France: yellow vests but no red flag

By Marc Lassalle PARIS - WE ARE witnessing another of France’s powerful social movements. This time it is directed against the increasingly unpopular President Emmanuel Macron and his supposed eco-tax on petroleum products, which has seen the price of diesel jump 16 per cent in the last eight months. On November 17, more than 2,000 … Continue reading France: yellow vests but no red flag

Self determination for Kanaky! Down with French imperialism!

By Marc Lassalle PARIS - ON 4 NOVEMBER, 174,154 voters, from a population of 268,000, in Kanaky voted on the question: "Do you want Nouvelle Calédonie (New Caledonia) to access full sovereignty and become independent?" Kanaky, better known by the name New Caledonia given by James Cook to several islands (the largest is called Grande … Continue reading Self determination for Kanaky! Down with French imperialism!

France: The working class strikes back

By Marc Lassalle - PARIS WITH a successful day of action on October 9, the major trade unions, CGT, FO, Solidaires, FSU, which organise the most combative sectors of the French working class, have shown that they are still a force to be reckoned with. In Paris, the demonstration was tens of thousands strong, with … Continue reading France: The working class strikes back

French workers’ and students’ struggle at a turning point

By Marc Lassalle PARIS - After a month of militant but inconclusive strikes and occupations by railway workers and students, activists are organising to relaunch the mobilisation against the government attacks, with a national day of action in the first week of May. At the beginning of April workers on the state rail network, the … Continue reading French workers’ and students’ struggle at a turning point

French railway workers prepare for decisive struggle

By Marc Lasalle PARIS - Strikes and demonstrations have taken place across France in a day of action called by a united front of most public sector unions. The action has been called in response to a new law which targets the rights of railway workers, as a precursor to a general offensive against the 5.3 … Continue reading French railway workers prepare for decisive struggle

Emmanuel Macron prepares the bosses’ offensive

PARIS - The new French President, Emmanuel Macron, speaking at a business start-up event declared in imperfect English, “Entrepreneur is the new France”. Indeed his initial measures openly serve the interests of the social class that created him out of nowhere as a political figure, that supported funded his campaign and his new movement - … Continue reading Emmanuel Macron prepares the bosses’ offensive

Huge abstention takes the gloss off Macron’s majority

WITH 32 PER CENT of the votes in the first round of France’s parliamentary elections, Emmanuel Macron’s party, La République en Marche (The Republic on the Move), far surpassed the second party, Les Républicains (LR). On that basis, he is almost certain to get the vast majority of the seats in the National Assembly in … Continue reading Huge abstention takes the gloss off Macron’s majority

Emmanuel Macron: class struggle ahead

DURING THE weeks between the first and second round of the French presidential elections, some on the French left called for a vote for Emmanuel Macron to stop Marine Le Pen of the Front National (FN) winning. Red Flag said this was wrong and that Macron represented as great a danger to French workers as Marine … Continue reading Emmanuel Macron: class struggle ahead

Macron’s victory will pour fuel on the fire of racism and far right populism

Emmanuel Macron, former investment banker and economy minister, easily won the second round of France's presidential elections; by 66.1 percent to Marine Le Pen’s 33.9. This was well above the 20 or so percentage points most opinion polls had predicted. Macron’s programme is that of the French bosses; “the reform of the labour market” to … Continue reading Macron’s victory will pour fuel on the fire of racism and far right populism

France: Presidential elections in a climate of crisis

“Since 1965 I have never lived through a presidential election like this. There are no more axes, no more rules”, says Socialist Party, PS, first secretary, Jean-Christophe Cambadélis. “Nothing is stable anymore. It is a great chamboule-tout (coconut shy),” adds PS MP Jean-Marie Le Guen. Indeed, nothing has been going according to expectations for the … Continue reading France: Presidential elections in a climate of crisis