More than half a million public and private sector workers demonstrated
on February 5 against proposals to scrap the 35-hour week, while
100,000 school students came on the streets to protest against
education reform on February 10. The class struggle in France has
suddenly spluttered back into life after more than eighteen months of
The right-wing parties suffered an absolutely crushing defeat in the local elections in France. Never, in the entire history of the country, have the capitalist parties been so completely eradicated from elected institutions at any level. As we predicted the victory of the right two years ago was merely preparing an even bigger swing to the left at a later stage.
See the original in French: La déroute électorale plonge le gouvernement dans une crise majeure
The referendum in France on the European Constitution has resulted in a decisive defeat for the ruling class. In spite of a particularly intense campaign by the media, the UMP government and the right-wing of the Socialist Party, 55% of voters have rejected the treaty.
Pierre Broue is internationally renowned for his tireless work as a historian of
the international revolutionary movement. His histories of the Bolshevik Party,
the Communist International, the Spanish Revolution, and above all his recent
Life of Trotsky have been widely admired. His latest book on the Left Opposition
is yet another major contribution by this outstanding Trotskyist writer, who has
dedicated his life to the fight for international socialism.