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Anti-semitism and anti-Muslim racism in Europe: WL 3/49AWLWed, 15/04/2015 - 17:24

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Anti-semitism and anti-Muslim racism in Europe, WL 3/49AWLWed, 15/04/2015 - 17:18

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Failures of left rule boosted far right SJWThu, 21/06/2018 - 12:52

In 1981, a radical left government took power in France. Heading up a coalition of the Socialist and Communist Parties, the new President, Francois Mitterrand ,brought the left in from the cold and promised to “Change Life, Here and Now”.

While the workers cheered, many capitalists quailed: the Franc crashed at the news.

The election seemed to herald social changes in France and beyond, and for some, the first steps towards establishing socialism in the West.

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Macron: next big protest 2 June
French protest
SJWWed, 30/05/2018 - 10:59

On 26 May, the mass mobilisations against French President Emmanuel Macron’s anti-social reforms continued, with hundreds of thousands taking to the streets in demonstrations billed as a “popular tide”.

Macron wants to cut jobs on the rails, close rural branch lines, break up the state rail company and make it easier for employers in the transport sector to hire workers on insecure, low-paid contracts. These reforms come alongside a raft of other attacks, on education and health in particular.

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Macron struggle boosts Fête
Macron struggle boosts Fête
SJWTue, 22/05/2018 - 19:36

Over the long Whit weekend of 19-21 May, the French socialist group Lutte Ouvrière holds their annual festival, the Fête de Lutte Ouvrière.

In the context of the massive strike movement sweeping France as workers and students struggle against President Macron’s wide-ranging anti-social reforms, this year the Fête was larger than usual.

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Letter: Developing slowly, but we can oust MacronSJWWed, 09/05/2018 - 13:13

The article on May Day Strikes in France (Solidarity 468) contains a slip on the nature of 1 May in France.

Since Marshal Pétain in 1941, 1 May has been a Festival of Labour, in place of the International Workers’ Day of struggle, and this remained the case at Liberation. It is a paid day off. Workers’ class consciousness can be measured by whether or not they attend the union demonstrations on 1 May, which is a day of paid leave.

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France: “all together, all at once!”SJWWed, 09/05/2018 - 13:09

On the student front, the waltz of police interventions continues, with a violent attack by the cops in Grenoble on the campus there, to chase away blockaders, who were trying to prevent end-of-year exams from being held. The cops gassed and battered not only strikers but also students who were trying to sit their tests.

The degree of police violence on campuses is determined by two factors.

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May day strikes in France
Solidarity with strikes in France
SJWTue, 01/05/2018 - 22:29

On Tuesday 1 May, French workers struck to hold over 240 demonstrations across France, as part of their battle against President Macron’s attacks on transport, education and the public sector.

In Paris, in spite of heavy police presence, a monster march of striking workers and their supporters shut down the east of the city. From across France, reports are coming in of outrageous police provocations, with gas and baton charges being used against workers and students.

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“We’ve all got just one thing on our mind, and that’s the win!”

Submitted by SJW on 25 April, 2018 - 12:07 Author: Keith Road
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Workers’ Liberty supporters and friends recently spent a number of days in France to learn from, and take part in, the movement in opposition to President Macron’s reforms.

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Submitted by Jason Schulman on Thu, 26/04/2018 - 03:33

What are relations like between the NPA and LO? LO has been notoriously sectarian, even cultish, in the past.

Is there a real revolutionary left inside the PCF? If so, does it have any influence?

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France: Workers and students against Macron
Anti Macron protests
AWLTue, 10/04/2018 - 14:02

France: Macron tries to speed up reforms, but meets strong opposition

Macron – who owes his election to the elimination of any left or labour movement candidate in the 1st round of the Presidential election, against a backdrop of massive abstentionism – was able to force through his law against the Labour Code in Autumn 2017. That completed the El Khomri law, which inspired a strong mobilisation lasting more than four months under the Hollande Presidency in spring 2016.

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