France is in the
middle of its second youth revolt in the span of just a few months
time. Students and workers all across France are mobilising against
the proposed First Employment Contract. A national demonstration will
be held this weekend against the proposed legislation, and some 1 to
1.5 million people are expected to turn out. The stage is being set
for a decisive battle between the working class and the Villepin
A detailed analysis of the November/December 1995 General Strike in France. On those months millions of workers and youth took the streets of France in a movement which in certain aspects was even bigger than that of the May 1968. The effects of such a movement were felt all over Europe. In June 1996 workers in Germany carried banners saying: "We want to struggle in the French way".
The development of the ATTAC association in France, launched by le Monde Diplomatique, has attracted a lot of attention on the left. This article from the French Marxist magazine, La Riposte, analyses this phenomenon and outlines the limitations of its programme and its effectiveness in fighting world capitalism.