Today, 62 years ago, Paris was liberated from the Nazis in a mass movement from below. "It has been this mass movement of the French workers, peasants
and middle class which has forced the retreat of the German army.
The culminating point, which has marked the entry of the French
masses once again onto the arena of history, was the insurrection
of the workers of Paris." We republish Ted Grant's article from 1944, analysing these significant events.
The withdrawal of the CPE is a humiliating defeat for Chirac and the de Villepin government. They came out of this ordeal completely discredited. After the struggle against pension reforms in 2003, against the referendum on the European Constitution, and the revolt of the estates in November last year, the massive mobilisation of youth and workers against the CPE constitutes new evidence that France has entered an era of great social and political instability.
Representatives of the
Sindicato de Estudiantes (Students' Union) and the Marxist tendency
El Militante, together with several trade unionists, gathered in
front of the French embassy in Madrid last week to express their
rejection of the serious attack of the Chirac-Villepin-Sarkozy
government, which is attempting to impose the CPE on the French youth
and workers. See also the Spanish version.
We publish this report on
the week of anti-CPE activities in Toulouse. The report explains the
methods of the students and workers in their struggle and highlights
the need for decisive action on the part of the trade unions to
The In Defence of Marxism
website interviewed Stephen Bouquin, professor of sociology at Amiens
university and member of the SNES-Sup union (Syndicat National des
Enseignements de Second degré) about the recent events in
The movement in France has been
building up momentum. There have now been five very successful days
of action, each being bigger than the preceding one. The danger now
is that the union leaders fall into the trap being prepared by the
right-wing government, opening up pointless negotiations aimed at
tiring out the workers and youth. There should be no dithering.
Organise a 24-hour general strike now!