Benoit Hamon: the bulwark against Valls

28th January 2017 Socialist Action 0

Notes from the front of 28-01-2017

On Sunday (tomorrow) we will know who will be the candidate for President of the Socialist Party (SP) after one month of debate. Following the first round of this selection two contenders remain: the leader of the SP’s left opposition Benoit Hamon who came first with 36 per cent ahead of the last prime minister Manuel Valls (30 per cent). This result was taken as a slap in the face by Valls, but what would you expect after five years of austerity, whipping up racism and imposing the state of emergency – three things he was a strong promoter of.

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.