An attack on workers’ pensions by French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre
Raffarin has combined with other issues, particularly education
decentralisation, to fuel a massive response by workers the length and
breadth of France.
The streets of Paris resounded to the beat of drums and marching feet,
this Sunday (25 May). Music blared. Rail workers ignited red flares
filling the air with smoke. It was a riot of colour. Massive balloons
marked out trade union contingents, flags waved. Banners and placards
spelled out the demands: No to the...
After the magnificent mobilisation of Tuesday, 13 May, against the
government’s proposed pension reform, the biggest trade-union
confederation (CFDT), together with the CGC, signed a deal with the
right wing government. Will this unholy alliance of the governing party
– the UMP - and the national leadership...
The first-round success of far-right leader, Jean-Marie le Pen, in the
French presidential elections shocked the world. Hardly discussed,
however, were the votes for the Trotskyist parties. Socialism Today
interviews Alex Rouillard, organiser for Gauche Révolutionnaire (CWI
section in France), on the election and...