade union officials in France are discussing plans for a wave of mass layoffs after the May 6 second round of the presidential elections.

France’s New Anti-capitalist Party backs Socialist Party candidate in May 6 run-off

By Kumaran Ira, 28 April 2012

The NPA is backing pro-austerity PS candidate François Hollande against incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy in the second round of the French presidential elections.

WSWS speaks to Tamil immigrants and refugees in France

By Athiyan Silva in Paris, 28 April 2012

Before the second round of the French presidential elections, anti-immigrant and anti-Islam rhetoric is coming increasingly to the fore.

Clichy-sous-Bois residents speak on French elections, social conditions

By Alex Lantier in Paris, 27 April 2012

WSWS reporters visited Clichy-sous-Bois, the scene of mass riots against police in October-November 2005.

What was French Left Front candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s campaign?

By Alex Lantier in Paris, 26 April 2012

Left Front presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon received 11 percent of the vote in Sunday’s first round of the French presidential elections.

PSA auto workers speak out on French presidential elections

By Alex Lantier in Paris, 26 April 2012

Auto workers at the PSA plant in Aulnay-sous-Bois, north of Paris, spoke to WSWS reporters about the French presidential elections.

Germany and France demand the reintroduction of border controls

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 26 April 2012

The interior ministers of France and Germany are seeking to reintroduce border controls inside the European Union.

Political issues in the French presidential election

By Alex Lantier, 25 April 2012

The first round of the French presidential election starkly exposed the political crisis in France and throughout Europe and the immense dangers facing the working class.

Large neo-fascist vote shakes French presidential race

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern in Paris, 24 April 2012

The large first-round vote for neo-fascist candidate Marine Le Pen has shaken the French presidential election, which continues towards the May 6 run-off between Socialist Party candidate François Hollande and incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Socialist Party candidate Hollande, Sarkozy advance in French presidential elections

By Alex Lantier, 23 April 2012

Socialist Party candidate François Hollande and incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy advanced yesterday to the May 6 run-off in France’s presidential elections.

Polls show dead heat in first round of French presidential election

By Alex Lantier in Paris, 21 April 2012

Polls indicate Socialist Party (PS) candidate François Hollande and incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy will advance after the April 22 first round of the French presidential elections.

Paris “Friends of Syria” meeting: Imperialist powers prepare for war against Syria

By Johannes Stern, 21 April 2012

The so called “Friends of Syria,” consisting of the major imperialist powers, their NATO allies, and the Gulf monarchies, met Thursday evening in Paris to step up their war preparations against Syria.

French president and Socialist Party candidate hold Paris rallies

By Antoine Lerougetel and Johannes Stern, 18 April 2012

At dueling open-air rallies in Paris on Sunday, incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Party (PS) candidate François Hollande tried to boost their campaigns before the April 22 elections.

WSWS speaks to Socialist Party supporters at Vincennes campaign rally

By Antoine Lerougetel, 18 April 2012

A WSWS reporting team covered the rally of Socialist Party (PS) presidential candidate François Hollande’s rally at the Château de Vincennes esplanade.

Aix-en-Provence students speak on French presidential elections

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern in Marseille, 17 April 2012

WSWS reporters interviewed students yesterday outside the Literature School at the University of Aix-en-Provence, north of Marseille.

French Left Front candidate holds presidential election rally in Marseille

By Alex Lantier in Marseille, 16 April 2012

Tens of thousands of people marched down Marseille’s Prado Avenue on Saturday to attend the election rally of Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

Financial markets demand deep cuts following French presidential election

By Johannes Stern, 16 April 2012

In the run-up to the French presidential election, the international financial markets are stepping up pressure for social cuts as soon as a new government is sworn in.

Inside the New Anti-capitalist Party’s Paris election meeting

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern in Paris, 14 April 2012

On Thursday, WSWS reporters attended the New Anti-capitalist Party’s regional election meeting in Paris, featuring NPA presidential candidate Philippe Poutou.

