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Alan Krivine on France’s new Anti-Capitalist Party

09 December 2008
Alain explained that the new party has emerged out of a period of consultations involving some 400 local committees across France.

Defending education in France

25 November 2008
Last Thursday around 200,000 teachers and students took to the streets across France against the government’s attacks on education. The strike was called by all the teachers’ and students’ unions. The right-wing administration of Nicolas Sarkozy wants to cut the education budget rather than focussing on improving teaching and learning conditions.

Unite against Nato expansion and war

11 November 2008
The European anti-war movement is calling for mass protests at next year’s Nato summit in Strasbourg, France, including an international demonstration and a counter-summit.

Barack Obama is already moving to the right

16 July 2008
US presidential candidate Barack Obama arrives in London to meet Gordon Brown next week. It’s part of his tour of key US allies, including France, Germany, Israel and Jordan.

Couscous

08 July 2008
Tunisian-born writer and director Abdellatif Kechiche has produced a brilliantly unsentimental portrait of working class life in Sète, a port town on the French Mediterranean coast.

Alain Krivine on the French LCR's initiative for an anti-capitalist party

01 July 2008
The LCR has initiated the formation of a new broader party that it hopes will become a home for wide layers of people opposed to neoliberalism. The initiative grew out of rising struggle in France.

French protests shake up Sarkozy

27 May 2008
Nicolas Sarkozy’s election victory in France a year ago was interpreted by some as a neoliberal backlash against the left. But he now finds himself the most unpopular president since records began.

War and industrialised imperialism today

20 May 2008
At the beginning of the First World War, lines of French infantry in blue coats and red trousers charged machine guns and modern artillery. The French lost one man in four in a month.

May 68 - Street Posters from the Paris Rebellion

13 May 2008
Anyone who can get to the Hayward Gallery on London’s South Bank should visit the 40th anniversary exhibition of the posters and photos of the Atelier Populaire (Popular Workshop) from the May 1968 uprising in France.

Rudi Dutschke and the German student movement in 1968

29 April 2008
The political storm that broke out across the world 40 years ago affected every part of the globe. But with much of the media focusing on the student protests and mass strikes in France in May 1968, it is possible to miss the significance of some of the other revolts.

Kosovo’s breakaway will inflame 'cold war' tensions

19 February 2008
The US, Britain, France, Germany and Italy have rushed to recognise last Sunday’s unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia made by the parliament in Kosovo.

France And Its Cinema

29 January 2008
There’s a real treat for French speakers in London every Tuesday until 18 March with this season of classic films.

Intimate Enemies: a distant portrayal that ultimately fails the test

29 January 2008
Two million French soldiers fought in Algeria between 1954 and 1962 in a vain attempt to stop Algerian independence. An estimated 300,000 to 600,000 Algerians died compared to 27,000 French people. France did not officially recognise that a war had taken place until 1999.

Simone de Beauvoir: fighting for change

22 January 2008
This month marks the centenary of the birth of Simone de Beauvoir, the French writer and philosopher. She is best known for her feminist classic The Second Sex and her famous declaration, "One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman."

Refugees left to rot in Calais

11 December 2007
Rejected by Britain, abandoned by France and adrift inside fortress Europe. The countries they fled from reads like a list of the battlegrounds in the "war of terror" – Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan, Iraq, Kurdistan, Palestine, Somalia, Iran, Eritrea.

LCR: ‘We need to build a political alternative to the neoliberal parties’

27 November 2007
The current wave of industrial disputes in France takes place less than six months after the election of the right wing Nicolas Sarkozy as president. It shows that the French working class is still up for a fight, despite its recent election defeat.

Sarkozy off the hook as French rail workers enter talks

27 November 2007
After nine days of strikes against president Nicolas Sarkozy’s pension reforms, France’s rail and metro workers last week voted to suspend action as their unions agreed to talks on the government’s terms.

Student occupations at the crossroads

27 November 2007
The student movement in France against the LRU privatisation law will reach a crucial turning point this week.

France rises up against Sarkozy

20 November 2007
A major battle is underway in France. The newly elected president Nicolas Sarkozy and his right wing government have launched a wave of attacks on workers and students.

French students: ‘The movement is building rapidly’

20 November 2007
Students across France have been occupying their universities and protesting against the government’s LRU laws that introduce the market into university management.

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