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!
A massive demonstration
marched through the streets of Paris today, April 4, on the national
day of action against the hated First Employment Contract introduced
by the right-wing government of de Villepin. According to the CGT,
more than 700,000 people participated in the demonstration, making it
bigger than the one on March 28.
We publish this statement by La Riposte
on the latest developments in France. The intervention of President
Chirac had the opposite effect of what was intended. The mobilisation
of students is reaching historic levels. Now is the time for a
massive mobilisation of the working class in a 24-hour general
strike. Also available in French.
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.