France

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.

The French second round of May 2017: discussion document 4

Submitted by martin on 3 August, 2017 - 1:43 Author: Martin Thomas

Another contribution to <a href="/node/31059">the debate</a>.

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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.

The French second round of May 2017: discussion document 4

Submitted by martin on 3 August, 2017 - 1:42 Author: Martin Thomas

Another contribution to <a href="/node/31059">the debate</a>.

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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.