The following are translations of editorials from the workplace newsletters of the organization L’Étincelle (The Spark), a Trotskyist group in France.

When will they wear red vests?

November 19, 2018

What if we were witnessing the beginning of a general social fight against the rich, a fight between workers and capitalists? A fight that does not leave any room to the right and far-right politicians? On Saturday 17th, many people

Don’t raise the tax on gas: Tax capital gains and raise wages!

November 12, 2018

More and more road “blockades” are expected on November 17th against the increase in gas prices. Originally put forth by small transportation company owners, greatly amplified by social networks, this call has resonated far beyond its initiators. Many in factories

Against high prices, wages need to be raised!

November 5, 2018

For weeks, there has been an increase in calls on social networks to block roads and roundabouts on November 17th. This action against the increase in gas prices is popular for good reasons: the government and the bosses are waging

Where is Brazil going?

October 29, 2018

Jair Bolsonaro was elected Brazil’s president on Sunday 28th October. This former army officer has been an unknown, second-rate politician for close to 30 years. He recently enjoyed an abrupt rise over a few months, despite his hateful, racist, homophobic

The dance of the criminals

October 22, 2018

  Since journalist Jamal Kashoggi disappeared while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, on October 2nd, the European governments have progressively started to display a fake outrage. As information were gradually revealed by the Turkish government, the hemming and hawing

Together, let’s make them hear our anger

October 8, 2018

  Last week, some retired workers called out Macron about their small pensions. He found nothing better than to say “the country would be better off if people stopped complaining.” Of course, this latest provocation was not aimed at the

Macron, the champion of disguise

October 1, 2018

  Macron made a show at the UN general assembly. In this festival of heads of states, he acted like a leader of the fight for the environment and against inequalities… He got an ovation and an earth champion prize…

To fight unemployment… cry against the unemployed?

September 24, 2018

The government unveiled the outlines of the coming reform of unemployment benefits. “Everything is open for negotiation” says the Minister for Labour… as long as this results in an additional €3-4 billion in savings within three years. All possible reforms

Migrants yesterday, world champions today

July 16, 2018

All politicians, on the left, right, and far-right are saying it: “France cannot take in all the world’s poor.” And yet the players who gave France its second football world cup are, in part, descendants of “migrants.” A French team

We won’t get pushed around!

May 8, 2018

“We’re angry railway workers, and we won’t get pushed around!” chanted the Parisian strikers who had gathered, on May 7th, in two Paris train stations. These demonstrations, which lasted the whole afternoon, despite the cops’ attacks with batons and tear

Another world is possible

April 23, 2018

The government says there is no money. We need to save on personnel in hospitals and schools. We must accept job insecurity and the end of railway workers special status. At the same time, they go to war in Syria,

This is just a start…!

April 2, 2018

SNCF, Carrefour, Air France, Universities, all together: This is just a start…! 300 Carrefour supermarkets on strike last weekend, strikes planned at Air France, universities occupied by students against the social selection plan for university admissions. And of course, the

This is just a start!

March 22, 2018

With the arrogance of an ex-business banker, Macron has led attack after attack against workers since his election. He now attacks railway workers head-on, hoping to break their fighting spirit and demoralise the whole working class, like Thatcher did with

All on strike on March 22nd, to begin a general fight

March 19, 2018

There were a lot of retirees out on March 15th. Tens of thousands of them in the country took to the streets, to protest against decreased pensions, together with retirement home employees. They have been called “privileged” persons by Macron,

Syria and migrants: a hypocrite and cynical government

February 26, 2018

Macron’s hypocritical speech on February 21st, giving moral lessons and asking for a truce in Syria, was given the same day as his Interior Minister, Gerard Collomb, presented his new bill to close even further the door on migrants and

All under attack: so, all mobilised?

February 19, 2018

Macron’s Bulldozer keeps moving forward. After the rulings on labour law, and before reforming unemployment benefits, he is targeting working class youths and public sector employees. As arrogant as ever, Macron just forgot one thing: he has now united the

Slavery in Libya: The French government’s responsibility

December 4, 2017

Macron was visibly annoyed by Burkina Faso student questions during his African Trip,‭ ‬when he snapped:‭ “‬The people smugglers in Libya are not French.‭ ‬They are African‭”‬.‭ ‬Certainly,‭ ‬there is no lack of people to take advantage of the situation

Slavery in Libya: The hatchet men‭… ‬and their‭ ‬backers

November 27, 2017

Images‭ ‬originally‭ ‬shown November‭ ‬14th on CNN‭ ‬have‭ ‬made it around the world.‭ ‬They show migrants in Libya being sold as slave at auctions.‭ ‬For a few‭ ‬hundred euros‭… ‬The people smugglers who take advantage of people’s misery to‭ ‬extort

It’s criminal,‭ ‬but it’s legal‭!

November 13, 2017

An international collaboration between news organisations revealed some dark secrets of fiscal‭ “‬optimisation‭” ‬practiced by multinationals and‭ ‬the super-rich.‭ ‬In France,‭ ‬€20‭ ‬billion escape income tax,‭ ‬and that’s a conservative estimate.‭ ‬That’s four times the shortfall in‭ ‬the‭ ‬social security

Macron and Philippe:‭ ‬bean counters for the bosses‭!

