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Macron wounded, but still eyeing austerity

Macron wounded, but still eyeing austerity

The second round of the French local elections, at the end of June, was bad news for president Emmanuel Macron, whose candidates did very poorly. In response, Macron switched prime ministers, replacing high-profile operator Edouard Philippe with an unknown right winger, Jean Castex, whose previous experience consisted mostly of being mayor of a town with […]

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Sky News Billboard Screen by Chris Heathcote, Flickr

Labor and the social crisis at France Telecom

The French courts recently found the telecommunications firm Orange/France Telecom and its top managers guilty of “moral harassment” connected to a wave of worker suicides a decade ago. The former management team, including the former CEO, face jail time and fines, while the company was ordered to pay 3 million euros in damages to the […]

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A colonial poster from French-ruled Algeria

A new civilising mission

The campaign to ‘liberate’ Algerian women sheds light on the contemporary place of Muslim women in France—and the double aggression against them, both by the state and by a section of the feminist movement.

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Protesters (France - Yellow Vest Movement)

Europe on the brink of collapse?

The Empire’s European castle of vassals is crumbling. Right in front of our eyes. But Nobody seems to see it. The European Union (EU), the conglomerate of vassals–Trump calls them irrelevant, and he doesn’t care what they think about him, they deserve to be collapsing.

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Macron, Yellow Vests and the class struggle in France

Macron, Yellow Vests and the class struggle in France

As the Yellow Vest movement in France continues its novel and inspiring revolt, president Emmanuel Macron could not help expressing his class disdain for ordinary people: at a gala speech on 11 January, he declared: “Too many French people don’t know the meaning of the word ‘effort’. That’s part of the explanation for the present […]

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Macron’s ongoing Yellow Vest nightmare

Ghosts of Christmas present

Act Five for the popular Yellow Vest revolt against poverty in France came on 15 December–but it was not the finale. The movement remains vibrant and determined, especially in big southern towns such as Toulouse and Bordeaux.

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