Category: France

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Richard Greeman: Police Tear-Gas Climate Campaigners in Paris

If the social struggle rises again next Fall, as it must in this increasingly unequal society with a long revolutionary history and a hereditary hatred of the contemptuous aristocrats who rule over it, who knows what will happen?

Philippe Marlière: France: The Yellow Vests’ Missed Opportunity

The movement’s most fundamental characteristic is its loathing of representative democracy: the Yellow Vests despise professional politicians and describe them as ‘corrupt’ and ‘incompetent’

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Richard Greeman: Yellow Vests Struggle To Reinvent Democracy  

Hundreds of autonomous Yellow Vest activist groups from all over France each chose two delegates (one woman, one man) to gather in the port city of St. Nazaire for a weekend of deliberation

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Ryan Gallagher: France Takes Unprecedented Action Against Reporters

Journalists in France are facing potential jail sentences in an unprecedented case over their handling of secret documents detailing the country’s involvement in the Yemen conflict

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Richard Greeman: Yellow Vests Six Months Later

The Yellow Vests represent a spontaneous, self-organized social movement has ever held out for half a year in spite of repression while retaining its autonomy, resisting cooptation, bureaucratization and sectarian splits

Lundi Matin: Gilets Jaunes aim to rebuild democracy from below

The second “Assembly of Assemblies” of the Yellow Vests showed both the importance and challenges of organizing a nation-wide direct democratic resistance movement

Gilets Jaunes: Gilets Jaunes assembly calls for national week of action

Call for a national week of action starting from May 1 and for the creation of a socio-ecological popular movement

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Richard Greeman: Yellow Vests Struggle To Reinvent Democracy

Hundreds of autonomous Yellow Vest activist groups from all over France each chose two delegates (one woman, one man) to gather in the port city of St. Nazaire for a weekend of deliberation (April 5-7)

Alexis Poulin: The Invisible People

France’s Yellow Vest Revolt Against Macron & Elites Reaches 20 Weeks

Gabriel Rockhill: Spectacular Violence as a Weapon of War Against the Yellow Vests

Violence is a spectacular weapon deployed by the ruling class to discredit movements from below and justify their repression. It is spectacular in the sense of being a great and powerful political tool for governing the masses, and keeping them in their place. In order to do this, however, the weapon of violence is spectacular in Read more…

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