French Socialist Party candidate Hollande praises Left Front candidate Mélenchon

By Kumaran Ira, 14 April 2012

French Socialist Party presidential candidate François Hollande gave extensive interviews to major newspapers on Friday in which he praised Left Front candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

Sarkozy proposes police measures after Toulouse shootings

By Antoine Lerougetel, 13 April 2012

Yesterday French President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed new anti-democratic measures punishing people who visit “terrorist” web sites or travel abroad for terrorist training.

New Anti-Capitalist Party backs Left Front, social cuts in French presidential election

By Alex Lantier in Paris, 12 April 2012

In a coordinated media blitz, NPA leaders called yesterday for an alliance with Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s Left Front and signaled they will support social cuts after the presidential elections.

International issues in the French elections

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern in Paris, 11 April 2012

Though the French presidency’s most noted power is its control of foreign policy, international politics has been noticeably absent from the presidential campaign.

What are the politics of French Left Front candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon?

By Alex Lantier in Paris, 10 April 2012

Jean-Luc Mélenchon of the Left Front has emerged as the leading presidential candidate on the left of the French political establishment.

France threatens to back intervention in Mali

By Johannes Stern, 10 April 2012

Amid ongoing fighting in Mali, France and the US are threatening to organize a military intervention in the country.

WSWS announces on-the-spot coverage of French presidential election

By Alex Lantier in Paris, 9 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site will be reporting from France in the run-up to the first round of the French presidential election, which will be held in two weeks.

PSA, GM prepare further attacks against auto workers

By Francis Dubois, 7 April 2012

PSA is accelerating its downsizing measures, eliminating production capacity overlapping with that of GM in Europe.

France pledges to back action to crush Mali army revolt

By Antoine Lerougetel, 5 April 2012

France is signaling it will back military action to crush an army revolt that deposed Malian President Amadou Toumani Touré.

French police detain 19 alleged Islamist militants

By Kumaran Ira, 4 April 2012

Early Friday morning, French anti-terrorist police and domestic intelligence carried out raids in major cities across France, arresting 19 people.

Former IMF chief Strauss-Kahn faces sex crime charges

By Kumaran Ira, 31 March 2012

On Monday Dominique Strauss-Kahn was formally charged with procurement of prostitutes in the affair of the Carlton Hotel in Lille, France.

Mohamed Merah’s family denies he was Toulouse, France gunman

By Antoine Lerougetel, 31 March 2012

The family of Mohamed Merah, whom French police blamed for a wave of deadly shootings, has emphatically denied that he was the murderer or that he had terrorist ties.

French Socialist Party presidential candidate backs police in Toulouse shootings

By Antoine Lerougetel, 29 March 2012

François Hollande has refused to make any political criticism of President Nicolas Sarkozy’s handling of the Toulouse shootings.

Reports indicate Toulouse gunman was French intelligence asset

By Alex Lantier, 28 March 2012

Reports and comments by intelligence officials suggest that Mohamed Merah, the alleged gunman in a deadly Toulouse shooting spree, was a French intelligence asset.

Inside a union rally at the PSA auto plant in Aulnay, France

By our reporters, 27 March 2012

WSWS reporters attended a March 22 rally organized by the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) union at the PSA auto plant in Aulnay, north of Paris.

Lutte Ouvrière mounts nationalist French presidential election campaign

By Anthony Torres, 26 March 2012

On March 7, the 521 signatures of mayors required for Nathalie Arthaud, successor to Arlette Laguiller at the head of Lutte Ouvrière (LO), to run in the presidential election were delivered to the Constitutional Council.

Questions emerge over police handling of Toulouse, France killings

By Alex Lantier, 24 March 2012

Details on the alleged gunman in a series of murders in Toulouse raise serious questions about the conduct of French intelligence and police agencies.

Political issues in the Toulouse shootings

By Alex Lantier, 23 March 2012

Elite police units killed Mohamed Merah yesterday after a two-day standoff at his apartment in the French city of Toulouse.

