Tag: France

  • The NPA Seven Years On: Project, Reality and Questions

    The following article was written for Kojkkino, the theoretical magazine of the Greek organization DEA. Though quite long, it does not claim to cover all sides of the question. Indeed, it’s the kind of article that is never really finished and that has to be constantly reworked and supplemented. Its main objective is to stimulate … Keep reading »

  • France: The Radical Left in the Maelstrom

    Toronto — 10 January 2016. Your browser does not support the audio element. Download audio file france.oga With the November 13th terrorist attacks, the strong showing of the far-Right Front National in regional elections, and the COP21 climate conference in Paris, France has been in the headlines a great deal in recent weeks. Yet we … Watch video »

  • France: Changes in the Political Landscape

    The French situation has often been approached as an ‘exception’ in Europe. We speak of the French exception, referring to a history still marked by the French Revolution of 1789. This term covered, in fact: a certain type of social gains, a strong public service, a strong state, a strong and dynamic workers’ movement, a … Keep reading »

  • France: One year after the Sarkozy defeat

    Toronto — 8 August 2013. Part 1: François Hollande and his Socialist Party came to power following presidential and legislative elections in May-June 2012. While the defeat of hard-right president Nicolas Sarkozy and his UMP party certainly came as a huge relief, Hollande and his government have essentially pursued the same agenda as the defeated … Watch video »

  • France: The Rise of the Left Front

    A New Force on the Left The Left Front (Front de Gauche) emerged onto the political scene at the beginning of 2009. As the Left Front to Change Europe, it was established by three organizations – the French Communist Party (PCF), the Left Party (Parti de Gauche, PG) and the Unitary Left (Gauche Unitaire, GU) – … Keep reading »

  • What Will Change in France?

    In the traditional speech to the National Assembly, France’s Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault of the ruling Socialist Party laid out the political program he shares with the new President François Hollande. Hollande won France’s presidential election with a victory in a runoff vote in May over despised conservative ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy. In June parliamentary elections, … Keep reading »

  • France: Not Victorious, But Not Defeated

    It is now possible to begin to draw a tentative balance sheet of the vast movement against the reform (or more exactly, counter-reform) of the pension system in France over the last few months. We need to look at the depth and breadth of the movement, the forms that it took and the positions adopted … Keep reading »

  • Workers Without Status in France Emerge as a Social Force

    At the end of the afternoon of May 27, a mass demonstration marched into the Place de la Bastille in Paris. The march itself represented what can now be viewed as a low point in the national union mobilizations to challenge the proposed weakening of France’s public pension regime and other reactionary responses of Nicholas … Keep reading »

  • Another Left is Possible

    The New Anti-Capitalist Party It would be wrong to see last Thursday’s massively successful protest actions in France as distant and exotic, of no particular relevance to us here in Canada. With the economic meltdown heralding a new political era, and with most of the country’s Left and social movements still stunned and disoriented following their … Keep reading »

  • The French Riots and Canada

    The fires lighting up the nights of the suburbs of France over the last month have stripped even more gloss off the already tarnished ideology of neoliberalism. Against the alleged ‘harmonies of the market’ producing benefits for all, the seething outrages of the excluded and the marginalized from market society now need to be even … Keep reading »