France

French Labor Reform Attempts to Remove Labor Union Protection

September 7, 2017

Recently elected French president Emmanuel Macron makes another run at Labor reform, which protests defeated several times before. CEPR’s Dean Baker explains that the measures, if passed, will not boost France’s economy

France’s New President Wins Parliament Vote, But Faces Problems Implementing Program

June 13, 2017

Even though French president Francois Macron will probably have an overwhelming majority in the new National Assembly, the low turnout and on-going resistance to neoliberalism will complicate his program, says CEPR’s Alex Main

French President Elect: Unveiling The Golden Boy Emmanuel Macron

May 8, 2017

Macron takes 90% of the vote in bourgeois Paris but Le Pen got 56% of the workers across France says Serge Halimi of Le Monde Diplomatique

France’s Left Presidential Candidate Melenchon Rising Rapidly in Polls

April 15, 2017

Jean-Luc Melenchon’s rise in the polls could lead to a political upheaval in France, should he make it to the run-off vote on April 23, says Renaud Lambert of Le Monde Diplomatique

Right-Wing Populism Permeates French Presidential Elections

March 30, 2017

The discontent of ordinary people with the political elite to deal with the effects of globalization is benefiting Marine Le Pen in the polls, says Le Monde Diplomatique’s Renaud Lambert

Leading Candidate for French President Hit By Scandal

February 3, 2017

Left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon could face a very popular right-wing candidate in Marine Le Pen; if victorious, Melenchon would find himself surrounded by hostile actors like Syriza did when they took power in Greece, says Renaud Lambert

Islamophobia: An Acceptable Form of Racism in France?

November 18, 2016

Yasser Louati says the state confronts the problem of anti-Semitism but promotes Islamophobia, which is being used by the far-right National Front party to promote itself

One Year After Paris Attacks, France Moving Towards Permanent State of Emergency

November 17, 2016

French human rights and civil liberties activist Yasser Louati says extreme measures of mass surveillance targeting Muslims are not effective in deterring terrorism

France’s Parliament Deals Major Blow to Labor

July 10, 2016

French PM fast tracks bill that radically changes collective bargaining practices, leading citizens to take to the street and pressure a vote for his ouster

Hollande Capitulates to EU Pressure on Labor Laws Risking His Own Presidency

June 20, 2016

Renaud Lambert of Le Monde Diplomatique says Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, came to France to endorse Hollande and his decree on restrictive labor reforms

French President Threatens to Outlaw Protests Against Labor Reforms

June 17, 2016

Le Monde Diplomatique’s Renaud Lambert says social movement and the government are locking horns, Prime Minister Manuel Valls and President Francois Hollande have both said that they will not budge

Growing Labor Protests Paralyzing France

June 1, 2016

Renaud Lambert of Le Monde Diplomatique says the growing resistance to Hollande’s labor policies is similar to anti-austerity movements in Spain and Greece

Air France Pilots Join Labor Protests Cancelling Flights Ahead of European Soccer Tournament

June 1, 2016

France’s labor law reforms have sparked a growing union and student-led movement accompanied by major strikes in the nation’s oil refineries, nuclear power plants, and rail and air traffic systems. But the French right could come to power in 2017 as the Socialist Party continues to lose support due to the unpopular measures, says Jonah Birch, contributing editor at Jacob magazine. The changes will grant employees greater power to lay off workers and increase weekly working hours, leading some like Birch to question claims by the Socialist Party that this will decrease unemployment. “The idea that these reforms are going to solve France’s unemployment problem – we really should be skeptical of those arguments,” says Birch. For the last few years, the nation’s main labor market policy sought the liberalization of labor code and granted tax subsidies for employers without conditions that would benefit workers. Birch also says the changes are being pushed by the domestic elites and are not driven by the European Union. Hollande implemented the measures by presidential decree earlier in May.

Sales Tax Hike in France Sparks Protest

November 26, 2013

Groups say President Hollande broke his promise to tax the wealthy. Instead, he’s increased sales taxes which adversely affect the working class.