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Election challenge for French left

10 February 2007
It's hard not to look forward to the French presidential elections, whose first round is only two and half months away, with a sense of foreboding.

The Marriage Of Figaro

10 February 2007
The Marriage of Figaro, first performed in Vienna in 1786, was a harbinger of the great French Revolution of 1789.

Can the left in France rise to the level of the struggle?

13 January 2007
The year 2006 was a crucial one for social struggles and the radical left in France. Social mobilisations reached a peak when millions of students took to the streets last spring and forced the right wing government to withdraw the CPE, its labour neoliberal reform law.

How Britain’s Nazis were smashed in the 1970s and 1990s

13 January 2007
One argument concerning contemporary fascist movements such as Jean-Marie Le Pen’s National Front in France claims that they cannot be fascist because they do not deploy stormtroopers against the left, blacks and Muslims.

Street art 4: Posters as weapons in Paris 1968

16 December 2006
In 1968 France was brought to a standstill by a huge movement of students and workers. This movement paralysed the French state and also saw an explosion of experimental street art.

Student protests in Serbia beat attacks

09 December 2006
Following on from their French and the Greek colleagues earlier this year, Serbian students have helped roll back the neoliberal offensive on higher education in Europe.

France: One year after the riots

11 November 2006
Read our monthly supplement, featuring Jim Wolfreys and Jess Hurd returning to France a year after he most prolonged rioting the country had ever seen.

French unions resist after Muslims are sacked

11 November 2006
Islamophobia isn’t just taking place in Britain. Authorities in France have withdrawn the security clearances for 40 mainly Muslim workers at the Paris airport of Roissy-Charles de Gaulle, one of Europe’s busiest airports.

Director Serge Le Péron on 'I Saw Ben Barka Get Killed'

28 October 2006
The socialist Mehdi Ben Barka was a leading figure in the national liberation movement which won Morocco independence from France in 1956. While in exile in the 1960s he continued to play a role in the anti-colonial movement internationally.

Robin Hood rides again

07 October 2006
Every generation seems to get its own version of the legend of Robin Hood. Most of the recent Robins, such as the one played by Kevin Costner in the 1991 film version, are wronged British noblemen who teach corrupt, often French, officials a lesson before being reconciled with the king and resuming their rightful status.

George Galloway: Unite to end disaster of Blairite policies

16 September 2006
He who half makes a revolution digs his own grave. Those words from the great French revolutionary Saint-Just don’t appear to have made much of an impression on the well read chancellor of the exchequer, Gordon Brown.

The government’s broken promises on climate change

09 September 2006
Right wing economist Frances Cairncross shocked climate campaigners last week by calling for the government to make adapting to the "inevitable consequences" of climate change a priority - not attempting to stop it.

STVA drivers on strike

26 August 2006
Vehicle handlers who are employed by the French-owned firm STVA struck on Wednesday of last week over pay.

Reports round-up

12 August 2006
The fight moves on at STVA Vehicle handlers who are employed by the French-owned firm STVA struck on Wednesday of last week over pay. The 35 workers, members of the T&G union, are based at sites in Scotland, Birmingham and Oxford.

Get Israel out of Lebanon

12 August 2006
George Bush, Tony Blair and France’s Jacques Chirac talk of peace in Lebanon. But in reality they have given Israel their blessing to continue its bombing and destruction.

Walter Benjamin and commodity capitalism

08 July 2006
On 15 July 1892, Walter Benjamin was born into a well heeled assimilated Jewish family in Berlin. On 26 September 1940, he was interrupted in his escape to the US from Nazi Germany. Prevented from crossing from Occupied France into Spain, weakened by illness and threatened with being handed over to the Gestapo, he chose suicide.

Reviews round-up

01 July 2006
Hidden (Caché)Directed by Michael HanekeDVD out now George and Anne, a middle class French couple, receive a videotape which has two hours of surveillance of their home.

Attac divisions reflect a shift

01 July 2006
During the dark years of the 1990s, there were a few signs that new movements of resistance were about to emerge. One of the most important was the formation in France in 1998 of Attac.

French left debate need for alternative

01 July 2006
The Ligue Communiste Revolutionnaire (LCR) held its national conference last weekend. The main item discussed was the policy of the organisation towards the 2007 presidential election.

Slaughter at the Somme

01 July 2006
On 1 July 1916, 150,000 British soldiers went "over the top" on the Western Front to attack the German trenches in the Somme region. The front, along which British and French armies confronted the German army, stretched from Switzerland to the Channel.

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