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14 June 2017

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

Amid the trumpeting about a massive vote for the party of the new president, Emmanuel Macron, in the first round of France's parliamentary election on 11 June, a deep malaise pervades French society, writes Clare Doyle, Committee for a Workers' International.

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31 August 2016

France: Burkini ban fuels division

International outrage has resulted from the decision of over 20 town mayors in the south of France to ban from beaches the wearing of 'burkini' swimsuits, on the grounds of 'inciting terrorism' and 'threatening public safety'. Despite a court decree rejecting the ban as unconstitutional, the mayors say they will ignore the ruling. Judy Beishon reports on how the issue has become the focus of an ugly backlash to the recent terrorist attacks in France.

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9 December 2015

French elections - Le Pen's far-right FN surges

Governing 'Socialist' Party punished for failings: The massive vote for the far-right National Front (FN) in the first round of regional elections in France on 6 December saw them coming top in nearly half of the regions.

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14 January 2015

Charlie Hebdo: no to terrorism

Don't let us be divided! Fight against racism!: This statement was written (on 8 January) by Gauche Revolutionnaire (the sister organisation of the Socialist Party in France) in response to the attack on Charlie Hebdo

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Demonstrations in France against attacks on pension rights, photo Judy Beishon

Demonstrations in France against attacks on pension rights, photo Judy Beishon

9 May 2012

France: A weekend that shocked Europe

Rejection of austerity in Eurozone's second biggest economy: Sarkozy's downfall, alongside the crushing defeat of the pro-austerity parties in Greece, was a real turning point, writes Robert Bechert, Committee for a Workers' International (CWI).

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25 April 2012

France: Left Front vote shows potential for new workers' party

In the first round of the French presidential elections, held on 22 April, François Hollande (28.6% vote) of the social democratic Socialist Party (PS) narrowly headed incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy (27.1%) of the right-wing Union for a Popular Movement (UMP)...

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28 March 2012

French presidential election - An emerging left challenge

The first round of the French presidential election will be held on 22 April. The UK mass media has concentrated its coverage on the conservative candidate and incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy

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14 September 2011

Youth must join pensions struggle

The government and their friends in the media will always try, as they did in June, to spread division between workers and service users during strike action...

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20 April 2011

Sarkozy instigates ban on veil to boost his political ratings

What attitude should socialists adopt in defending women's rights?: On 11 April 2011 the French government brought into force a ban on wearing full-face veils in any public place in France. The right wing UMP government framed this law on the pretext of 'security'.

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Demonstrations in France against attacks on pension rights, photo Judy Beishon

Demonstrations in France against attacks on pension rights, photo Judy Beishon

25 October 2010

A major trial of strength between the classes

Millions of workers and youth want an end to the Sarkozy 'dictatorship'.
Analysis and report from Clare Doyle (CWI Secretariat) recently in Paris and Rouen, discussing with members of Gauche Revolutionnaire (CWI France)

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French workers demonstrate in Brussels for the European day of action, 29 September 2010, photo by Paul Mattsson

French workers demonstrate in Brussels for the European day of action, 29 September 2010, photo by Paul Mattsson

20 October 2010

Protest, strike, fightback! French workers and youth challenge cuts

The mobilisation of the French working class has now reached a crucial stage. Strikes and mass demonstrations on 19 October, according to the CGT trade union confederation, again brought a staggering 3.5...

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15 September 2010

General strike in France

IN AN enthusiastic response to the call by the major French trade union organisations, three million workers took to the streets of France on 7 September for a day of massive strikes and demonstrations in protest against the Sarkozy government's attack on the country's pension system...

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6 September 2010

Protest in London against Sarkozy's racist policies

Thousands demonstrate across Europe: Numerous protests have taken place this weekend in France and many other European cities, against the French government's witch-hunt against Roma people and other anti-immigrant measures...

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6 September 2010

Protest in London against Sarkozy's racist policies

Thousands demonstrate across Europe: Numerous protests have taken place this weekend in France and many other European cities, against the French government's witch-hunt against Roma people and other anti-immigrant measures.

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Workers and youth protest in Paris, France in May 2003, photo Paul Mattsson

Workers and youth protest in Paris, France in May 2003, photo Paul Mattsson

24 March 2010

Massive rejection of Sarkozy's policies presages a 'third round on the streets'

France: Regional elections: LITTLE MORE than 24 hours after the second round of regional elections in France, strike action began on the railways, ushering in a day of action and protests in 80 cities across the country, writes Clare Doyle, Committee for a Workers' International (CWI).

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25 October 2007

France: Biggest public transport strike action since 1995

"REMEMBER THIS date: October 18, 2007. On this day, Nicolas Sarkozy's five year term will really begin", the conservative newspaper Le Figaro wrote... By Karl Debbaut, Committee for a Workers' International (CWI)

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