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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.

French students strike against neoliberal reform

13 November 2007
Students in France are mobilising against a new reform of higher education. Students had struck or occupied at over 30 universities as Socialist Worker went to press.

Anti-war feeling in colleges helps build day of action

13 November 2007
The Stop the War Coalition is mobilising against the US, France and Britain’s threats against Iran. Its recent conference called for two days of action next week to highlight the growing danger of the extension of the "war on terror" to Iran.

Power of the masses

30 October 2007
Revolutions are bad things. Or at least the social ones are. Revolutions are fine if they are restricted to political changes at the top. Then only the icing on the cake is changed. As the French revolutionary Babeuf once said, these revolutions take one set of robbers and replace them with another.

Sarkozy’s attack on French pension rights

23 October 2007
France’s transport network was brought to a standstill on Thursday of last week as thousands of railway workers came out on strike against president Nicolas Sarkozy’s plans to end "exceptional pension schemes".

Kader Attia at the Baltic

25 September 2007
Square Dreams, a new exhibition by the French Algerian artist Kader Attia, opened at the Baltic gallery in Gateshead on Friday of last week.

Don’t be fooled by EU ‘reform treaty’

04 September 2007
One of the few genuinely democratic moments of the past few years came in May and June 2005, when the European Constitution was thrown out by referendums in France and the Netherlands.

Saint Joan: visionary, liberator or fanatic?

24 July 2007
In 1428 the peasant who would become known as Joan of Arc announced that voices from god had told her she would liberate France from English occupation.

Golden Door | Blind Light

17 July 2007
Golden Doordirected by Emanuele Crialesefilm on general release This exquisite French Italian co-production is one of the best films this year.

La Vie En Rose: Edith Piaf’s remarkable voice comes back to life

26 June 2007
The tragic life of the French singer Édith Piaf touches at the heart of the struggles over national identity in France.

French elections: Sarkozy stalls at second round

20 June 2007
Following his election as president of France last month, Nicolas Sarkozy’s right wing UMP party has now won a majority in the National Assembly.

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