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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.

Huge demonstrations rock the French government

25 March 2006
The movement against a youth employment law – know by the acronym CPE – in France has been on the rise for the last week with huge demonstrations and more and more universities on strike, blockaded and occupied.

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.

Unity between workers and the young has put the Tory government onto the back foot

18 March 2006
Even if spring has not officially begun, the temperature is rising very sharply on the streets in France.

This is the spirit of the 1960s

18 March 2006
The wave of protest in France reflects anger at the CPE labour law, which would drastically undermine the job security of young workers.

French students in new rebellion

18 March 2006
Over half of the 82 universities in France are taking part in strike action against the Tory government’s plans. Twenty five universities are in occupation.

Slowing down Bolkestein's race to the bottom

25 February 2006
Tens of thousands of workers protested outside the European parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday of last week against the neo-liberal Bolkestein directive.

France unites against neo-liberal jobs plan

18 February 2006
Around 400,000 people demonstrated across France on Tuesday of last week against the right wing government’s plans for a neo-liberal "contract for young people".

David McVicar’s Figaro: a marriage made in heaven

11 February 2006
The Marriage of Figaro, first performed in 1786, is arguably Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s most overtly political opera. It is based on a drama by radical French playwright Pierre Beaumarchais.

LCR congress: striving for unity in France

28 January 2006
Since the public sector strikes of November-December 1995 France has been in the vanguard of the resistance to neo-liberal policies in Europe. The French referendum on the European constitution on 29 May 2005 marked a decisive defeat for this attempt by the ruling classes of the continent to hard-wire free market policies into European society.

Dock workers’ struggle across Europe

21 January 2006
Around 6,000 dockers attempted to storm the European parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Monday. Police used water cannons and tear gas to try keep thousands of workers from across Europe away from the EU politicians.

France’s contradictions

10 December 2005
The contemporary French political scene is intensely contradictory, which is one of the reasons it so difficult to comprehend. Insisting on one or other aspect in isolation from the wider context inevitably leads activists and observers to slalom from euphoria to despair in the matter of days or weeks.

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