Christmas with the gilets jaunes
24 December 2018
The 'yellow vests' revolt in France has targeted centrist president Macron, but left wing opinion has been divided over its unclear politics. Paul Cudenec reports from the protests – and finds a community spirit that bears little resemblance to the media's depictions
Revenge against the commons
8 July 2018
In France, a fight against a new airport has morphed into a defence of new ways of living. John Jordan reports from inside an ‘autonomous zone’ under attack by the state. Photographs by Penelope Thomaidi
France: The colonial republic
11 July 2017
The roots of France’s ascendant racism lie as deep as the origins of the French republic itself, argues Yasser Louati
1 October 2009
Frances Webber investigates the tabloid fantasies and desperate realities surrounding migrants in Calais
16 February 2009
John Mullen looks at the new hopes on France's radical left, where two new left parties and a looser federation are being founded
France’s new anti-capitalist party
10 January 2009
There's been surprisingly little discussion in the UK on the launch of the 'new anti-capitalist party' in France. Jim Jepps spoke to John Mullen, the editor of Socialisme International, to find out more
Why French and Dutch citizens are saying NO
1 June 2006
The French referendum on the EU constitution takes place on 29 May, followed by a similar referendum in The Netherlands on 1 June. Opinions polls show the 'no' side edging ahead, but in both countries it's still too close to call. The following virtual interview is based on presentations given at the Transnational Institute (TNI) Fellows' Meeting in Amsterdam on 21 May.
Paris is burning
1 November 2005
In 1991, after violent riots between youths and police scarred the suburbs of Lyon, French sociologist Alain Tourraine predicted that 'it will only be a few years before we face the kind of massive urban explosion of the American experience'. The 12 nights of consecutive violence following the deaths of two young Muslim men of African descent in a Paris suburb indicate that Tourraine's dark vision of a ghettoised, post-colonial France is now upon us.
Who really bombed Paris?
1 September 2005
The French response to 'Islamic terrorism' after the 1995 Paris metro bombing is often held up as a model. But there is strong evidence that the attacks were part of the Algerian government's 'dirty war' on its opponents.
Non de gauche: the French Left after the referendum
1 July 2005
The French No vote in the 29 May referendum on the European constitution had immediate consequences, both for the fate of the treaty and for domestic politics. But this was no mere mid-term protest against an unpopular government, nor further evidence of France's famed 'ungovernability', the fact that no government in the last thirty years has lasted more than one term in office. It actually marks an important staging post in the making of a new Left on the terrain of capitalist globalisation.
French Hijab ban: one year on
1 May 2005
Naima Bouteldja on why French Muslim school children are not celebrating the first anniversary of the 'headscarf ban'.