November 6, 2017

What the‭ ‬bosses‭’‬ union‭ ‬(Medef‭) ‬had been dreaming about,‭ ‬the government did.‭ ‬The‭ ‬administration put‭ ‬a‭ ‬“calculator of severance pay‭ ‬for wrongful dismissal‭”‬ online on its‭ ‬ website,‭ ‬for the bosses to use.‭ ‬It‭’‬s‭ ‬quite easy to use.‭ ‬Say you‭’‬re

Sexual harassment: Breaking the silence‭… ‬at work too

October 23, 2017

Asked about‭ ‬the‭ ‬Harvey Weinstein story during his‭ ‬October‭ ‬15th long interview‭ ‬on the TF1‭ ‬channel,‭ ‬Emmanuel Macron‭ ‬shed a‭ ‬perfunctory‭ ‬tear about the daily violence experienced by women.‭ ‬In a surge of political courage,‭ ‬he is about to‭… ‬cancel

Taking Aim At Unemployment… Or At The Unemployed?

October 16, 2017

On October 15th, Emmanuel Macron held the floor for over an hour on the TF1 channel. He is happy with all his policies: rulings on the Labour Code, increase in social security contributions, decrease in individual housing assistance, cutting the

Catalonia: From Anti-Referendum Repression To Social Unrest?

October 2, 2017

With clubs and rubber bullets, repression hit the independence referendum organised on October 1st in Catalonia. 844 people were injured, two of them seriously. The Spanish government deployed 10,000 police officers and civilian guards to close the polling stations and

September 12: On Strike and in the Streets

September 10, 2017

Once again, President Macron let drop a comment full of contempt. He declared he would not give in to “lazy people, cynical people, nor extremists”. He plays the role of a self-righteous head of state, ready to force his policy

Who Welcomes Who?

July 10, 2017

It’s true, the government is doing its best to welcome them. It passed measures after measures to attract them. Nice homes, world class high schools for their kids, and even the right to use their own language in court, under

Decrees: He’s Not So Confident!

July 3, 2017

Facilitate layoffs, limit the period during which workers can file a complaint to the industrial tribunals, cap compensation pay for wrongful dismissal, in short keep workers at the whim of their employers. No surprise, the project allowing the government to

Will This Be A Hot Summer?

June 26, 2017

Heat waves like last week’s – which hit 66 departments for several days – may happen more often in the coming years, because of global warming. So we might learn a few things from that one… “Situation under control”: really?

Let’s Back Up!

June 12, 2017

Macron will get a majority of representatives ready to go “forward”. Since Sunday night, the news media keep going on and on about this “historical result”. What’s really historical is the abstention rate (51.29%). So the “tsunami” of La Republique

A Government of the Bosses

May 22, 2017

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe just chose his general staff to lead the bosses attacks. Macron pretended to be “outside the system”, but now his government includes graduates of the National Administration School, old politicians ready to switch party, and business

A Banker Became President, Let’s Prepare Our Response!

May 8, 2017

Emmanuel Macron (66.1%) won the second round of the presidential election against Marine Le Pen (33.9%). But a lot of people refused to participate in this non-choice, and chose to show they rejected both candidates. Now we have to prepare

Let Us Have Our Own Round!

April 24, 2017

No surprise. The polls correctly predicted who would benefit from the discredit of the left and the right. On the second round of this electoral show, we will thus have… a non-choice: Le Pen or Macron. Marine Le Pen wants

Is Philippe Poutou’s Program Utopian?

April 3, 2017

That’s what they want to believe! Every time Philippe Poutou talks about his program, on TV or radio, there is always a journalist to reply: “but isn’t it utopian?” Are the emergency measures for the working class really utopian? Is

Elections – The Bourgeois Soap Opera

March 6, 2017

In the last few episodes of the Fillon saga, the conservative candidate acted as the victim of a heartless justice system, harassing him for petty reasons (only a few hundred thousand euros). This is perhaps a stretch from someone who

A Mistake? No, It’s A System!

February 20, 2017

Thousands of demonstrators protested against police brutality in Paris last Saturday. They expressed their support to Theo, 21, who was raped during a police check in Aulnay-sous-Bois. Other demonstrations took place in Caen, Nice, Le Mans, Poitiers, Montpellier, Dijon, Nantes

Police Brutality and Gang Rape

February 13, 2017

Theo, 21, was raped during a police check in the Rose des Vents neighborhood of Aulnay-sous-Bois. No summary trial for the cops involved in the rape. They were just relieved from active duty… The police internal investigation section is trying

A Facelift and Here They Go Again

January 30, 2017

Valls had to swallow his pride after losing the socialist primary. After all the attacks he had waged against the working class as prime minister, starting with the El Khomri law, this is only deserved. That’s probably the message intended

Something new with the SP? Absolutely not!

January 23, 2017

Not many people made the effort to participate in the Socialist Party primary on Sunday. Among the ones who did, only 30% – half a million people – supported Manuel Valls. Even people close to the SP did not appreciate

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