Posts Tagged ‘France’

Three reasons why French Socialists are right to oppose PM Valls’ austerity plan

by Tom Gill.

France’s ruling socialist party is in revolt. A very vocal minority don’t like the austerity plan of new PM Manuel Valls. And they are threatening to vote it down. Here’s 3 reasons why they are right. (Translated by Tom Gill from the original by Christian Chavagneux ) France’s new prime minister – now three weeks into […]

Blairites, Valls and Renzi, offer little hope for Eurozone

by Michael Meacher.

Valls and Renzi, the new prime ministers of France and Italy respectively, have made clear their respect for Blair and their intention to follow his example. That’s bad news for the Eurozone and for the EU in general. Blairism is not an economic ideology, but rather a style of leadership that is far more about […]

French socialist revolt continues

by Tom Gill.

The revolt in France’s socialist party continued this week as details of a fresh austerity plan were unveiled by new Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Valls has announced a 50 billion euro austerity plan to be funded largely by cuts to pensions, a freeze in public servants’ salaries and cuts to public services. The announcement was “received as a […]

François Hollande moves to silence left dissenters in French Socialist Party

by Jon Lansman.

After their drubbing in the polls, François Hollande has acted swiftly to ensure his chosen candidate, Jean-Christophe Cambadélis, was installed as party leader.  Cambadélis’s task is to ensure that any opposition to the party’s rightwards shift is silenced, notably that of the Socialist Party (PS) left faction, Maintenant la gauche, which opposes deficit reduction, and argues for the […]

Alexis Tsipras backs mass demonstration in Paris against austerity

by Tom Gill.

Thousands of people protested in Paris on Saturday calling for a change in the austerity policies of President Francois Hollande. The Front de Gauche, whose principle components are the French Communist Party (PCF) and the Parti de Gaunche, led the demonstration that declared “Hollande, enough!” and rallied “against austerity” and for “equality and the redistribution of […]

Hollande pays price for austerity in French municipal elections

by Jon Lansman.

It was a disastrous weekend for François Hollande and the French Socialist party (PS) as the mainstream right party, the Gaullist/neoliberal Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP), claimed victory and Marine Le Pen’s far-right Front Nationale (FN) also made significant gains. Leaders of the PS left faction, Maintenant la gauche, Senator Marie- Noëlle Lienemann and MP Jerome Guedj, are […]

On President Hollande’s New Year bomb

by Tom Gill.

Translated by Tom Gill from the original in l’Humanité by Patrick Apel -Muller François Hollande’s New Year message  did not mark a political turning point, which came just a few months after his election, but it expressed his right turn without any attempt at camoflauge. Priority is to be given to the demands of big business, […]

Islamic bonds and foreign state investment in UK, but still no UK public investment

by Michael Meacher.

Osborne is today unveiling a £200m Islamic bond or ‘sukuk’ to try to make the City of London the leading player in the sharia-compliant finance industry, which is estimated to be worth $1 trillion globally.’ He has made clear he wants to make the City the base for Chinese banks and a global hub for […]

Why French anti-fascists took to the streets last weekend

by Tom Gill.

Thousands marched in Paris and other cities in France last weekend to protest against  violence by far right groups which claimed the life of Clément Méric, a student union and anti-fascist activist. Below is a joint statement by the organisers and supporters of the demonstrations: Fascism kills. Together, we can fight it! On 5 June, right-wing militants […]

Why Hollande’s plan for more Europe is bad

by Tom Gill.

French President Francois Hollande wants us to believe that further European integration would fix the crisis. This is a bad strategy, for there’s no social dimension to Europe, just neo-liberalism. In a translation from the original, Eric and Guillaume Etievant Coquerel of the Left Party say France must stand up to Germany to change the […]

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