On January 28 and 29 a memorial meeting was held at the Institute of Political Studies at Grenoble University to pay homage to the life and works of Pierre Broué, that outstanding Marxist historian and revolutionary. Among the speakers were Alan Woods, Celia Hart and Trotsky’s grandson, Esteban Volkov.
The revolt of the youth on the estates of cities right across France reflects a deep malaise within French society, especially among the most downtrodden layers. You cannot coop up unemployed immigrant youth in the dreary estates on the outskirts of France’s cities, leave them without hope, oppressed and discriminated against, and expect life to continue as normal. This eruption of violent protest is an indication of a wider movement that will affect every layer of French society in the coming period, particularly the working class and its organisations.
million workers and youth participated in the mass demonstrations during the
national day of action in France on October 4, in which some 100 000 marched in
Paris. This new high point in the recent history of the workers’ movement is a
further indication of the explosive social and political situation that exists
in France. The day of action, which included public sector strikes, was
supported by all the main trade union organisations.
As we announced a few
weeks ago, on July 25, Pierre Broué passed away. We have published several
articles remembering the role this remarkable man played in the development of the
ideas of Marxism. Here we publish a piece by two Italian Marxists that gives an
interesting insight into the life of Pierre Broué, based on several long
conversations with him in the final years of his life, and on a thorough
reading of his works.