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Crisis deepens across the political spectrum

19 November 2005
The riots in France have exacerbated the deep crisis facing all the country’s civic and political institutions. Many commentators have claimed this demonstrates a failure of the "French model of society", as if everything could be sorted out simply by prescribing more social programmes and rethinking what "citizenship" means. But this underestimates the situation.

France: an uprising of the poor

19 November 2005
The events in France over the last three weeks are more than a riot — they are an urban uprising on a scale not seen in Western Europe since the Second World War.

Dada: art as a weapon against the establishment

19 November 2005
The French Centre for Modern Art in Paris is featuring a rich exhibition about Dada until 9 January 2006.

Do riots achieve anything?

19 November 2005
The two weeks of rioting across France have seen extraordinary confrontations between young people and the police.

Rachid Taha interview: using music to oppose war

12 November 2005
Rachid Taha, the radical French Algerian singer, will join Brian Eno, Nitin Sawhney and others for the most exciting musical event of the year.

Despair behind the French riots

12 November 2005
Seine-Saint-Denis, on the outskirts of Paris, is known as the Banlieue Rouge, the red suburb.

France: rage of the poor

12 November 2005
The slums of France have risen in revolt.

Chance for credible alternative in France

15 October 2005
One million French workers struck and protested on Tuesday of last week. The popular strikes were called in opposition to attacks by the right wing government on the social security system and laws protecting workers.

Corsican strikes shake French ports

08 October 2005
French special forces stormed a Corsican ferry last week. Corsican trade unionists had seized control of the ship in protest at the privatisation of the SNCM ferry company.

Timeline of the Albigensian Crusade

01 October 2005
January 1208Pope Innocent III declares a crusade against the Languedoc region of southern France, stronghold of the heretical Cathar christian sect.

The Cathars — heretics who can inspire us today

01 October 2005
The popular perception of the crusades is of wars fought by christian Europeans against Muslims who inhabited the holy land. But the Albigensian Crusade (1209-1229) was fought by Europeans against Europeans in the south of France. It was not about a "clash of civilisations" — rather it was a clash of feudal power, fought by nobles and the church.

Debate grows on French left

10 September 2005
When Dominique de Villepin was appointed prime minister of France following the vote against the European Union (EU) constitution in the referendum in May, he promised his first 100 days in office would give confidence back to the French.

African music offers a social message against dictatorship and oppression

03 July 2005
It came as an insult when the Live8 organisers forgot to put any African artists in their line-up in London. Many of these artists regularly fill concert venues in Britain, France and have a huge following across the African continent.

Frances Curran — No price on right to demonstrate

18 June 2005
Perth & Kinross council have banned a march on the G8 summit, set for 6 July. They have allowed a rally to go ahead—but only if organisers pay thousands for the privilege. Scottish Socialist Party MSP, Frances Curran responded to the council’s moves

How the British left can take up Europe

11 June 2005
The no votes in the French and Dutch referendums on the European Constitutional Treaty have sent shockwaves through mainstream parties across the European Union (EU). France’s ruling conservative coalition and the centre left Socialist Party are in turmoil following the result.

European votes reveal the alternative

11 June 2005
The coverage by the so-called quality press of the referendums on the European constitution in France and the Netherlands has been a complete disgrace.

Using art as a weapon — Ousmane Sembène's story

11 June 2005
Ousmane Sembène was born in 1923 in Senegal. At the time this was part of the colony of French West Africa.

Who says?

04 June 2005
"They gave us a choice: vote yes or vote yes. They were constantly beating that into us, like no other choice was possible."Anne-Marie Latremoliere, who voted no in last Sunday’s French referendum

'Non' to Blairism — France's vote was a victory for the left

04 June 2005
Working people in France have delivered a defiant no to privatisation, neo-liberalism and Blairite policies across Europe.

An exciting opportunity for the left

04 June 2005
The vote will have a major impact in France. The Tory prime minister Raffarin was sacked on Tuesday of this week. President Chirac announced a new government in an attempt to calm the situation.

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