Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/432/5079

From The Socialist newspaper, 23 March 2006

France: Millions protest against Villepin government

...but trade union leaders hesitate

SATURDAY 18 March saw a one-and-a-half million pro-testers take to the streets in France. This was to protest against both the new CPE youth employment contract law - which will allow employers to sack young people at will - and against the government in general. In Paris up to 400,000 participated.

The anger against the CPE and the government has been enormously increased by the police attack on a postal worker that has left him in a coma. Last Saturday's attack on this worker, a member of the SUD-PTT union, has had a similar radicalising effect as the death of Malik Oussekine did during a 1986 protest that made Chirac, then prime minister, withdraw a plan to limit university entrance.

Currently, the government appears to be sticking to its course, although the bosses are now talking about making a few limited concessions regarding the CPE law, but these are now seen as too little to late.

The latest opinion poll says that the CPE is rejected by 73% of the population. But the trade union leaders are, as so often has happened before, hesitating.

Despite having threatened the government with a general strike instead they have called a "day of action" on 28 March. One trade union leader explained that they did this because the words 'general strike' have "an insurrectional meaning", in other words they did not want to challenge the government as a whole. They would like a day of protests rather than a mobilisation for the next stage of struggle.

In contrast to others on the Left, Gauche Revolutionnaire, (a section of the Committee for a Workers' International, France - the socialist international organisation to which the Socialist Party in England and Wales is affiliated) has continued to call for a general strike to unify the struggle against the CPE with those against the other attacks on living standards that President Chirac and the Dominique de Villepin government are attempting to carry out.

As Gauche Revolutionnaire explained in a recent statement, it "defends the idea of a massive and democratic strike. We think, as well, that we need a real alternative to capitalism, a new party that can be a key tool in struggles and to resist capitalism. Such a party can be born out of the present strike, if campaigning or strike committees, while building the struggle, extend their demands to unite workers and youth against capitalism."

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 23 March 2006:

Hands off our pensions!

How to win the battle to defend pensions

Time for a new workers' party

Successful Campaign for a New Workers' Party launch conference

Socialist Party members protest against Labour education minister Ruth Kelly

France: Millions protest against Villepin government

Iraq: A three-year nightmare

Can the Israeli-Palestinian conflict be resolved?

How to plan a revolution

Fight to save the NHS

Lewisham: Socialist Party takes up the fight against ALMOs

Fight privatisation in universities and colleges

Sheffield bus protest blocks the road

NUJ Conference: Defending pay and conditions


 

Home   |   The Socialist 23 March 2006   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

France:

triangleA world in crisis, ripe for revolution

triangleFrench Labour reform protests

triangleFrench elections: Macron's win

triangleFrench elections: time to build a fighting left alternative

triangleFrance - Huge voter abstention belies Macron's 'landslide' election

Protest:

triangleTrump's incendiary Jerusalem statement reignites Israeli-Palestinian conflict

triangleUnite day of action against blacklisting

triangleWaltham Forest Universal Credit protest

triangleTyneside walk-in closures postponed after rally

Strike:

triangle110 years ago: massacre at Santa Maria school in Chile - commemorate 21 December 1907

triangleThe Socialist's 2017 quiz

triangleNewham anti-academies strikes

Capitalism:

triangleThem & Us

triangleBrexit deal no solution to Tory rifts

International

International

13/12/17

Israel

Trump's incendiary Jerusalem statement reignites Israeli-Palestinian conflict

13/12/17

CWI

A world in crisis, ripe for revolution

6/12/17

US

Trump's tax plan: Robin Hood in reverse

6/12/17

Ireland

Irish capitalist state: rotten to the core

6/12/17

Women

Fighting sexism, violence and capitalism - an international struggle

22/11/17

US

Trump's tax attacks

22/11/17

Australia

Australia: massive yes vote for marriage equality

21/11/17

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: Mugabe gone - but his regime remains in power

15/11/17

Minneapolis

USA: Historic vote for Ginger Jentzen campaign in Minneapolis

10/11/17

Minneapolis

US: Historic vote for Ginger Jentzen campaign in Minneapolis

8/11/17

Sweden

Sweden: 'Revolution2017' success

8/11/17

Spain

Spain: Madrid rally celebrates October revolution

8/11/17

Minneapolis

US: Minneapolis Socialist chimes with voters

8/11/17

Ireland

Ireland: rail workers demand share of 'recovery'

8/11/17

Ireland

Ireland: dangerous ideas for the ruling class

triangleMore International articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle13 Dec Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

triangle13 Dec Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

triangle13 Dec Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

triangle13 Dec Trump's incendiary Jerusalem statement reignites Israeli-Palestinian...

triangle13 Dec Labour 'purge' furore really just democracy

EU parliament, Strasbourg

triangle13 Dec Brexit deal no solution to Tory rifts

triangle12 Dec Support the Crossrail Woolwich walkout

More ...

triangle14 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Universal Credit - the Tories' latest assault on the poor

triangle18 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Religion and Socialism

triangle19 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas social

triangle21 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Socialists and the National Question

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2