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

Migrants yesterday, world champions today

July 16, 2018

All politicians, on the left, right, and far-right are saying it: “France cannot take in all the world’s poor.” And yet the players who gave France its second football world cup are, in part, descendants of “migrants.” A French team

We won’t get pushed around!

May 8, 2018

“We’re angry railway workers, and we won’t get pushed around!” chanted the Parisian strikers who had gathered, on May 7th, in two Paris train stations. These demonstrations, which lasted the whole afternoon, despite the cops’ attacks with batons and tear

Another world is possible

April 23, 2018

The government says there is no money. We need to save on personnel in hospitals and schools. We must accept job insecurity and the end of railway workers special status. At the same time, they go to war in Syria,

This is just a start…!

April 2, 2018

SNCF, Carrefour, Air France, Universities, all together: This is just a start…! 300 Carrefour supermarkets on strike last weekend, strikes planned at Air France, universities occupied by students against the social selection plan for university admissions. And of course, the

This is just a start!

March 22, 2018

With the arrogance of an ex-business banker, Macron has led attack after attack against workers since his election. He now attacks railway workers head-on, hoping to break their fighting spirit and demoralise the whole working class, like Thatcher did with

All on strike on March 22nd, to begin a general fight

March 19, 2018

There were a lot of retirees out on March 15th. Tens of thousands of them in the country took to the streets, to protest against decreased pensions, together with retirement home employees. They have been called “privileged” persons by Macron,

Syria and migrants: a hypocrite and cynical government

February 26, 2018

Macron’s hypocritical speech on February 21st, giving moral lessons and asking for a truce in Syria, was given the same day as his Interior Minister, Gerard Collomb, presented his new bill to close even further the door on migrants and

All under attack: so, all mobilised?

February 19, 2018

Macron’s Bulldozer keeps moving forward. After the rulings on labour law, and before reforming unemployment benefits, he is targeting working class youths and public sector employees. As arrogant as ever, Macron just forgot one thing: he has now united the

Slavery in Libya: The French government’s responsibility

December 4, 2017

Macron was visibly annoyed by Burkina Faso student questions during his African Trip,‭ ‬when he snapped:‭ “‬The people smugglers in Libya are not French.‭ ‬They are African‭”‬.‭ ‬Certainly,‭ ‬there is no lack of people to take advantage of the situation

Slavery in Libya: The hatchet men‭… ‬and their‭ ‬backers

November 27, 2017

Images‭ ‬originally‭ ‬shown November‭ ‬14th on CNN‭ ‬have‭ ‬made it around the world.‭ ‬They show migrants in Libya being sold as slave at auctions.‭ ‬For a few‭ ‬hundred euros‭… ‬The people smugglers who take advantage of people’s misery to‭ ‬extort

It’s criminal,‭ ‬but it’s legal‭!

November 13, 2017

An international collaboration between news organisations revealed some dark secrets of fiscal‭ “‬optimisation‭” ‬practiced by multinationals and‭ ‬the super-rich.‭ ‬In France,‭ ‬€20‭ ‬billion escape income tax,‭ ‬and that’s a conservative estimate.‭ ‬That’s four times the shortfall in‭ ‬the‭ ‬social security

Macron and Philippe:‭ ‬bean counters for the bosses‭!

November 6, 2017

What the‭ ‬bosses‭’‬ union‭ ‬(Medef‭) ‬had been dreaming about,‭ ‬the government did.‭ ‬The‭ ‬administration put‭ ‬a‭ ‬“calculator of severance pay‭ ‬for wrongful dismissal‭”‬ online on its‭ ‬ website,‭ ‬for the bosses to use.‭ ‬It‭’‬s‭ ‬quite easy to use.‭ ‬Say you‭’‬re

Sexual harassment: Breaking the silence‭… ‬at work too

October 23, 2017

Asked about‭ ‬the‭ ‬Harvey Weinstein story during his‭ ‬October‭ ‬15th long interview‭ ‬on the TF1‭ ‬channel,‭ ‬Emmanuel Macron‭ ‬shed a‭ ‬perfunctory‭ ‬tear about the daily violence experienced by women.‭ ‬In a surge of political courage,‭ ‬he is about to‭… ‬cancel

Taking Aim At Unemployment… Or At The Unemployed?

October 16, 2017

On October 15th, Emmanuel Macron held the floor for over an hour on the TF1 channel. He is happy with all his policies: rulings on the Labour Code, increase in social security contributions, decrease in individual housing assistance, cutting the

Catalonia: From Anti-Referendum Repression To Social Unrest?

October 2, 2017

With clubs and rubber bullets, repression hit the independence referendum organised on October 1st in Catalonia. 844 people were injured, two of them seriously. The Spanish government deployed 10,000 police officers and civilian guards to close the polling stations and

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

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