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

France: Die first, demand later?

April 3, 2020

Many workers are shocked that they are being made to return to work with promises of protective equipment when hospitals are short of it.

France: Our outrage!

April 1, 2020

“I am angry and I am outraged” is the cry from the heart of a psychologist from Mulhouse hospital

France: Who Will Foot the Bill?

March 21, 2020

This post is translated from French from: Everybody trusts virologists, emergency doctors and biologists to tell us what to do more than politicians who don’t know anything about the virus. The peak has not been reached, but hospitals are

France: After us, they have a go at our kids?

March 18, 2020

Coronavirus: inconsistencies at the top, discontent at the workplaces This post is translated from French from: High schools occupied by cops, kids gassed, teachers threatened… After us, they have a go at our kids?* Macron called on his troops

Coronavirus: inconsistencies at the top, discontent at the workplaces

March 18, 2020

On Tuesday evening, Edouard Philippe, after Castaner, Blanquer and Macron the night before, made his call for civism and “national union”. But all these representatives of power are much less comfortable when journalists relay the questions coming from the bottom of society as they still deny their own responsibility for the spread of the virus, linked to the damage done by their health policies.

49.3 and as Many Reasons to Revolt

March 2, 2020

this post is translated from French from: Just ten minutes! This is how long it took the government to decide to push through its pension reform in Parliament, hoping to put an end to almost four months of social

No Blanquer baccalaureate, no poverty pensions

February 3, 2020

The majority of RATP’s railway workers had to end the indefinite strike that began on 5 December against pension reform. But the response to the government’s attacks that began two months ago is not over. The thousands of firefighters who

Edouard Philippe pretends to back down: the fight goes on!

January 13, 2020

After 38 days of strike action, Édouard Philippe dropped a bone to the so-called “reformist” unions, CFDT being the main one. He followed the advice of his party representatives, worried about their re-election, and especially afraid of a possible extension

France: All Together, Against Macron and his World, Against the Power of the Rich

December 9, 2019

Translated by Speak Out Now: Translated from Convergences Révolutionnaires – Special Issue; December 2019; At the Élysée and Matignon palaces, the officials residences of the government officials, December 7-8 was “hot”: Édouard Philippe summoned his main executives in

December 5: Take down the “first in line”

December 2, 2019

It is starting to smell like trouble, all the way to the heads of state. Macron and his ministers are doing everything they can to stop the spread of the revolt after the December 5 strike. So they let out

On December 5, all against Macron and his policy

November 25, 2019

On Saturday, tens of thousands of people demonstrated in thirty cities to protest violence against women. Their anger at the government’s inaction and lack of resources in the face of domestic violence and feminicide adds to the anger of young

Macron is afraid of social unrest…. and rightly so!

November 18, 2019

“In Lyon-II, we have students who go hungry:” the president of this university, Nathalie Dompnier, evoked the 22-year-old student Anas K, who set himself on fire to protest against the precarious situation of many students, like his own. Everyone was

Macron subscribes to Le Pen

November 11, 2019

The government is under pressure. It fears an extension of the fights against its attacks, after the strikes in railways, Paris public transports, hospitals and elsewhere, not to mention the still active Yellow Jackets. So it finds scapegoats and uses

It’s a global fight…

November 4, 2019

From Algiers to Santiago, From Port-au-Prince to Hong Kong, and from Bayreuth to Panama, from one continent to another, people are rising. The rebellion is deep-rooted, millions of demonstrators are highly determined. And the mobilisations persist, despite police and military

From one revolt to another: time to change the system?

October 28, 2019

With one million demonstrators in the streets of Santiago last Friday, the Chilean mass mobilisation that started on October 18th is getting stronger. The announcement that the metro ticket price would increase provoked people’s anger. High school students were the

Support railway workers against the law of maximum profit

October 21, 2019

On October 16th, a train accident in the Ardennes forest, at the Saint-Pierre-sur-Vence level crossing, demonstrated how the National Railways Company (SNCF) cost cutting strategy endangers lives. A catastrophe was only avoided thanks to the actions of the train driver,

Macron insults the “lower classes”

October 7, 2019

Just as President Macron wished, the debate on immigration opened in the National Assembly on Monday, followed by the Senate on Wednesday. Most of all, what Macron wishes that this debate is talked about everywhere. Despised, Macron has decided to

Lubrizol: oil obscures the transparency

September 30, 2019

While there were no immediate victims, the Lubrizol plant accident, only three kilometres from Rouen city centre – the worse accident in France since the 2001 AZF explosion in Toulouse – shows the lack of concern of industry owners and

Make them back down!

