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

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

2017: The world according to Trump?

January 16, 2017

On January 20th, the racist and misogynist billionaire is sworn in as the head of the world’s first greatest power. After his surprise election, the revolting real estate mogul seems to have gained the respect from other heads of States

May 2017 be a year full of victorious social fights

January 9, 2017

Happy new year: the world top five billionaires of the year earned €42 billion altogether. A Frenchman was among them, Bernard Arnault. Finally a success for Hollande’s presidency! At the bottom of the ladder, there has been an additional million

Aleppo, sacrificed on the altar of the powerful

December 19, 2016

In brutal cold and hunger, over 40,000 trapped civilians in East Aleppo were still waiting to be evacuated last weekend. Evacuation operations had been stopped the day before by Bachar el Assad. Overwhelmed by the firepower of their enemies, broken

Pollution hell

December 12, 2016

Paris, Lyon, Grenoble and most major cities have experienced the largest pollution episode in over 10 years For several days, the concentration of fine particles in the air was over 80 microgram per cube meter in Paris and Lyon. For

Electoral show and class struggle

December 1, 2016

Satisfactory! That is how Hollande dared qualify his presidency, before renouncing another bid, making way for Valls to run, with Valls replaced as prime minister by Cazeneuve. Hollande, Valls: same track record While Holland renounces, Valls accepts the results of

How to Avoid Being “Trumpled” and Deceived?

November 14, 2016

Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election provoked emotion and concern among the people who were revolted by his racist, misogynist and reactionary remarks. Here, in France, all the politicians who pull on the same strings as the smooth-talking

A big electoral show

November 7, 2016

At the time of this writing, the result of the American presidential election is still unknown. But the winner is already known: the upper crust of the bourgeoisie of the world’s top capitalist power. Two different styles… On one side,

It is the capitalist jungle that should be broken up…

November 1, 2016

The government wanted to sell a beautiful story, that of a giant slum of 10,000 people, which it gently evacuated for humanitarian reasons. The government’s PR was almost perfect! But in fact, on October 24, Hollande and Valls launched the

What are the police doing?

October 24, 2016

Dressed in black, with hoods or masks and some of them armed, the demonstrators marched down the Champs Elysees on October 21st without authorization from the Prefecture. They were lucky. Last spring, the riot cops gassed and clubbed others demonstrators

Against the puppet show, let’s make our voices heard!

October 17, 2016

The debate between the seven candidates in the conservative primary has, unsurprisingly, shown that they agree to make us work harder, and to cut taxes for the rich and the corporations. As for Hollande, after ridiculing himself with his book

To the Point of Nausea

October 10, 2016

France, Europe, “welcoming lands”? What a sinister joke! Hollande may cry over the fate of the people of Aleppo, but those fleeing wars from Syria and elsewhere are treated as lepers by the government, while the racist and xenophobic demagogy

Solidarity with the refugees: Don’t let them divide us

October 3, 2016

While visiting Calais, Francois Hollande promised to break up the “jungle”, the camp where refugees wait in the hope to be able to go to the UK. The president’s promises were just what Calais’ conservative mayor had wished for: the

Layoffs and job cuts at Alstom, SFR, HSBC, Philips…

September 30, 2016

Bosses are on the offensive The announcement on September 7 by Alstom management of the closure of the Belfort site not only shocked an entire city but also weighs heavily on all workers in the group – they are 31,000

Stand with the Calais Migrants!

September 5, 2016

Last Friday, the interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, went to Calais to announce the coming dismantling of the “jungle”. And on Monday, a snail operation is organized by shopkeepers and truck drivers to demand a rapid break up of the camp.

What Now? Don’t Give Up!

June 14, 2016

The massive success of the June 14 demonstrations is clear. The mobilization against the Work law has continued for more than three months and shows no sign of letting go. Different sectors went on strike: refiners, garbage collectors, railway workers…

All Together, We Will Make Them Back Down!

June 6, 2016

Gattaz, Valls and Hollande have tried all kinds of disinformation: they said the strikers take the population “hostage”, they used blackmail about “the image of France” with the arrival of the Euro Cup, or they called to end the strikes

Mobilization against the Labor law: A New Impulse

May 24, 2016

For two and a half months, anger has been expressed against this Work law that aims to legalize all kinds of blackmail by employers. Seven days of strikes and inter-branch events have already mobilized many workers and young people. While

Valls Draws His 49-3…But We Have the Bigger Weapon

May 10, 2016

Having barely started, the debate on the Work law and its 5,000 amendments was stopped. Just before 4:00 pm today, the Prime Minister announced that he would use the 49-3 article of the constitution, allowing him to enact the law

To Repel the “Labor” Law…Act Now!

April 25, 2016

Last week, once again, Pierre Gattaz (the head of Medef, the bosses’ union) pretended to oppose the new version of the Work law: “the first version of the bill was going in the right direction, the new one is unbearable”

Night and Day: Workers, Standing!

April 18, 2016

Hollande’s appearance on TV last Thursday attracted fewer people than the crime series Falco… Anyway, all he said of the work Act is that it is maintained. Those who did not watch the presidential contortions have therefore not missed much!

EU – Turkey : The Deal of Shame

March 21, 2016

Following the agreement reached last Friday in Brussels with the Turkish government, most migrants landing on the Greek islands will be sent back to Turkey. This is how the Europe of the barbed wire disposes of men, women and children

Spring is in the Air: This is Just a Start…

March 14, 2016

Between 224,000 and 500,000 protesters were in the streets across the country on March 9! 1.2 million online signatures have been gathered against the Work Act. In less than three weeks, anger has been expressed, organized, demonstrated. A specter haunts

Get Rid of the Labor Act!

March 7, 2016

Already more than one million people have signed the petition against the Work Act of Myriam El Khomri. And the demonstrations planned for March 9 will be massive. So suddenly, Hollande and Valls started speaking of “dialogue” with the unions,

Goodbye, Labour Act

February 29, 2016

It’s our job to make them stop their attacks on workers! The Work Act of Myriam El Khomri is the reform of the Labour Code that the Medef (bosses union) and the big stockholders have been demanding for a long

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