By Kumaran Ira, 7 September 2012
France’s French Democratic Labour Confederation (CFDT) is pressing President François Hollande to accelerate his social cuts.
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.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 24 August 2012
On Tuesday French President François Hollande met with officials of the Syrian National Council (SNC).
By Francis Dubois, 24 August 2012
The National Airline Pilots Union has pushed through an agreement supporting management’s objectives at Air France.
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.
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.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 16 August 2012
Violent clashes youth and police took place on Sunday and Monday nights in the Amiens-Nord council estate.
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.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 10 August 2012
France’s new Socialist Party government is forcibly dismantling Roma camps and deporting their inhabitants.
By Kumaran Ira, 3 August 2012
The new social-democratic government is threatening to dismantle Roma encampments and force the Roma into “integration villages.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 28 June 2012
Air France-KLM will cut its workforce by 10 percent the end of 2013
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.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 20 June 2012
Statements by top Socialist Party leaders reveal the right-wing course the new government in France will pursue.
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.
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.
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.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 8 June 2012
The French legislative elections will take place on June 10 and 17.
By Francis Dubois and Antoine Lerougetel, 31 May 2012
On Tuesday, unions officials revealed there would be tens of thousands of sackings throughout France.
By Anthony Torres, 28 May 2012
The Hollande government is preparing to impose austerity after the parliamentary elections in June, planning for mass layoffs.
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.
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.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 18 May 2012
Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault unveiled France’s new interim government yesterday.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Kumaran Ira, 2 May 2012
Trade unions and petty bourgeois “left” parties organised May Day marches throughout France yesterday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 26 April 2012
The interior ministers of France and Germany are seeking to reintroduce border controls inside the European Union.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Francis Dubois, 7 April 2012
PSA is accelerating its downsizing measures, eliminating production capacity overlapping with that of GM in Europe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Alex Lantier, 20 March 2012
An unidentified gunman killed four people yesterday at the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school in Toulouse, in southwestern France.
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.
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.
By Kumaran Ira, 12 March 2012
French trade unions and NGOs met this weekend to discuss a new “Social Pact.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.