After President Chirac’s intervention
and the refusal of the government to back down, the only way to
defeat the CPE is for an all out mobilisation of the working class
for a 24-hour general strike to bring down the government.
As we reported, French workers and students took to the
streets on Tuesday, March 28, in a massive way. The only way the
workers and youth can move forward to victory and avoid falling into
tiredness and disappointment, is by declaring a proper and effective
general strike aimed not only at the withdrawal of the Contrat
Première Embauche but also at the unseating of the current
government, which has by far overrun its mandate.
strikes and demonstrations brought over three million workers onto
the streets of France, with 700,000 marchers in Paris and 250,000 in
Marseille. In the last 60 years, this movement has only been equalled
by those of the revolutionary events of May and June 1968. It is
provoking serious divisions right at the top of the ruling class, a
clear symptom of revolutionary developments.
A new and particularly
vicious attack on the basic rights of young workers has led to a
spectacular upsurge of protest and struggle in France. Once again,
millions of students and workers have taken to the streets to defend
their interests against the most reactionary government ever seen in
France since the Vichy regime at the time of the Second World War.
The situation in France highlights all the contradictions of European capitalism and clearly indicates where the rest of Europe is going. Here Greg Oxley comments on the situation. Listen to the interview here (mp3 file).