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The Paris Commune, founded 150 years ago, ended in a bloody defeat. But this defeat offered lessons to revolutionaries around the world. Marx, Engels, Lenin, Trotsky, Luxemburg — all drew strategic lessons that were applied in the Russian Revolution.
The Paris Commune was founded 150 years ago today. The working class took power for the first time in history. This new government fought for workers’ control and women’s liberation.
The Paris Commune was founded 150 years ago. Women stood on the first lines of the attempt to “storm heaven.” The first working-class government in world history represented an inflection point for the feminist women. This is an excerpt from Andrea D’Atri’s book “Bread and Roses: Gender and Class Under Capitalism,” which has just been published in English by Pluto Press.
As union leaders negotiate with the government behind the backs of their rank and file, France’s workers continue to strike against Macron’s plan to overhaul the pension system. Yesterday’s national day of action occurred alongside a 96-hour blockade of eight oil refineries around the country and brought hundreds of thousands of people into the streets.
On the eighth consecutive Saturday of mobilization with demonstrations in several French cities, tens of thousands showed that the yellow vest movement is alive, despite the government’s repression and maneuvers.
On Saturday, tens of thousands of people were demonstrating on the Champs-Elysées in Paris, following the call by the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests). A second demonstration at the Saint Lazare railway station was organized by railway workers, a committee against police violence and an LGBTQ group. The government’s rhetoric is meant to terrorize the movement – but it did not work.
News of a brutal police attack in Paris against Sorbonne University professor Guillaume Vadot went viral last Friday after his colleague Guillaume Mazeau posted a statement on Facebook.
The ‘French Spring’ has begun. Students and young workers protested in cities across France on Thursday against the new labour law. The reforms make it easier to sack young employees. Over 150 k protested across France.
On December 5, an internationalist rally took place in Paris, amidst an offensive war and a state of emergency. Revolutionary groups from France, Spain and Germany discussed the tasks ahead and celebrated international socialist solidarity.