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France’s mass movement beats back neo-liberalism

15 April 2006
After two and a half months of struggle the mass movement of students, high school students and workers has forced the French government to abandon its youth employment scheme (CPE).

A message from the French strike movement: 'We have won and so can you'

15 April 2006
The neo-liberal attack on wages and working conditions across Europe was dealt a great blow this week when a mass movement of young people and workers in France forced the country’s right wing government to scrap its CPE employment law.

François Chesnais: The tide is turning against neo-liberalism

08 April 2006
Many people have noted that the movement in France today is in the vanguard of a growing consensus that neo-liberal capitalism cannot be left to dominate the world. This is related to the fact that France has a particular history of struggle which has never been wiped out.

1956: Imperialism and resistance in Egypt

08 April 2006
In our school history books it is called "the Suez crisis". This was the moment when the sun went down on the British Empire. Egyptians call the events of October and November 1956 "the triple aggression". They remember with pride how they defeated an invasion by Israel, Britain and France.

Learning lessons from France’s past

08 April 2006
The present movement against the CPE labour laws contains elements of all the struggles in France against neo-liberalism of the past decade—and is in some ways a culmination of each of them.

A crucial week for the French movement

08 April 2006
Huge numbers of young people and workers took to the streets of France on Tuesday in continuing protests against the right wing government’s CPE youth labour laws.

French workers and students speak out

08 April 2006
Danièle Obono is a student activist at the Sorbonne university in Paris, which has been shut down by the authorities since riot police attacked a student occupation on 11 March. She spoke to Socialist Worker about how students built for this Tuesday’s strike

Resistance can turn the neo-liberal tide

01 April 2006
There is a lot resting on the outcome of the pensions fight in Britain and the uprising in France against the new labour code.

France revolts

01 April 2006
Tuesday's mass strike in France went ahead because the protest movement against new labour laws for young people continued to grow throughout last week. It put mobilisation first, not a vain hope of successful talks with the government.

The day we showed our power to win

01 April 2006
Up to one and a half million workers struck in Britain. Three million workers, students and young unemployed demonstrated in 150 towns and cities across France.

Politicisation at the heart of the French movement

01 April 2006
Last weekend many people feared that the trade unions delay in calling a general strike would be a serious blow. But more than 80 universities continue to be occcupied or heavily affected by strikes.

French protests reach new peak

01 April 2006
Three million young people and workers demonstrated and struck across France on Tuesday of this week. It was a historic day of action and a magnificent display of solidarity against the government’s CPE labour laws.

Battling neo-liberalism

01 April 2006
France’s bosses, and the politicians that back them, have been trying to ram through such neo-liberal "reforms" for over a decade, but have faced continuous resistance from workers and the left.

France 1968: a year to remember

01 April 2006
French students take to the streets and occupy their colleges. The police attack with batons and tear gas. It’s no surprise that people ask, is it 1968 all over again?

France: the workers and students unite

25 March 2006
Trade union leaders in France have called a one-day general strike for Tuesday of next week.

French student: ‘We are part of a united front against this law’

25 March 2006
Every morning at 7am students arrive to blockade our university. We put desks and chairs across the entrances.

Challenge for the French left

25 March 2006
For the past ten years various French governments have been trying to break with what they call the "Juppé syndrome".

The spirit of ’68 returns to France

25 March 2006
French youth are in revolt. From the poor suburbs to the elite universities, young people have taken to the streets, occupied universities and closed schools in protest at new employment laws that will trash their rights at work.

‘This revolt has become much more than a battle about the laws on youth employment’

25 March 2006
The French government has decided not to negotiate, so we have called a general strike. The call has come from the trade unions, the youth trade unions and the national coordination committees of students.

Strike: for pensions rights and for all our futures

25 March 2006
Tuesday 28 March can be the start of a new chapter in British workers’ history. We need it to be as exciting and militant as the revolt we’ve seen in France.

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