Secularism à la française and Islamophobia

27th July 2013 Socialist Action 0

Book review by Najete Michell

La Laicite Falsifiée [State Secularism Falsified] by Jean Beauberot

The question of what is known as ‘laïcité’ has raised passions in French politics for more than a decade.

It was in the name of ‘laïcité’ that laws were passed first prohibiting the hijab in schools, then the niqab in the street. Both led to increased Islamophobia. And now this is extending to the consideration of new laws prohibiting children’s nannies and mothers accompanying their children on school trips from wearing the hijab.

The National Front at Villeneuve sur Lot : a wake up call

3rd July 2013 Socialist Action 0

By Najete Michell

The by-election on 23rd June in Villeneuve sur Lot was a wake up call for the French political class. The second round run-off posed the question of whether the National Front candidate would win in the election for this Southern France parliamentary seat.

In the event, the NF candidate lost, but he nevertheless got 46 per cent of the vote in the run off against the UMP, apparently getting 7,000 more votes than in the first round, although the exact figures have yet to be released.

Image by Mark Dingemanse

Hands Off Mali!

16th January 2013 Socialist Action 0

By Tom Castle

The French military intervention in Mali has been trumpeted as a relaunch of the French Presidency, an example of Anglo-French co-operation and a necessary strike against militant Al Qaida-linked terrorists.

The grubby reality is that it is an extension of the joint imperialist project for northern Africa which is based on promoting the entirely selfish and strategic interests of imperialism. It follows the murderous interventions in Libya and Cote d’Ivoire as well as the desperate attempts to shore up other pro-Western dictatorships in the course of the Arab Spring.

photo by: Parti Socialiste

Rightward direction of Hollande government gets clearer

15th November 2012 Socialist Action 0

By Najete Michell

Since being elected on 6 May the Hollande government appeared to lack direction on several issues, reflecting pressures from the right and the left.

Critique of the government has focused on it ‘not communicating’ and for postponing difficult decisions.

All this hesitation succeeded in was to make nobody happy, reflected in a rising dissatisfaction rate, up to 58 per cent in the latest polls.

No ‘honeymoon’ for Hollande as French government continues austerity

20th July 2012 Socialist Action 0

By Abelle Moreau

The outcome of the French elections marks a turn in the political situation in France, which will now play out with implications for all parties.

Francois Hollande’s ‘honeymoon’ with French voters has been one of the shortest on record.

Having run his election campaign claiming he would reject Sarkozy’s austerity policies and insist on a ‘growth strategy’ alongside debt reduction, no new policies have materialised.