Battle of the Pensions: Toward a Pre-Revolutionary Moment in France
President Macron's use of article 49.3 to push through an unpopular pension reform bill has opened up an enormous political crisis that has changed the character of the mobilizations against the French government. We are entering a "pre-revolutionary moment" that can change the balance of power between the classes in France.
Juan ChingoMarch 21, 2023
France: Macron Bets On His Presidency as Millions Rise Up
A historic two weeks of mobilizations against Macron’s pension reform, with several sectors going into open-ended strikes, and including a spectacular show of solidarity on International Women’s Day. Yet despite the massive turnout, the government pushed through the reform Thursday night, using an antidemocratic maneuver to bypass the National Assembly. Which direction will the movement take? Will it fizzle out in a failed top-down union strategy, or will it generalize the struggle to all sectors from the bottom up?
Antoine RambozMarch 17, 2023
Historic Protests in France: Where to for the French Working Class?
After two of the largest days of protest in over a decade, with unprecedented union support and student turnout, the workers and youth of France must push unions to take up a militant strategy to defeat not only this latest pension reform but also Macron and his government.
Antoine RambozFebruary 6, 2023
‘This is only the beginning of the struggle’: Interview with a Healthcare Worker about the Strikes in France
Last Thursday, two million workers across France went on strike to protest the Macron government’s attempt to raise the retirement age. Left Voice spoke to Feargal McGovern, a worker at a hospital in Grenoble, France, and a member of the new organization Révolution Permanente.
Left VoiceJanuary 23, 2023
French Election Results Point to a Political Crisis and Tremendous Instability
Everyone expected a defeat for President Macron in the second round of France’s elections for the National Assembly on June 19, but the results were far worse than any forecast. This opens a major political crisis and begins an explosive five-year term for the president.
Révolution PermanenteJune 20, 2022
Macron, the ‘President of the Rich,’ Reelected in France Amid Record Abstention
Emmanuel Macron has won a second term as president of France in an election marked by record abstention. As he prepares to continue his war against French social gains, the Far Right is consolidating its base in opposition to the failures of Macronism. Building a bloc of resistance is now more urgent than ever.
Damien BernardApril 25, 2022
Diplomatic Crisis in Britain and France: Xenophobia and Reactionary One-Upmanship
Three days after the tragedy that cost the lives of 27 migrants in the English Channel, the war of words between France and Britain resumed in earnest after the French disinvited the British from a meeting to discuss the migrant crisis.
Nathan ErderofNovember 27, 2021
The French State Is Responsible for 27 Migrants Drowning in the English Channel. Open the Borders!
At least 27 migrants died on Wednesday off the coast of Calais when their inflatable boat sank in the English Channel. Despite the French government’s crocodile tears, the tragedy highlights the criminal nature of borders. All borders must be opened and all undocumented migrants must be given full rights!
Seb NanzhelNovember 26, 2021
Leaders Responsible for the Climate Crisis Gathered to “Save the Planet” at the World Conservation Congress in France
In Marseille, France, the bosses of big corporations and government officials, including Emmanuel Macron, met in early September in a summit sponsored by Nutella to discuss the preservation of biodiversity. Between ineffective measures and promoting green capitalism, the Congress of Nature was, in reality, the latest farce to serve the most polluting corporations.
Antoine WeilOctober 4, 2021
Revolt in Martinique against Colonial Management of the Health Crisis
With the health situation in Martinique continuing to deteriorate, a revolt broke out this past weekend after the government announced it was reinstituting a curfew and extending the vaccine passport.
Emile CausseJuly 23, 2021