After new Islamist attacks, Paris responds with repression

Vol. 84/No. 45 - November 16, 2020

Since the opening Sept. 2 of the trial of 14 people accused of aiding the deadly anti-Semitic assault in 2015 on the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, there have been three brutal assaults and killings in France…


Paris uses anger over killing, Jew-hatred to attack rights

Vol. 84/No. 44 - November 9, 2020
Sign at Paris rally Oct. 18 says, “Hey Abadou, you do not represent Islam or Muslims,” referring to killer of Samuel Paty. Government is attempting to use anger at killing to weaken political rights.

The Oct. 16 beheading of history teacher Samuel Paty by an Islamist terrorist in a Paris suburb is an attack on freedom of speech and the rights of all working people, as well as a deadly consequence of Jew-hatred. The…


French auto workers strike over Renault plant closures

Vol. 84/No. 24 - June 22, 2020
Renault workers lead 1,000 autoworkers and their supporters in June 6 march to plant that bosses say they want to shutter. Lead banner says, “No to the closing of the Renault-Choisy factory after 70 years of existence.” Workers chanted, “We won’t move! Renault-Choisy is ours!”

Facing plant closings by the bosses at Renault, autoworkers in France are organizing strikes and protest rallies against company plans to eliminate 4,600 jobs nationwide. These actions have forced the company to back off  from some of the plant closings…


Thousands of autoworkers in Spain, France strike against plant closings

Vol. 84/No. 23 - June 15, 2020
Nissan workers protest in Barcelona May 28, chanting “If this is not fixed — war, war, war!” demanding auto bosses reverse decision to shut down factories there in move to boost profits.

Thousands of autoworkers have gone on strike in Spain and France demanding their jobs back after both Nissan and Renault bosses announced factory closings and layoffs. As auto bosses and others gear up to resume production after lengthy government-mandated closures,…


French workers continue protest against Macron’s pension assault

Vol. 84/No. 7 - February 24, 2020
Sailors march in Marseille, France, Jan. 29 as part of a national day of protest against government plans to raise retirement age from 62 to 64 and to cut back workers’ pensions.

PARIS — Sizable union-led protests have continued against French President Emmanuel Macron’s attack on workers’ pensions, despite the end of a six-week national rail strike Jan. 29 called to oppose the assaults. The strike was joined by workers walking out…


French workers strike, protest government attacks on pensions

Vol. 84/No. 3 - January 27, 2020

PARIS — Sizable demonstrations by the General Confederation of Workers (CGT) and other unions continue in France against the assault on pensions by the government of President Emmanuel Macron. Tens of thousands took to the streets Jan. 11 in a…


After nearly 3-year strike, Idaho silver miners approve contract

Vol. 84/No. 3 - January 27, 2020

SEATTLE — After nearly three years on strike silver miners in Mullan, Idaho, voted 86-78 to ratify a new contract with the Hecla Mining Co. Jan. 6. The unionists, members of United Steelworkers Local 5114, walked out at the Lucky…


French protests say ‘Hands off our pensions’!

Vol. 83/No. 47 - December 23, 2019

PARIS — Unionists and other working people across France carried out a one-day strike Dec. 5 and mounted sizable demonstrations in defense of their pensions. The actions were centered among public service sector workers in transportation, schools and public hospitals.…


French public hospital workers protest government cutbacks

Vol. 83/No. 47 - December 23, 2019

PARIS — Some 10,000 public hospital workers conducted a one-day strike and march here Nov. 14 to defend the country’s public hospitals. For the first time, members of all medical professions — from nursing assistants to doctors — acted together.…


French rulers expand military intervention into West Africa

Vol. 83/No. 46 - December 16, 2019

French ground troops are being deployed to Burkina Faso. This is the first major dispatch of imperialist troops to that West African country, an attempt to shore up a weakening capitalist regime in a region racked by instability. The deployment…