September 24, 2019

Last Saturday in Paris, the government deployed its heavy artillery: 7,500 police officers were mobilised, police checked any gathering of 10 people, and in the end arrested 163 people. No doubt, the priority was to prevent the yellow jackets and

Make them back down!

September 16, 2019

Last Friday, Paris Public Transportation employees had the best response against the attack being prepared against our pensions: a massive strike. The strike involved train drivers as well as maintenance workers. Many departments were practically 100% on strike. Management kept

Hong Kong: Storm over Asia

August 30, 2019

August 30, 2019; An updated article based on an August 19, 2019 L’Étincelle Editorial All summer Hong Kong has been rocked by mass demonstrations against a bill allowing the extradition of political oppositionists to mainland China. Three young oppositionists were

Acts speak louder than words

July 1, 2019

Climate experts are saying that temperature peaks will get higher and higher… With the heat wave that just hit us, we got a sense of the climate emergency. This did not escape Macron’s attention. At the G20 summit in Osaka

Ban layoffs and job cuts!

June 24, 2019

Over 5,000 people demonstrated last Saturday in Belfort against the planned 1,000 layoffs at General Electric. GE, Ford, Peugeot, Carrefour: the government is an accomplice to the large corporations that are laying off employees, and is leading by example with

For a workers’ Europe, vote Lutte Ouvrière

May 20, 2019

With the European elections approaching, we keep being told there are only two choices: punish Macron by voting for any party that might finish first, in front of the president’s party, you know who we mean; or hold our noses

For a workers’ Europe, vote Lutte Ouvrière

May 13, 2019

In this European election campaign, Nathalie Loiseau and Macron are presenting themselves as the “progressive”, defenders of the European union against nationalism, which leads to war. But it is not easy to swallow their propaganda. Macron’s “progressive” outlook These alleged

Fake attacks, true emergencies

May 6, 2019

“They attacked the Pitié-Salpetrière hospital…” declared Christophe Castaner, the interior minister. That was on May 1st, after some demonstrators sought refuge on this Paris hospital grounds to escape from police attacks and tear gas flooding the neighbouring streets. Targeting the

Their great debate is ending? The fight goes on!

April 8, 2019

Macron’s “great debate” is never ending. There was Macron’s visit in Corsica, that many elected officials boycotted. There is Edouard Philippe’s “summary” of the debates today, during which he speaks of “fiscal exasperation” but won’t go as far as reinstating

An atmosphere of general discontent

April 1, 2019

Macron’s so-called great debate is about to end. And even if he is extending it a bit more, despite being described as “exhausted” and “close to burn-out,” he will soon publicise his “conclusions” … But while he dreams of “new

End of the world, end of the month, same battle!

March 18, 2019

After two months of a “great debate” shaped as a presidential one man show, Macron and his government got a reality call this weekend from mass demonstrations. Back urgently from his ski holiday, the president tried a new manoeuvre: to

Social anger in Algeria

March 4, 2019

Despite the hundreds of thousands of demonstrators all over Algeria for two weeks, against Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s running for a fifth term as president, his candidacy is maintained. Spokesmen for the Algerian president (as he cannot speak anymore) announced he promises

Venezuela: who benefits from the crisis?

February 25, 2019

Last weekend, humanitarian aid was blocked at the border between Venezuela and Colombia. With the support of Donald Trump, as well as Emmanuel Macron, Juan Guaido proclaimed himself president in place of Nicolas Maduro. Is this conservative up-and-comer a defender

Taking matters into our own hands!

February 18, 2019

This weekend was the three-month anniversary of the yellow jackets fight with Macron and his government. Once again, large demonstrations disproved all those in the government and the media who keep repeating that the movement is dying down. Well, it

All together against Macron and the bosses

January 28, 2019

There is really no way to bring the yellow jackets back into the fold. After Macron’s small meeting to sell his (electoral) program, his partisans attempted a “red scarf” operation, demonstrating and chanting pro-police slogans, to re-establish “republican order.” Not

Let’s all be in yellow!

January 14, 2019

Macron, with his usual arrogance, has encouraged workers to find again the “meaning of effort” and to be “engaged at work”. It is notorious that cleaning ladies, nursing assistants, workers – all the people who have been mobilised for two

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

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