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FRANCE: Struggle against austerity: A French mobilization infancy

[machine translation from French]  from Alternative Libertaire #223

06 Jan 2013

The European Day of Action on 14 November resulted in France mobilization subdued. We must consider how to build across Europe as a response to austerity. —- On November 14, millions of demonstrators and protesters marched across Europe against austerity, but only one hundred thousand in France. Seek error. The first initiative of the European Day of Action rests with unions in countries most exposed to austerity: Greece, Spain and Italy. The date was picked up by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), central hegemonic orientation clearly reformist. The majority of French unions is affiliated, even if this is not the case of Solidarity. However, the Inter-national has been slow to appeal to this day. Announced at least three weeks before the deadline, it was prepared in a hurry, even sloppy. Read the rest of this entry

In Egypt as well as in France, we say no to fascism!

Coordination des Groupes Anarchistes (Coordination of Anarchist Groups – Fr) – Statement

(Arabic and French versions follow the English one)

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FRANCE: On the Ongoing Insurrection at Notre-Dame-des-Landes

December 16, 2012 by anonymous

From Antidev

Going at the ZAD (as in « Zone Autonome à Défendre », or « Autonomous Zone to Defend ») amounts literally to be getting lost in the middle of nowhere, to arrive on a war front, to the cornerstone of a conflict between two worlds; between the dead world of a cattle/slave/consumer society they are forcing down our minds, and a world of liberty, of possibles for all those who come to built and defend it; a world of free wine and bread- and bed- to all those who oppose the regime where you get forcefully charged for all the material aspects of life. At the ZAD has been raging a long, continuous conflict suspended in uncertainty and disbelief as seen from both sides, an impossible stream of liberation at the very fringe (and yet the doorstep) of a miserable society of control, where quiet moments of comraderie and lazy living are shifting back and forth into days of wild fighting with authorities easily reminiscent of the French resistance against the Nazi occupation. It isn’t too far-fetched to describe it as a major tip of the iceberg in the ongoing social war between the consolidated totalitarian forces of corporate socialism (here, impersonated by the infamous “troika”) and the will and desires for liberation of the people that resent its many forms of oppression, just as it would be unwise to not see any relation between the Notre-Dame-des-Landes  struggle and the ongoing bailout/austerity protests that are shaking several major european cities these days. It also has quickly become some sort of focus, and catalyst, for the autonomous squat and the eco-anarchist movements in Europe. Read the rest of this entry

FRANCE: Neither Regret Nor Remorse: Colonial Nostalgia Among French Far Right

Dec 03 2012 by Thomas Serres

[Gérard Longuet gestures an [Gérard Longuet gestures an “up yours” to Algerian Minister of War Veterans, Cherrif Abbas. Screenshot taken from Public Senat.]

[On 17 October 1961, tens of thousands of Algerian protesters peacefully demonstrated against violations against their civil liberties in Paris. In the midst of the war of Independence (1954 – 1962), the FLN (Front de libération nationale) was engaged in a violent struggle against France that relied on the mobilization within the Metropole as well as combat in Algeria. As a result of FLN activities, the prefecture of police French state imposed a curfew on all of the approximately 150,000 Algerians living in Paris at the time (many of whom were officially considered French). The details of what transpired that night remain controversial, but what is clear is that tens, if not hundreds, of unarmed Algerians were killed, and many of their bodies thrown into the River Seine. Historian Jim House, who co-authored the definitive work on this massacre, has written that it was “the bloodiest act of state repression of street protest in Western Europe in modern history.”[1]  Read the rest of this entry