French police in armed standoff with alleged Toulouse gunman

By Alex Lantier, 22 March 2012

Yesterday evening, an armed standoff continued in Toulouse between Mohamed Merah, the alleged gunman in a spate of shootings in southern France, and elite police units.

Gunman kills four at Jewish school in Toulouse, France

By Alex Lantier, 20 March 2012

An unidentified gunman killed four people yesterday at the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school in Toulouse, in southwestern France.

French Socialist Party presidential candidate falls behind Sarkozy in polls

By Alex Lantier, 19 March 2012

Polls show the unpopular incumbent, President Nicolas Sarkozy, tying or pulling ahead of Socialist Party (PS) candidate François Hollande.

French President Sarkozy makes anti-immigrant appeal to neo-fascist vote

By Antoine Lerougetel and Olivier Laurent, 16 March 2012

At an election rally Sunday, President Nicolas Sarkozy made new anti-immigrant appeals, proposing to re-erect borders inside Europe and suspend the Schengen treaty.

French social democratic unions, NGOs promote right-wing Social Pact

By Kumaran Ira, 12 March 2012

French trade unions and NGOs met this weekend to discuss a new “Social Pact.”

Workers occupy ArcelorMittal site at Florange in France

By Anthony Torres, 12 March 2012

On February 20, 100 workers and union representatives took over the management offices at the ArcelorMittal site in Florange.

French petty-bourgeois “left” backs imperialist war plans in Syria

By Kumaran Ira, 8 March 2012

The New Anti-Capitalist Party is promoting military intervention in Syria, as calls for war from imperialist politicians continue to mount.

French Socialist Party presidential candidate reassures the banks

By Pierre Mabut, 7 March 2012

François Hollande is busy reassuring the banks that he is on their side, in an about-face from his previous posturing as an “enemy of finance.”

Perruchot report exposes French unions’ ties to the ruling class

By Anthony Torres, 5 March 2012

A recent parliamentary report has exposed that France’s unions are totally financially dependent on subsidies from the state and employers.

French Socialist Party presidential candidate issues bogus pledge to tax the rich

By Kumaran Ira, 29 February 2012

French Socialist Party (PS) presidential candidate François Hollande’s promise to tax income above €1 million ($1.345 million) a year at 75 percent is a political lie.

French President Sarkozy’s re-election bid appeals to extreme right

By Pierre Mabut, 29 February 2012

On February 15, right-wing French President Nicolas Sarkozy officially announced his intention to run for re-election in April.

French unions prepare to back cuts in PSA-GM tie-up

By Kumaran Ira, 28 February 2012

French unions are preparing to back attacks on jobs and wages in the corporate tie-up between GM-Opel and French automaker PSA.

2012 French elections: NPA bids to join pro-austerity government

By Kumaran Ira, 27 February 2012

The New Anti-capitalist Party is preparing alliances to participate directly in possible pro-austerity governments or Socialist Party parliamentary majorities.

French Socialist Party presidential candidate calls for interning the Roma

By Antoine Lerougetel, 24 February 2012

In a February 12 television interview, François Hollande, Socialist Party candidate for president, proposed as a “solution” to the presence in France of Roma European Union citizens “the creation of camps ... to accommodate them”.

PSA auto workers protest threat to close Aulnay, France plant

By our reporters, 21 February 2012

Workers marched Saturday in a protest called by unions at the PSA plant in the east Paris suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois against the planned closure of the site in 2014.

The CGT comes out for bourgeois “left” in French presidential elections

By Francis Dubois, 20 February 2012

The national meeting held by the CGT on January 31 with the leaders of the bourgeois “left” parties aimed to promote the Socialist Party’s presidential candidate.

French political establishment capitulates to government’s appeals to racism

By Antoine Lerougetel, 17 February 2012

The February 4 declaration by President Nicolas Sarkozy’s interior minister, Claude Guéant, that “not all civilisations are of equal value” has provoked an uproar.

France’s New Anti-capitalist Party echoes NATO propaganda against Syria

By Anthony Torres, 10 February 2012

The NPA published in January a series of articles on Syria, lining up directly with the imperialist propaganda campaign against that country.