France

French feminists debate response to #metoo

Submitted by SJW on 16 January, 2018 - 7:25 Author: Sarah Chiche for initial article. Response from the undersigned

Published by Solidarity for interest and information

It all started with a pretty stunning discussion with a publisher about a text that I had written, which is being published.

During this discussion, she said to me that these days it would be very unfashionable to speak so candidly about sexuality and love. And she followed this up by saying that, what’s more, a novel like The Sexual Life of Catherine M by Catherine Millet would almost certainly never get published.

Debating the second round of the French Presidential election

Submitted by Matthew on 13 December, 2017 - 12:07

At the 2017 AWL conference there was a debate on two opposing resolutions on the second round of the 2017 French Presidential elections.

We present the speeches made in the debate by Martin Thomas and Daniel Randall. Both resolutions can be found here

Against passivity and indifference, for active politics

By Martin Thomas

We have three points of agreement in this debate.

First, that, unlike in the majority of bourgeois run-offs, there was a real difference in France on 7 May.

Two resolutions on the French Presidential run-off

Submitted by SJW on 12 December, 2017 - 12:08

Vote Macron on 7 May

The French leftists who advocated a vote for Macron in the second round of the French presidential election - Arguments pour la lutte sociale, Ensemble, (implicitly) the NPA, and even the French Communist Party - were right.

Macron, a standard-issue Blair-Schröder-Renzi-Clinton-type neoliberal semi-cosmopolitan, was a lesser evil than Marine Le Pen, an outright fascist.

Calais refugees: still there, still suffering

Submitted by Matthew on 8 November, 2017 - 9:08 Author: Ruth Willis

Since the late 1990s the Channel Tunnel and the port of Calais have been a gathering place for migrants seeking a route into Britain.

Although a migrant make-shift campsite known as the Calais Jungle became well known in the last few years, there have been many camps established by migrants on plots of unused land.

France: an important day of action

Submitted by cathy n on 21 September, 2017 - 3:47 Author: Arguments pour la lutte sociale

On 12 September a day of strikes and demonstrations was called in France to oppose new labour laws. This is an edited version of a longer report from Arguments pour la lutte sociale.

Macron spoke of “idlers” (then tried to row back, claiming he was talking about his predecessors); of “cynics”, etc.

All-out attack on French workers

Submitted by cathy n on 12 September, 2017 - 10:44 Author: Olivier Delbeke

Olivier Delbeke, a CGT activist, and a contributor to the socialist newsletter Arguments pour la lutte sociale, on the new draconian labour laws

After dragging out a sham consultation which had nothing in common with real negotiations (because many aspects of the proposed laws were not revealed to the trade union delegates), Labour Minister Mireille Pénicaud finally unveiled 150 pages of legislation, on 30 August.