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1 June 2016

France 1936: sit-in strikes

Workers across France are stepping up their action against the country's new labour law, with strikes in various sectors and big demonstrations. The French working class has a long history of struggle, including widespread sit-in strikes in May-June 1936. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of this movement, and to learn its lessons, here we carry an extract from an article written by Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe and published in Militant (predecessor of the Socialist) in 1978.

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1 June 2016

France: struggle against government intensifies

Far from abating, the battle over France's labour law reform has intensified. The Hollande-Valls government has said it will impose the changes and is digging its heels in.

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18 May 2016

France: New stage in battle over labour law

Hollande provokes fresh struggles: Francois Hollande, France's 'socialist' president, has taken the fight over the country's 'El Khomri' labour law (named after the employment minister) to a new level, writes Clare Doyle, Committee for a Workers' International (CWI).

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4 May 2016

Eyewitness account of France protests: build a general strike movement!

Striking workers from the railways, car factories, supermarkets, hospitals, offices and banks joined students and youth in mass demonstrations across France on 28 April. Led by lycée (further education) students, the Paris march was 60,000 strong, according to the CGT union federation.

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13 April 2016

France: full-scale struggle erupting

A new period of class struggle has opened up in France. Click here for an article on France in this week's issue of the Socialist, by Clare Doyle

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13 April 2016

France: full-scale struggle with government is erupting

A new period of class struggle has opened up in France. Until recently, the smouldering discontent among workers was finding expression in isolated but numerous workplace battles - over threatened closures, redundancies and the growing repression against workers' representatives.

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23 March 2016

Socialist Party national congress 2016

A serious, thoughtful, optimistic and lively national congress of the Socialist Party took place on 19-21 March.

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9 March 2016

Refugee crisis: cruel capitalist regimes responsible

In the EU referendum campaign the issue of migration has been put centre stage by the pro-big business campaigns on both sides of the debate

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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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9 December 2015

Quiz of the year

It's the quiz of 2015, compiled by the Socialist. The questions are drawn from articles covering events in the UK and internationally during the last year. Good luck and season's greetings.

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18 November 2015

Paris terror attacks

Only workers' unity can end terrorism, division and war: The atrocities committed by Isis in Paris last Friday have stunned and appalled people anew. Young people out enjoying themselves on a Friday night were particularly hit.

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14 November 2015

Horror in Paris

Sickening violence has struck Paris once more. Over 120 dead and dozens of injured in places where workers and young people had gathered

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4 November 2015

Cycle cheat Armstrong's hypocrisy and bullying

The Program is a biographical drama about Lance Armstrong, the disgraced former professional cyclist - and the efforts of investigative journalist David Walsh to expose him.

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21 October 2015

How can workers resist capitalist cuts and closures?

A stuttering world economy has jeopardised steel making in the UK. But workers do not have to accept the inevitability of closures and job losses

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5 August 2015

Hiroshima - 70 years on

Can a future nuclear conflict be avoided?: Seventy years ago, on 6 August 1945, a single bomb dropped by a US bomber on the Japanese city of Hiroshima killed between 90,000 and 166,000 men, women and children.

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French resistance fighters liberated Paris from Nazi occupation

French resistance fighters liberated Paris from Nazi occupation

27 May 2015

VE Day: When 'liberation' meant socialism

Commemorations marking the 70th anniversary 'victory in Europe' (VE) day recently took place in Britain (and throughout the world) with establishment dignitaries saluting veteran service men and women who liberated Europe from the clutches of fascism

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15 April 2015

France: One-day strike against austerity

Workers in both public and private sectors of the economy walked out in France on 9 April against austerity measures of the 'left' Hollande government

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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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14 January 2015

France: counter terrorist threat with mass unity

The shocking terrorist attacks in Paris, mainly at the journal Charlie Hebdo and in a Jewish supermarket, were met with mass revulsion and outrage. These atrocities were directed at ordinary working people and do nothing to counter oppression

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10 January 2015

Counter terrorist threat with workers-led mass unity

The shocking, cold blooded slaughter of journalists and others in the Paris office of satirical journal Charlie Hebdo, and more killings in subsequent days, has been met with mass outrage

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