Category: France

Cerveaux Non Disponsibles: For the Gilets Jaunes, there won’t be an “after”

The Gilets Jaunes are not just another strike or protest movement. They are in perpetual movement. There isn’t an “after.” Because there isn’t an end.

Juan Cole: Germany, France Refuse Trump’s Operation against Tehran

The government of Angela Merkel in Germany has rejected participation in the the Trump administration’s naval mission, “Operation Sentinel”

Mediapart: Gilets Jaunes gather for third “Assembly of Assemblies”

At their third assembly since January, Gilets Jaunes from all over France gathered to discuss ways of moving forward, strongly believing that their future is local

Steve Early: A Plant Closing War, Viewed From Inside

At War, a new movie from Cinema Libre Studio, vividly portrays shop floor resistance to corporate power in small-town France

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’

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

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

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

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